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post #1 of 89 Old 06-22-2009, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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What level of Rider Am I? Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced??

So, I would like to know which level of rider I am... here are some details..

I am 13 years old.
I have been riding for approx.5 years now. The last 2 years have been alot more serious.
I have never been to shows before.
I ride english pleasure mostly... bit of western here and there.. bit of jumping
I take lessons every week.

Here is what I know how to do::

- side pass
- collected
- extended
- bending
- serpentines
- figure 8's
- 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m circles

- collected
- extended
- bending
- 2-point
- figure 8's
- serpentines
- side pass
- 10m, 15m, 20m circles
- rising trot

- collected
- extended
- bending
- 2-point
- figure 8's
- 15m, 20m circles
- knows right lead

- cross rails (two point) cantering
- ground rails (two point) cantering
- 2 ft. (two point) cantering

-spins on forehand, honches

- halt
- half-halts
- back up (turn, line up between poles)
- learning to open gates
- tack up with no help, I help my friend alot :P
- Knows horse care (have owned one before, and from trainer)

So, what level rider do you think I am?

I have also rode horses that are not suitable for beginners.

Beginner? Novice? Intermediate? Advanced? What do you think??

Thanks in advance for anyone who replies :)
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post #2 of 89 Old 06-22-2009, 01:34 AM
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hmmm well, sounds like you know quite a bit. A good advanced horse owner I think also has time on their side, however that is not always true. I would say you are between a novice and intermediate. Again, I think advanced comes with more experience with different problems and knowing every aspect of horses including the market, showing, training, ect.
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post #3 of 89 Old 06-22-2009, 01:43 AM
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Personally, i don't think its so much as to what you know, but how well you actually can do it.

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Hmm, well just as Jillyann said, it is as how well you do it, i am also 13 and have been riding for 4 years,and have had 2 horses already, and I am nowhere near experienced, you can never know everything about horses. i would say probably novice-intermediate :)

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Well.. I dont really know how I am supposed to describe how well I can do everything :P lol... but I could try....

here goes.. lol..::
- side pass--- bending to inside, legs on, I am working on keeping her straight,, she likes to swerve off
- collected--- I can do this easily the right way :P
- extended--- I can do this easily :P
- bending--- have been practicing for approx. 3-4 months now... getting pretty good at it
- serpentines--- have done this for a VERY long time, can do it right :)
- figure 8's--- about 1.5 yrs practicing.. on and off.. pretty good.
- 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m circles-- easy as pie :)

- collected--- correctly:)
- extended--- sometimes needs an extra push to get her going on extended, but works well across long stretch of arena
- bending--- bends to the inside, for some reason i am alot better bending at the trot than at the walk ;)
- 2-point--- learnt about a year ago.. havent been doing it much.. sometimes need extra pointers
- figure 8's--- pretty well
- serpentines--- mhmmm
- side pass--- so so. lol...
- 10m, 15m, 20m circles-- YEAP!
- rising trot-- yes, been doing this since first started riding.. i can pick it up on the right diagonal as well ;}

- collected--- working on it
- extended--- easily.... seeing as she is a reining horse, pretty simple to get her going in the canter
- bending--- working on it
- 2-point--- pretty well
- figure 8's---- havent done much....
- 15m, 20m circles--- mhmmm
- knows right lead-- yeah, she is horrible at picking up her right lead though! HORRIBLE!! lol.. thats what makes it tough and challenging.. but by the end of the day, we are perfecting it

- cross rails (two point) cantering--- few times
- ground rails (two point) cantering--- tons
- 2 ft. (two point) cantering--- once or twice

-spins on forehand, honches--- every lesson pretty much

- halt-- yeah
- half-halts--- mhmm
- back up (turn, line up between poles)---- few times we did it in lessons
- learning to open gates-- 3-4 times... :) yay me!
- tack up with no help, I help my friend alot :P-- for like 4 yrs .. lol
- Knows horse care (have owned one before, and from trainer)--- yep!!!

OHH!! Also, I am learning flying lead changes.... I perfected it on last weeks lesson :) I was soo proud of myself and autumn!

So.. ya.. is that enough info.. ask any questions if needed :) I dont bite
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I'm not sure.
I'd say higher level intermediate. You know a lot, and you seem to have a while of experience...
I'd say if you were in a show or whatever, you wouldn't be in a very high class for jumping, since you don't jump very high. If you were doing flat, you'd be towards the top but not quite there. But of course, jump height doesn't increase the quality of a rider, so I wouldn't worry, and it sounds like you are quickly on your way to learning enough to be semi-advanced! :)
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Oh thanks :)
I don't really plan on showing in the next few years... maybe once I'm older..
I haven't really done much on jumping, but flat work is getting pretty boring..

Once, I get my own horse, I will start taking western lessons with another trainer :) Im getting kinda bored of english flatwork
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I am with Jillyann, only part of it is actually what you know. I have ridden western/ranch my whole life. I have no experience (except for just fooling around) with showing at all, english, jumping, etc. Yet, I still consider myself an advanced/expert rider because I have ridden for more than 20 years, I have ridden many different types/temperments of horse, and I have successfully trained several by myself with no help at all. I have known lots of people who really did know alot about horse care, riding, and management; but they could not actually do it to save thier lives. I have also met people that would be considered complete novices but had so much natural sense and ability that they were actually very good at performing what little they did know about riding and everything else.

Just going by what you have said, I would consider you an novice/intermediate rider (maybe better or worse depending on how well you can execute those manuvers).
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I'm gonna agree with Novice-Intermediate. No matter how much you learn from a riding school, on lesson horses, it's a totally different ball game when you venture into ownership or leasing. Just my opinion though.

I got lessons from 5, worked at a riding school from 8-10, and handled and rode at least 20 different school horses. But when I got my own horse? I was novice as all get out!

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Well, I'd say you're a beginner. You describe a lot of things. But...it's hard to tell, from your words, if you're riding the horse or if you're sitting on a horse going through his paces.

Do you ride anywhere but the arena? Can you train your horse? Have you ever installed buttons on a horse? I think that from the very beginning one should know how to train a horse on the ground as it helps with saddle training later.

Can you ride a horse down a hill? Up a hill? Have you stepped off a 3' drop off? Gone over water? Can you handle yourself on a non-lesson horse? The point I'm getting at is that, in my opinion, is that you have to be able to problem solve in order to advance past the beginner stage.
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