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    07-08-2010, 02:22 PM
  #1
Banned
what level am I?

I was wondering what you guys think about my skill set and where you would put me on the rider scale (beginner, advanced beginner, Intermediate, etc.) I ride western:


Riding Skill
-I can walk and trot a horse w/o using the saddle horn and keep correct posture.
-I can post at the trot w/o use of the saddle horn and keep correct posture
-I can lope a horse. I still hold on to the saddle horn unless the horse is collected and going at a nice even pace. I can maintian correct posture except for turning tightly (like turning barrels)
-I have done work on the barrels, poles, light cattle work, WP work, and some trail class work.
-I can saddle and bridle a horse in both western and english tack.
-I can back a horse, spin ( like a reining spin), turn left and right, move hind and front end, collect a horse, and sidepass.
-I have ridden english a few times and can perform the above at a walk only.
-I have trail ridden in various group sizes. I have crossed water, rode up and down hills, and have ridden next to the road.

Horse Care
-I can groom a horse including currying, pulling manes, and picking hoofs.I can bathe a horse.
-I can care for minor wounds.
-I can look for and identify several different equine ailments such as colic, dehydration, hives, potomac horse fever, etc.
- I can feed horses under the supervision of the horse owners and have basic knowledge on hay types and grains

Horse Handling
-I can catch, halter, lead, and tie a horse.
-I can deal with moderate behavior issues such as biting, shoving, refusal (like not wanting to walk forward), bucking (smaller bucks, not bronc rides), and kicking.
-I can lunge a horse at w/t/c.

Breeds, Markings, and Conformation
-I can identify several breeds.
-I can identify colors, markings, and coat patterns
-I have a good eye for conformation and have been to several judging contests (Illinois FFA state horse judging contestI placed 28th out of 222 participants).

General
-The youngest horse I have ridden was a month from turning 4. I have ridden 12 different horses of varing ages, breeds, genders, and temperments
-I have been riding for 5 years and have spent approximately 250 hours working with and riding horses.
-I have helped teach lessons to beginner riders and have helped out with several horse camps.


I apologize for adding yet another one of these threads and thank you for your imput.
     
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    07-08-2010, 02:26 PM
  #2
Showing
In between beginner and advanced beginner.

If you have to hold on to the horn when you're loping/cantering or around tight turns, you're not really advanced, but you do have some skill sets that put you above rank beginner.

I'm a little surprised that you've been riding for 5 years and still need to balance off the horn at times. But then, I don't ride Western and maybe that's normal for your particular discipline.
     
    07-08-2010, 03:33 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
I would say beginner-intermediate with a solid foundation on basic horse care, maintenance and handling
     
    07-08-2010, 03:42 PM
  #4
Showing
Still a beginner, until you've achieved correct form and posture at all primary gaits (walk, jog, lope). Once you've achieved that and have ridden some challenging mounts, you'll be at intermediate level.

I like your avatar btw!
     
    07-08-2010, 03:43 PM
  #5
Yearling
How do you have the knowledge to collect a horse, but still can't ride a canter without holding the horn?

You've asked this previously. Same level.
     
    07-08-2010, 03:55 PM
  #6
Banned
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
If you have to hold on to the horn when you're loping/cantering or around tight turns, you're not really advanced, but you do have some skill sets that put you above rank beginner.

I'm a little surprised that you've been riding for 5 years and still need to balance off the horn at times. But then, I don't ride Western and maybe that's normal for your particular discipline.
I've really been trying to work on that, but the only place I can really lope now is on trail rides.

My previous riding instuctor (my actual lesson teacher) had a huge indoor arena that was the perfect size to get a moderately paced lope in. And for the three years I did ride there I learned just how to sit at the lope without bouncing everywhere and giving the horse "kidney punches".

I am now riding with a different instrutor (I an more like a unpaid stablehand/ prodige(?) ). He only has a SMALL roundpen and a triangular shaped pasture to ride in. So I really can't do any cantering until we get out on the trails and find a decent sized pasture to lope in.

I'm not trying to make excuses, what I can do is what I can do. But I am hoping to go trail riding this weekend and get some practice in.

As for balancing off the horn, it depends on the person and their abilities, but usually it is only done in timed sports (like barrels ad poles) to brace themselves. Some riders do and some don't. But just to be loping around in a nice sized circle, it is generally undesired.

Thanks for your imput speedracer and farmpony84! I appreciate it!
     
    07-08-2010, 04:05 PM
  #7
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Originally Posted by mayfieldk    
How do you have the knowledge to collect a horse, but still can't ride a canter without holding the horn?

You've asked this previously. Same level.
I don't think I have asked before .
As I said in my OP, I can lope without holding on if the horse is going a even paced lope and has a consistant beat to his gait. If they get off beat a bit or speed up I start to get uneven and I hold the saddle horn. When I don't have to hold on, I can get fairly good collection from a horse. It isn't perfect, but I know how to do it and I can under certain circumstances.

And again I thank everyone on their imput.
     
    07-08-2010, 04:21 PM
  #8
Trained
I would say advanced beginner
     
    07-08-2010, 04:33 PM
  #9
Banned
Oooh! I forgot I can clean a stall.

:roll: That by itself moves me up to super advanced, right? Jk.
     
    07-10-2010, 01:29 PM
  #10
Foal
If you want to continue to develop, you should do some work in the round pen, walk, trot, canter, with no reins to hold onto. And not holding onto the saddle horn. My instructor made me take several lessons like this, then she took away my stirrups. You will really improve your balance.
     

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