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post #1 of 19 Old 04-17-2014, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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What level rider am I

I have been riding for 4 years and need to know so as I can put it on an Application form,

I can:

walk- extended and medium
trot- extended and working, I know how to check diaganols.
canter- extended and medium and out on tracks
jump up to 70cm

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post #2 of 19 Old 04-17-2014, 07:33 AM
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Beginner intermediate.

The fact that you can do the above on one horse does not mean you can do it on all.

For me the level of a rider is not when they can do a particular thing on one horse but when they can get it on all they ride and, riding different horses adds to experience.

At your age I had probably ridden over 50 different horses and ponies, mainly ponies.
This was because I rode at a good riding school and always wanted to try something different.
At 13 I was in the Pony Club Horse Trial team, at 14 had my PC 'B' test and the 'A' and BHSAI at 17.
My experience came from riding so many different horses.
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post #3 of 19 Old 04-17-2014, 08:13 PM
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Impossible to tell.

People have different standards of "skill level," there is no way to tell you that you will be an intermediate rider under the eyes of every single trainer you meet. Three trainers will tell you three different things.

That said, based on what you've stated, I would just write Intermediate on your form. They'll expect you to be able to ride, but won't be expecting too much of you.

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IME, if you're asking the question and you can make a list of all the things you can do then you're a beginner.

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IME, if you're asking the question and you can make a list of all the things you can do then you're a beginner.
I don't even get this ^^ response. Was it supposed to be funny? Didn't come across that way to me.

Can you ride equally well with and without stirrups?
Have you ridden several different horses to the same level?
Do you ride well in those gaits bareback?
Have you done any groundwork?

Answers to these questions could move you up or down on the scale. Maybe if you took some videos of yourself doing these various things, people could give you a more accurate response.

Also, like someone already noted, different people will rate you differently just based on their own internal scale. So if you're submitting a resumé or CV, list your skills individually (but in a short paragraph, not long-winded). That will help them assign an accurate level to you they can appreciate.
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I assume you can also catch, halter, tack a horse, groom it, load into a float/trailer, discipline it if it leads poorly, stop it if it spooks, get it to not balk, help it to stretch out and move a bit better. stop it reasonably well, get a canter depart from a walk, do serpentines with a fair change of bend, sit a trot and a canter.

that would make a full intermediate rider, to me.
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What a person can get done on a 'compliant', obedient well-trained horse does not tell me anything about a person's riding ability. What a rider can get done on a horse that does NOT want to comply tells me how well they actually ride.

It takes a LOT more skill for a rider to make a poorly trained horse look good than it take for a well-trained horse to make a poor rider look good.

Think about this for a while and you will be able to answer your own question.

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It really depends on what it is you're applying for - if its a job where the horses are all well trained and co-operative then your ability level should be OK - if its one where you're going to be expected to get on whatever comes on the yard and make it look good then that would change things a lot - unless that's what you're used too
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Oh heck...why over complicate things?

You've been riding 4 years....you're at................wait for it........level 4!

I've been riding 5 years....so I'm at level 5

See how easy that was?
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I assume you can also catch, halter, tack a horse, groom it, load into a float/trailer, discipline it if it leads poorly, stop it if it spooks, get it to not balk, help it to stretch out and move a bit better. stop it reasonably well, get a canter depart from a walk, do serpentines with a fair change of bend, sit a trot and a canter.

that would make a full intermediate rider, to me.
^^ I can do all of this, but I still consider myself a beginner, primarily because I don't feel like I'm proficient with cues. My horse is very well trained, and I think sometimes she almost reads my mind. Truth told, she's probably reading my seat; but as a result, I don't have to be proficient at cues to look half decent because my mare is so darned competent.

IMO, the key to being intermediate is that you should be able to ride a green-broke horse and make it look good. No way I could do that! Am I expecting too much of the term "intermediate?"

So out of curiosity, I checked out what Pony Club says about its certifications; and I've decided that I would be working on my "B" level (because I'm afraid that I am capable of "undoing" a horse's education). If you're curious, here's their level guideline: Pony Club Certifications - US Pony Clubs

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