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    07-27-2010, 09:15 PM
  #1
Foal
Rider Level

I don't know exactly where this should go. I figured it should go here.

What level rider would you say I am?
I think I am intermediate, but my parents say I am a beginner.

I have been riding for 6 years, only 1 year of formal lessons. I can walk, jog, and lope well. I have only galloped once while I was riding a greenbroke horse bareback. I have ridden bareback multiple times. I can also muck out stalls and groom horses. I can tack up and bathe horses without any help. I can do basic ground-work and handle any behavior issue (bucking, biting, kicking, rearing, being run off with) with minimal difficulty. I have ridden several green horses. I have shown horses in halter classes before, haven't really done much showing than that. Showing is just not my thing. I have been on trail rides. I can rope off of horses. I have fallen off a few times, but get back up and get back on. I have also helped rescue horses.

I think that is it. I will post more if I can remember or think of it. Lol.
     
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    07-27-2010, 09:24 PM
  #2
Foal
Oh. I almost forgot. I ride western. I don't know if it will make a difference, but I thought I should tell ya'll that anyway.

Sorry for the spelling issue in the title. I didn't look at it before I posted it. I obviously hit the keys in the wrong order. Lol.
     
    07-27-2010, 11:50 PM
  #3
Weanling
I'm really not into the whole "Beginner, intermediate, advanced..." rider crap. I've never seen a written definition for these descriptions so I have no clue what makes you an "advanced" rider.

Where I ride, no one looks at you and says "Oh wow... She's such an advanced rider..." Or "Oh my gosh.. What a beginner!" I don't know. You just never hear it. Ever. Maybe it's a show thing. If it is, I wouldn't know because I don't show. I just ride, which sounds like what you're doing. Maybe I'm the only one who doesn't really care much to be put into a level. If you can ride the horse you have, and ride him well. If you can handle him and what he throws at you, then you should be proud of yourself. I wouldn't get too caught up in levels.
     
    07-28-2010, 12:01 AM
  #4
Weanling
Oh, I forgot to ask. Why do your parents feel that you're only a beginner?
     
    07-28-2010, 12:17 AM
  #5
Yearling
I honestly think the only way for people on the internet to judge the "level" of riding you are at is to watch a video of you riding where they can judge your seat, posture, position, hands and balance.

I think that's really the only gauge of "levels" that I can think of once you have the basics and gaits down and are able to master the art of "staying on."
     
    07-28-2010, 11:08 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Thatgirlsacowboy    
Oh, I forgot to ask. Why do your parents feel that you're only a beginner?
They just think that they are better than me, even though they havent had any lessons and have only been riding for about 2-3 years. They don't really know much about riding. It shows in their position and control of horses. In actuality, I have probably done more with horses than both of them combined.
     
    07-28-2010, 11:09 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Deerly    
I honestly think the only way for people on the internet to judge the "level" of riding you are at is to watch a video of you riding where they can judge your seat, posture, position, hands and balance.

I think that's really the only gauge of "levels" that I can think of once you have the basics and gaits down and are able to master the art of "staying on."
I will try to get some video the next time I ride. I have no idea when that will be though, because it has really been too hot to ride recently.
     
    07-28-2010, 11:15 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Thatgirlsacowboy    
I'm really not into the whole "Beginner, intermediate, advanced..." rider crap. I've never seen a written definition for these descriptions so I have no clue what makes you an "advanced" rider.

Where I ride, no one looks at you and says "Oh wow... She's such an advanced rider..." Or "Oh my gosh.. What a beginner!" I don't know. You just never hear it. Ever. Maybe it's a show thing. If it is, I wouldn't know because I don't show. I just ride, which sounds like what you're doing. Maybe I'm the only one who doesn't really care much to be put into a level. If you can ride the horse you have, and ride him well. If you can handle him and what he throws at you, then you should be proud of yourself. I wouldn't get too caught up in levels.
The reason I want to know is because I might be horse shopping soon. My parents are selling my horse because he is mean to the rest of our herd.
     
    07-28-2010, 01:06 PM
  #9
Green Broke
In my humble opinion, anyone who asks what rider level they are is a beginner who wants an ego boost. This may not always be the case, but from all the cases I have seen, it is.
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    07-28-2010, 05:41 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by Sunny    
In my humble opinion, anyone who asks what rider level they are is a beginner who wants an ego boost. This may not always be the case, but from all the cases I have seen, it is.
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That is not what I want at all. I am just curious so I can know what kind of horses to look for. I don't want to look at a horse that doesn't suit my level of riding. I know I will end up getting hurt if that happens.
     

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