It isn't about 'feeling like a beginner', it's about BEING a beginner. At that level. Literally. That is truly what happens. It's not about me 'feeling' like a beginner when I move up. it's about every single rider BEING a beginner - when they move up to that level. More power, more impulsion, the person cannot sit elegantly, hold his hands still, keep his legs from swinging. There is a certain amount of this that no rider can help. Moving up to FEI, a person is just not going to look so great. That is PART of what is seen with this rider. Incompetence. Inexperience. Big strong horse. BUT....being a beginner at FEI has nothing to do with smacking the horse. That's about the person's character - inability to deal with the frustrations everyone else has and deals with quietly and with respect shown to the horse, respect for their trainer, respect for the sport. Again, as I have said over and over, there are two issues going on. One is her incompetence, the other is her temper. Incompetence(lack of technical strength and skill + lack of experience), leads to buying such a big-moving international horse. Incompetence leads one to sign up for a show when one is not ready. Incompetence leads one to sign up for the wrong classes. Smacking the horse, spurring the horse, yanking the reins when all of those incompetent decisions come to a head? That's temper. That's her problem.