Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I think that unless one has a goal in mind for lessons, such as jumping, reining, trail class, etc., etc.,...one can't apply what they have been taught and determine what they need to work on. What is it you want to do w your skills? As a thought...if you just want to test your skills, trail riding doesn't require an arena, but it can require a lot of riding skills...and it is a lot of fun. Plus, there are easy "trails" on up to difficult so you can keep pushing the envelope until you have a good idea of your skills. Personally, after 10 years of lessons, I would expect one to be able to go on a difficult trail on a young horse. I never had formal training, though.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.