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    07-16-2010, 05:55 PM
@Sasika : Yeah, I like that better. [Levels in different sections] (:
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    07-16-2010, 11:46 PM
It's one thing to know alot and do it on a lesson horse, but you need to be able to apply yourself differently to different sorts of horses. You have to learn to "read" the horse...
Riding levels are alot more than EQ, IMO.
    07-16-2010, 11:52 PM
I was reading a book I got, I need to read it a little more carefully now that you mention it haha but it said there are like BEGGINERS the people who just learned how to get on a horse and then.. begginers .. people who know the ropes and everything and it said most olimpic or triple crown riders still consider themselfs intermetiate not advanced... but I don't really go with that because its kind of confusing..
    07-19-2010, 12:23 PM
Does the states not have an equivalent to the rider levels from Equine Canada? Perhaps this would be some interesting reading: Learn to Ride - Equine Canada - Hippique Canada

The PDF breaks it down into what each level consists of.
    07-21-2010, 05:13 PM
Yep it's really hard to place yourself and going by different 'sections' or things to do while riding is def the way to go.

I'm Icelandic and until around a year ago when I started taking lessons weekly a while after I moved to Scotland I had only ever ridden gaited Icelandic ponies/horses.

In some ways I was a complete beginner then, never posted trot, never jumped and not done any dressage. Had no idea what a shoulder in or a leg yield was.

I had however done a lot of gait aka tölt (or rack or single foot depending on what you call it) training and knew how to get started to try to clean up the tölt from a trotty or a pacy horse, I knew how to herd horses and how to work with other people to drive a big herd of horses over mountains and rivers etc. and hacking for hours and hours on rough terrain and in weather ranging from sun to really heavy winds and blizzards (it is rather funny when your black horse is white when you get back to the stables from snow stuck to him)

I'd dealt with spooky and very hot horses and been bolted with many times and fallen off a few, and had my own horse for around 6 years before I had to sell him when I knew I was going to move to the UK.

Now after roughly a year of lessons I'm pretty confident on the big horses (although I still miss the easy gaits and the spirit of the Icelandic horses) but I have so much to learn and have only jumped once for example (and that was only small cross rails).

It's been a really interesting experience being forced to swap horse cultures so drastically but horses are horses after all and a good seat and balance is pretty universal.
    07-27-2010, 01:48 PM
@MissH : Thanks :]

@Siggav : Oh wow, that's really cool

Originally Posted by Siggav    
and hacking for hours and hours on rough terrain and in weather ranging from sun to really heavy winds and blizzards (it is rather funny when your black horse is white when you get back to the stables from snow stuck to him)
    07-30-2010, 02:23 PM
For me I go by if you can properly w/t/c/ in the right position for a good amount of time, and be clear about what you are asking for, you're more intermediate. That's what I'm working on right now so I call myself a beginner.
    07-30-2010, 03:39 PM
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Here's something i've learned over the years: If you can get on your horse, ask him to do something, and not interfere with or impair his abilities to do what you ask, you can ride, and you can ride well.
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    07-31-2010, 06:18 PM
Your horse will always let you know what level you are riding at. A new horse will let you know that level even better.

I personally always guess one level down when someone tells me willingly what level they ride at. Usually that is even being generous.

I won't call myself advanced if you asked me, but I've had more than one trainer tell me that I rode at a professional level. I've ridden hundreds of horses and I have hundreds more to ride. Don't label yourself, because there will always be that next horse out there that will be happy to prove you wrong and slam you right back to beginner again, I personally am thrilled when I find one of these horses.
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    08-03-2010, 03:23 PM
Based on pictures I'd say advanced beginner.

Picture show: standing in irons when jumping, leaning on hands, heels too far back, thumbs pointing at each other rather than straight in the air ... all that equates to NOT having an "independent" seat - where you can move just one body part (arm, leg, or forearm, calf, hip) or weight one seatbone without inadvertantly moving the other parts of your body.

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