How do YOU know when your horse is ready to move up levels in eventing?

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How do YOU know when your horse is ready to move up levels in eventing?

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    11-09-2012, 09:46 AM
Talking How do YOU know when your horse is ready to move up levels in eventing?

I want to hear how YOU know when your horse is ready to move up a level in eventing. Does he/she need to win? Or just simply go nicely through the 3phases without a problem?
I will not reply to rude comments, this is supposed to be helpful :)
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    11-12-2012, 05:51 PM
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Obviously if the horse is being placed then that is a very good indicator!
Other than that if a horse is going well, is bold and confident across country and jumping clears in the SJ then he could move up.

A lot depends on the riders ability more than the horses.
    11-12-2012, 06:30 PM
Competitive dressage, clear rounds or rounds with only minor errors, and placing.

My old trainer used to say that when 3/4 of the cross country course looked easy it was time to move up to that level.
    11-12-2012, 09:41 PM
I was told it was time to move up when you are consistently finishing on your dressage score alone. It doesn't hurt when all the fences start to look small either!

eventing, levels, training

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