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post #21 of 25 Old 08-06-2012, 12:42 PM
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so did she do first 1st 3 in the past or right now ? because she said "I actually at home ride 1st level 3", which makes me think she schools that at home right now.

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post #22 of 25 Old 08-06-2012, 12:46 PM
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so did she do first 1st 3 in the past or right now ? because she said "I actually at home ride 1st level 3", which makes me think she schools that at home right now.
Hmmmm... I don't know. My understanding was the horse was shown and schooled at the higher levels before the injury, and recovering now. I very well may be wrong of course. I hope OP will answer your question. :)

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yeah, I school first 3 movements (leg yield, 10m, canter 1 loop, stretchy circle, haunces in, shoulder in) but show intro because A. I am new to showing. I have never showed by myself before other then fun shows. B. My horse is recovering from an injury and C. because my instructor said I have to get really good at a lower level to move up showing to a higher level. I also want to make sure that I master everything before I move on.
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Gypsy, I think it is perfectly viable to show a few levels below where you are training, particularly on an inexperienced horse or a nervous rider.
I am training elementary/medium level at home (I think 3rd/4th US?) - shoulder in, travers, walk pirouettes, 10m canter circles with simple changes, counter canter and touching on flying changes.
And I am presently competing preliminary/novice (training/1st US?) as my horse is extremely inexperienced in a competition environment, so tends to get tired very quickly and tension creeps in. There's no way I could ride a 60+% elementary on him right now, even if he's working at that level quite easily at home.
I hate to see horses pushed up levels before they are ready, I am of the school of thought, that you must be very established in a competition at one level, before moving to the next. A 70% would be a good goal, BUT, some horses are not 70% horses so you need to bare that in mind.

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Ok here's my $0.02 on the whole competing thing. Yes show a level below what you are schooling, and I don't mean schooling by you're missing one movement in the test, I mean schooling by kind of starting the stuff. At the lower levels you have to push a little bit. I showed 2nd level before my horse was really "down pat" in the collection and still managed to win stuff. Showed third level with occasional bucking in the changes, still managed to win stuff. Where being absolutely 100% confirmed in your work starts to matter is in FEI - before that, stumble through and the judges are far more forgiving. If we all were to sit around until we aced everything in a test - well there wouldn't be anyone riding above first level. That kind of perfectionist view is great at PSG and above because it is how you get the really good scores, and a GP well that's as high as you can go so perfectionist away all you want. But it gets really boring, really fast. Always try new things, dont be afraid to ride something because it's 2-3 levels above what you are showing. My horse had pirouettes before he had changes and we were riding 2nd level at the shows. All horses progress differently and just because it's not in the test doesn't mean dont school it. And just because you don't have something in the test, dont be afraid to go show it! IMO a horse is in the same environment whether they are doing training level or GP so why would you ride lower than what you can? The results of a little "push and shove" may surprise some.

As far as OP expecting 70% in intro at recognized shows - good luck but I think you're raising the bar far too high.
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