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    06-23-2009, 08:43 PM
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Yearling
Level of riding? Is there really a way to judge?

Okay, I'm a bit confused about levels of riding (beginner, intermediate, ect), so I'd like to see where you guys think I am.
Stuff I haven't done:
We haven't worked on a lot of flat work/dressage excercises like bending and leg yields, yet, but we are going to learn this month. I'm riding every day exept for Saturday and Sunday, and my instructor is awesome and very determined to have us bending left and right, doing leg yields, and flying lead changes by the end of the month. (:
Basic things:
Can turn on the forehand, sidepass, ride no reins (though we're not perfect! He doesn't always listen!), ride in an arena, in a field and on a trail. Have done a few shows but only on the farm, as I don't have my own horse.
I can put on an english tack.. saddle, hackamore, bridle without or without a curb chain, martingale, without help.
Can lead a horse without any help, have for several years.
Can give a horse a shower/bath without help, can just quickly wash down a horse by myself, can put on a halter, can take a horse out of a stall by myself. Can groom a horse by myself. Know how to feed the horses but I don't work at the barn or have my own horse. I know how to put a horse in a field and catch/take a horse out of a field without help.
I'm bad with breeds.. I can see a few basic breeds but I'm still learning with this.
I know horse colors down pat.
Jumping: Personally, I don't think that you can really judge by the height you jump, but I do jump 2'6 and could probably make it up to 3'0 or so without an issue. We do cross country and just normal jumping courses. I've done bounces (crossrails), verticles, but we don't usually have oxers set up so I'm yet to try one, though we'll probably get to it this summer.
Horse level: I've trained several horses, can sit a buck or rear, deal with bolting, ect. I'm helping teach my favorite pony, Gonzo, to jump and stop spooking all the time and we're doing very well. I ride mainly advanced horses, sometimes I school beginner horses when there being butt faces, and sometimes ride intermediate horses when I don't want to worry about control as much as postition, though it isn't much of a problem for me on my advanced horses either.
Trotting: I know how to do a sitting trot without bouncing a lot (heal out, hips left and right, ect), can do two point, jumping position, standing straight up at the trot without falling for a very long time. Can trot no stirrups as well as I can with stirrups, though Gonzo is still learning to get used to the stirrups brushing against him. Have trotted bareback on really bouncy horses, too. Can do serpentines and figure eights without a lead (horse to fallow) and with one. Can get proper spacing during a group lesson at the trot.. Can pick up the right diagnol easily. I can do jumps at the trot, cavaletties at the trot, trotting poles at the trot. Can do 50 meter and 20 meter circles.
Cantering: Can pick up a right lead, can tell the difference between right and wrong leads. Can canter from halt, walk, and trot... know to sit before I canter. Have cantered no stirrups several times, haven't had to oppertunity to canter bareback yet but hoping to try it this summer! (: Can canter over jumps. Can do 50 meter circles. Still getting flying lead changes down but we're working on it. I only work on them with Rupert because Gonzo doesn't know them yet and we're taking it slow with his cantering. Can canter[walk, and trot] down hill and uphill. Can canter without slamming on his back.. Can canter in half-seat. Can ride in all paces of cantering (slow canter, in the middle, fast), can canter all levels of horses.
I think I covered everything.. I dunno. Sorry it's so long.
Also.. don't be too harsh. I've been riding for 5 years but riding seriously for three. I just started jumping last summer and barely did it this lesson season, starting again toward the end of the year. =]
     
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    06-23-2009, 09:07 PM
  #2
Green Broke
A video of you riding is the best way to tell you.
     
    06-23-2009, 09:13 PM
  #3
Yearling
Wish I could get one but no one comes to see me ride. :[
     
    06-25-2009, 06:47 AM
  #4
Weanling
Awww, sad! Lol, no one's interested in watching me ride either!! It's reeeaally hard to judge someone's skill level without actually SEEING them ride. I mean, someone could say that they can canter really well and jump 3 feet, but in reality be totally out of control and jerking the horse in its mouth and have a horse which is dangerous and charging jumps! Not that I'm saying YOU'RE like that of course!!! :)
If you're riding in a school, your instructor will be the best judge of your current skill level. If not, the closest horsey person will do!!!
     

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