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!
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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."