What level of Rider Am I? Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced?? - Page 9 - The Horse Forum
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post #81 of 89 Old 04-19-2010, 06:38 PM
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Good point, ponyboy, but speaking for only myself here - there is one goal, and that is the goal of horsemanship. If there is no influence on the horse, ie no training, it is merely being a passenger. So to be a rider is to be a trainer is to be a horseman. It all goes together.
I agree but it sounded to me like by "training" people were talking about breaking a horse.

It also depends on what world you're in too... For a group of trail riders this might be advanced riding, but in a competitive barn it would be considered beginner.
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post #82 of 89 Old 04-22-2010, 10:42 AM
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I can't help but notice... A lot of people are saying you're automatically a beginner/novice if you haven't done any training. But the OP is asking about RIDING level, not training level. That's comparing apples and oranges.

I would put the OP at intermediate as far as people who take lessons go. But it really depends on the riding school.

One thing I agree with though is that getting experience riding outside of an arena is important. I think riding schools need to start seeing trail riding as educational and do it more often.
I was actually mostly talking about the horse you're put on. That's a huge factor in what you can do. I mean, someone at the very same level on a more complicated horse, may not be able to do the same thing. Riding a green horse will affect your performance, while a very broke horse/school master will do as you say (they may even help you).
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post #83 of 89 Old 04-22-2010, 07:53 PM
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I've seen one too many riders get on a well broke, well bred, good elegant horse and make the horse look awful.

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post #84 of 89 Old 04-24-2010, 08:25 PM
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Guys, I don't think she's going to read this.... You brought a thread back from the dead...let it die in peace again lol :)

somewhere behind the rider you've become the hours of practice you've put in & the coaches that have pushed you is the little girl who fell in love with the sport and never looked back. ride for her.
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post #85 of 89 Old 04-26-2010, 06:36 PM
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After reading most of these replies, especially Spyder's critique, I have down graded myself to a super negative 40 degrees below zero beginner, lol.

I'm 26 and I have only been riding a few months, but some how my pride is always hurt when a 10 year old can out ride me. Guess I'm going to have to get over that.
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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.
I've only read the first page but I would go with beginner intermediate. The above questions would help better determine, pictures and videos would be helpful. In the show ring you'd be considered, beginner (first year of showing), Maiden (first or second year of showing), or Novice (wich, depending on the series could just mean hasn't won a blue ribbon).

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Well you can do quite a bit BUT its a riding school horse you just have to push the right button and it does it so I would say novice
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The way i like to measure if someone is experienced, is how many times have you fallen off a horse. Thats really for me a good measure, since its the probably the hardest thing to do properly on a horse, but overall sounds like your intermediate-advanced.
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I'd be thinking more beginner too.

Can you stay on bucking horse, bolting, rearing, and know what to do to stop that? Can you ride a horse that you don't know anything about, other than it is trained to ride, and not run into problems with one that won't leave the barn, or throws a fit over leaving its buddies?

Can you pick up on problems when you are up, such as lameness, bitting problems, soreness?

Do you look ahead to identify potential problems and have it in your head what to do if something happens?

To me, those are just as important as the side passing, bending, and such as you say you can do.

And sadly, at your age? I've seen very few advanced riders, usually those children have parents who are trainers, or are being raised on a ranch where riding horses is as much a part of their lives as breathing. They ridden every single day, and can ride most of the horses on the place.

They can lead, feed, diagnose, tack, groom, and control all sorts of horses, which is all part of being a strong rider.

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