How do you know what level rider you are?

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How do you know what level rider you are?

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    07-15-2010, 04:41 PM
How do you know what level rider you are?

Are there certain levels?
(Not in showing - I just mean in general )
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    07-15-2010, 05:05 PM
Not official levels, but levels like "beginner", "advanced beginner", "intermediate", "advanced intermediate", and advanced are typically used to classify riders in terms of their skill level. And professional, of course.

You base yourself off of what kind of horses you've worked with, how secure you are in the saddle, your position, abilities, etc.
    07-15-2010, 05:26 PM
Alright, thank you. (:

I'm trying to figure out what level rider I am, haha xP
    07-15-2010, 05:30 PM
Lol. If you provide us with some info and pics/vids we could help you out
    07-15-2010, 05:43 PM
Haha, okay, thank you (:
(let me know if you need any more info xP)

I'm 16 and I ride English and rode on and off for a year, but after that I have been riding 1-2 times a week for 2 years. I've never shown, but if I were, it'd be in Equitation. I've only ridden about 7-8 horses before. I walk/trot/canter - but have never galloped (on purpose). I can jump crossrails, verticals, lines, bounces, in-and-outs, oxers, swedish oxers, fan jumps. The highest I've jumped is 3 feet, but I jump 2'9 regularly.

(Now a lot of random info xP) I can clean/groom/tack up. I know how to take apart and put together tack. I have all my own riding clothes/boots/etc. I've partially leased a horse for a month before and will be doing that again this summer. I work 5 days a week at the barn. I've been run away with/stepped on/bucked. I've fallen off way more times than I can count. XP

-going to find pictures-
    07-15-2010, 05:51 PM
^ I know I'm way too far ahead of the pommel - these pictures are from about 3 months ago and I've been working on that a lot :D

    07-15-2010, 05:53 PM
Here's my most recent video of me riding :

It's not that great because I just fell off a minute before the video. :/ (Which is why she's not cantering)

You can see other videos of me riding on my channel though. :D
    07-15-2010, 09:24 PM
I use the method of counting the bones that have been broken and how many times for each.,
    07-16-2010, 02:23 PM
I'm at a level zero then :P
    07-16-2010, 02:35 PM
Green Broke
Just pick a level that sounds right. Everyone's going to have different standards. I use competent or experienced when describing my riding. If people ask how well I can ride I say like "pretty okay" or something, like I don't want to say something that sounds up myself, or say something that will make them expect something, but I've been riding for 10 years or so, so I'm pretty decent at it.

The problem with beginner/intermediate/advanced scale is that they're way too broad. Like riding schools will have "advanced" students but in my mind you can never really be "advanced" if you've only ridden school horses. Its not just about knowing concepts, its about successfully implementing them. Also, you could be advanced in some sort of riding, and know absolutely nothing about another. I'd prefer to explain things in sections, for example someone could say that they are competent at general riding but a beginner in showjumping, or competent at general riding but not experienced in dressage, etc. Or competent at general riding and jumping, but only at a beginner-intermediate level of training horses. I don't know. Just say what feels right.

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