Do you have to move up the levels?

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        07-07-2013, 04:45 AM
    Do you have to move up the levels?

    I started eventing last summer and competed at Elementary a couple weeks ago (SO MUCH FUN) which was up to 2'6", mostly because the horse I lease can't jump higher than 2'9", really. And I'm new to the eventing world, but 100% hooked. I don't own my own horse (I'm very set on getting an OTTB or something young and training it with the help of my trainer in the next couple years), and I know there's no way I can afford to show every weekend and I honestly have no interest in jumping past, I don't know, novice maybe? I don't want to get into politics of the higher levels because I don't have the money to pursue grand prix or anything, and I feel it's really just dangerous after that for the rider and the horse. Especially the horse. I've seen a lot of amazing horses go downhill fast because they're pushed to jump too high. But, is it crazy to want to get a young horse if I end up not having experience jumping higher than 2'11", maybe even lower, before that? I figure as long as I have a lot of experience riding/jumping in general and help from experienced trainers it'd be fine, right? Or am I totally missing something? It is three in the morning, after all. Thanks!
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        07-07-2013, 05:00 AM
    It's absolutely fine to not want to move up levels. It's also fine to buy a young horse without upper level experience. Just enjoy it!
        07-07-2013, 11:10 AM
    Stick to the level in which you are comfortable and confident. Moving up if you don't have the desire to, or moving up too soon can hurt your confidence level and then you would begin to dread riding. Riding is supposed to be enjoyable and fun..not a chore. :)

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