Originally Posted by Tessa T
I agree, What makes someone a non experienced rider? If they can't do fancy jumping ore dressage but can communicate with their horse without a whip or train a horse from the ground up without any experience and make them a great trail horse it seems that's impressive.
No... what makes someone an unexperienced rider is having no experience...
I don't think you can laundry list qualifications in a generic sense. Maybe related to a specific discipline to determine skill level w/in that specific discipline but when you are talking about generic "horse riding" that approach doesn't really work.
How "experienced" you are depends on how many things you have experienced. This can include gaits of a horse, disciplines of riding, sports, issues, successes, places to ride and training. You can't be experienced without experiencing things but it's all relative.
The more experience you have doesn't always correlate to being a better rider. It's how you handle that experience and use it to improve and move forward and learn.
IMO a rider is someone who is always training and learning and moving forward - experiencing things. If you aren't doing that yet then you have no riding experience so no riding experience level.