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    08-03-2010, 05:16 PM
If you haven't started horses or competed professionally then you're automatically a beginner - Simple as that.
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    08-03-2010, 06:07 PM
^^^ I don't agree with that at all. Not everyone wants to compete however they are often very competent riders who are no where near beginers. Also handeling a broad spectrum of horses is going to increase you experience much more then starting one or two.
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    08-03-2010, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
If you haven't started horses or competed professionally then you're automatically a beginner - Simple as that.
What? Are you kidding?
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    08-07-2010, 03:18 PM
Actually yes I am. Last time we had a thread like this that seemed to be the prevailing opinion.... Or at least, you're automatically a beginner if you've only ridden school horses. Interesting how the responses have been completely different this time around.

Personally I don't like terms such as "advanced beginner" etc - it gets too confusing. I think if you can sit all gaits properly and with quiet hands, then you can ride. Anything above that should be described as "I can do level 1 dressage and jump 3 ft" or something like that, even if you've never competed.
    08-08-2010, 12:23 AM
Originally Posted by Saskia    
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.
True true, but it also depends on the type of 'school horse.' For example, not saying I'm an advanced rider or not... frankly I don't focus on that..., I've never owned a horse but I have been the first person other than my trainer to ride a new horse during his first week jumping... ever... And off the track thoroughbreds need a certain experienced rider to manage properly especially when jumping.
    08-08-2010, 12:41 AM
I may be totally off here, but as far as riding skill level, I think its how you handle the problems that happen, be it a missed jump, buck, spook, barn sour, or one of the many things that happen while riding, so I guess I am talking about not showing, but being able to ride and handle a horse no matter what breed or show style.... I personaly think if you have never been thrown, your have not pushed your limits !!! I have pushed lots of limits !! LOL
    08-08-2010, 06:08 AM
I don't get these threads sorry. I find them really quite pointless, they seem to be the 'flavour of the month' though, not quite sure why as they always wind up with the same result - "You can't give a name to a specific 'level' of rider".
To be quite frank, it is my opinion that those who come onto forums asking to be told what level of rider they are, simply want us to give them sunshine, rainbows and fairies.
Really quite a pointless waste of a thread.
    08-08-2010, 10:23 AM
I don't get people who have to say how pointless a thread is. Maybe there is a point to someone else.... If someone out there is looking for a little insight, or advise, what is the harm...if they are such a waste of time, why don't you just skip em? I sometimes like sunshine, rainbows and faires.. IMHO
    08-08-2010, 06:58 PM
Yes, if you don't care for the topic of a thread then don't reply. Imagine if someone posted a thread asking "who has a TB?" and everyone who doesn't have a TB replied saying "well I don't." It would take up many pages for nothing.
    08-11-2010, 11:54 PM
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MissH-- I was going to look those up, but you posted them first!

Defining levels of where a person is at is hard....depending on where you are, everything could be different. What really is an advanced beginner? Whats the difference between novice and intermediate? In the end, it comes down to opinions of whoever your coach or friends are...Unless you live in Canada and have taken the tests for rider levels....but even then, that comes from a few peoples opinion on where people should be.

I've been riding for about 15 years on whatever farm horse we had...started colts, jumped, helped round up cows....but just had a coach tell me I was only be a level 4 rider. It was a bummer, but in reality, according to the testing OEF has put out, that is where I would be. But it still doesnt tell me if I am a Beginner/Novice/Advanced rider.

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