Okay ... so what does that mean? In short, I realized that I am not entitled to a finished, medium level dressage horse. Nowhere does it say that buying a horse with potential guarantees you a horse that moves up a level each year. It will either come with great patience and hard work, or it won't. I asked myself if I am truly committed to this horse and whether or not I am willing to put in whatever work it takes.
I like Izzy, and I want us to have a long partnership. Since I truly want that partnership to come to fruition, I am simply going to go at a pace that Izzy can handle. With less of a focus on SHOWING and more work on the relationship, I know we'll get there. It might not be where I first thought we'd end up, but we'll be somewhere!