Someone commented the other day that it took three years before her horse was show ready. When I first read that, I was horrified. Three years! I can't wait that long. But after thinking about it for a while, I thought why not? I (mostly) enjoy the challenge, and Izzy is sure making me a better rider. So what if we're not zooming through the levels in his second year of being under saddle.
Then I got really greedy. I've been reassured by people who know that Izzy has an obvious talent for upper level work. Once I get him a bit more submissive, maybe we'll come out at Second Level and just skip all of this Intro and Training nonsense.
Until he starts giving me more frequent yes ma'ams, the whip and spurs stay.