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:
-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.
-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
-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).
-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.