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    12-05-2011, 04:55 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
When you are consistently able to score in the high 60% range with a good judge and feel like you can consistently school every movement to the level of an "8", then its time to move up.

Dressage is not about ribbons, its about scores. If you are winning everything with a 10% margin but still only at a 60% then you are still not ready for the next level!

Good luck!
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    12-05-2011, 04:56 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
When you are consistently able to score in the high 60% range with a good judge and feel like you can consistently school every movement to the level of an "8", then its time to move up.

Dressage is not about ribbons, its about scores. If you are winning everything with a 10% margin but still only at a 60% then you are still not ready for the next level!

Good luck!
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I haven't hit an 8 at ANYTHING yet. Our highest is 7, but more likely just 6's. Yes he has improved since then, but I'm not sure it's enough for the 8's.
     
    12-05-2011, 05:07 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
When you are consistently able to score in the high 60% range with a good judge and feel like you can consistently school every movement to the level of an "8", then its time to move up.

Dressage is not about ribbons, its about scores. If you are winning everything with a 10% margin but still only at a 60% then you are still not ready for the next level!

Good luck!
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Thank you, I keep trying to figure out how to explain it to people who tell me that I should move up, even though I am dissatisfied with some things. Call me a perfectionist but I suppose I want those score cards that show my improvement before I forge ahead.

I love my horse dearly, I think he is the most perfect horse in the world. I don't hear him grind his teeth when I ride. I don't notice all his flaws. I think if he doesn't hand gallop during his free walk, then we should get 9's for everything LOL. But I know that isn't the case. I want to know how judges see him before thinking I am right to say he has mastered elements. Don't get me wrong, I will always think he is my perfect "heart horse."
     
    12-06-2011, 06:57 PM
  #14
Weanling
I am in much of the same place, I have no dressage trainer to actively turn to for advice, but continue to work forward any means possible.

I totally echo anebel! My goal is to achieve 70s (or 20s is eventing) before moving up to the next level.

You mentioned that you are clinicing a lot. Have you approached any of the dressage clinicians about their opinion? They've just seen your horse go and may be able to point you in the right direction. If you have any shows/farms that offer fix a tests, these are great opportunities to get feed back as well and go through the motions of the test.
     
    12-06-2011, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by MudPaint    
I am in much of the same place, I have no dressage trainer to actively turn to for advice, but continue to work forward any means possible.

I totally echo anebel! My goal is to achieve 70s (or 20s is eventing) before moving up to the next level.

You mentioned that you are clinicing a lot. Have you approached any of the dressage clinicians about their opinion? They've just seen your horse go and may be able to point you in the right direction. If you have any shows/farms that offer fix a tests, these are great opportunities to get feed back as well and go through the motions of the test.
Well, it's not quite that simple because I haven't been going to "Dressage" clinics. I don't really have transportation for my horse (except to shows) so I usually go with whomever comes to our stable. Two clinicians are regulars, 1 is an NH trainer who does have dressage experience and the other is a reining/cutting trainer. Believe it or not I've learned the most from the reining trainer. His fiance used to ride dressage so he does have quite an understanding on how his discipline links to Dressage. I'm hoping to get to go to some Dressage clinics in the future but for now, this is what I have to go on.

My hubby is on vacation for 2 weeks so I'm hoping to get a bit of video of Cin after his complete warm ups etc, and post them up to see what you guys think. That won't be for another week or so though.
     
    12-07-2011, 09:37 AM
  #16
Showing
Cinny, with all respect a good trainer would be the best road to take unless you are very experienced rider. What you think is perfect to you may be very far from perfect in reality. I have it from time to time: it feels good to me and then my trainer brings me back to the earth by saying "not enough bend" or "bad transition" or whatever else. And when she says it I can feel it.

I agree with Anebel: if you don't have a professional watching scores would be a good measurement. Don't go to the higher level right away even if you feel you both are ready, start low and slow at first. This way you'll be sure you are ready to move up (and getting positive experience/good scores in beginning IS important IMHO ).
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