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post #1 of 5 Old 04-09-2013, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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I've always wanted to know...

...What level rider I would be considered.

I've never had a formal lesson before in my life and most things I know are all self taught.

What I have done:
-Team Roping
-Barrel racing
-ranch riding (cutting, sorting, bad bad bad terrain at high speeds, pasture roping...)
-Dabbled in English
-Dabbled in some reining/working cow horse
-trained a total of 4 horses from scratch, 2 of which were wild and untouched when they came to me
-I've spent most of my horsey-career on GREEN horses.

What I have trained:
-moving the front and hind quarters independently
-leg yields w/t
-backing up with seat and legs, and very little rein
-balanced T/L
-Lead changes (simple and some flying)
-have handled "push" and "pull" style horses
-have worked with a few problem horses (rearers, buckers, bolters)
-Confident on a hot horse, and can handle hot horses
-I have trained horses for collection, not headset (learned that by my own mistakes)
-Know my way around breaking horses, from the first saddling, the groundwork and the first 30 rides.

So, from that quickly put together list of things (theres probably a few more things I forgot/only come to mind when I encounter the need for it) what level of rider would you say I am?

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-09-2013, 05:22 PM
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IDK. Why do want a label? Are you considering advertising as a trainer?

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-09-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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No... being a trainer is not for me. I rode for a horse trader for a while last year and plan to agai this sumner and I dont think I could handle the "different" kinds of people if you know what I mean.

I think it would just be cool to know for the heck of it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-09-2013, 07:53 PM
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Better than me! I don't have half the experience you do. Just a few years dinkin' around and a lot of "book larnin".
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-09-2013, 10:44 PM
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There's no level system. If you can do all that on only one horse are you better or worse than someone who can do most of that on many horses? What about if someone doesn't do the roping and barrels but does 4' courses?

There's no way to measure.

The only "levels" there are exist in shows, for showing purposes to keep people of similar ability together.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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