I’m an adult amateur and re-rider. I have been showing in the Low Adult Hunters (2’6) for about a year. My goal is to move up to the Adults (3ft) when the time is right. My question is - how do you know when the time is right? Some days, I feel like I’m ready and others I’m not so sure.
I’m in a full-time program with a trainer who won’t steer me wrong in this decision, but I’m looking to hear others’ experiences for when they knew they were ready. Is it when your current level feels mundane? Is it when you picture yourself at the new level in a show setting, there are no nerves or worry?
Again, this is something I can easily talk to my trainer about, but I’d just like to hear from fellow ammys when they knew the time was right. I’m in no hurry and have a very capable horse (steady eddy who has shown up to 1.40s). But I just want to know your opinions and experiences - mentally, how do you know it’s time and you’re ready to move up? What’s the checklist?