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EnglishElegance 06-28-2012 12:56 AM

What level rider do you think I am?
I've been wondering lately what level rider I am, I will most likely ask my riding instructor, too, but I though I'd see what you all thought. (:

I started riding when I was 5, I've been riding for 10 years.
I took western lessons for about half a year when I was 6, then went to english and stuck there. I got my first horse when I was 10, she was a rangy Quarter Horse mare. I owned her for around 2 years then sold her, and got an Arabian gelding. He was extremely laid back for an Arabian. I had him for about 2 years, too, then sold him, and I've been leasing a very hot tempered Arabian gelding for a few months. I now have a OTTB mare. I do jumpers, H/J, and I'm going to be starting eventing soon.
Jumping around 3 - 3'6 .
Easily cantering jumps.
I've been jumping courses, and grids. Oxers, spreads, x-country jumps, etc.
I've done some basic dressage, too.
I have a good seat, and soft hands. (so I've been told).
I have have a solid seat and am comfortable in all the gaits - Walk, trot, canter and gallop.
I ride up/down hills good.
I don't have much showing experience, but I will be showing allot in the next few months.
Rising trot, sitting trot. 10, 15 & 20m circles.
figure 8's.
Two point good in walk, trot, canter & gallop.
side pass,
I know when my horse has the right/wrong lead.
Can lengthen and shorten strides to get the right striding between jumps.
Half halt,
leg aids,
Can walk, trot, canter, gallop and jump bareback. Around 3ft is the highest I've jumped bareback.
Bending, know how to get my horse on the bit,
Ground poles, cross rails, verticals, oxers, solid objects (x-country jumps)
back up,
straight lines,
good EQ.
ridden through/over water.
arena work, trail rides, roads, open fields, etc.
Have owned & ridden green horses. Finished horses' training. (they had the basics down but I taught them other stuff they needed to know to finish their training).
I can tell when I, or my horse, is doing something incorrect and can correct it.
Can handle spooky/flighty/bucking/rearing/bolting horses.
Riding just using seat/leg aids.
ridden completely tackless.
I can get on horses I've never seen before and ride and work with them like I would a horse I ride daily.
I hope to one day compete in high rated shows in SJ .. or eventing.
And someday, the Olympics! ~ haha, Olympic dreams <3 !
I don't know if it's possible to determine my riding level from this but ? D: Idk, give it a shot? (: I'd love to know what you all think. Tips would be appreciated, too. Ask me more things too, this is all I can think of right now, but ask away and more things may come to mind! :) All answers are appreciated ! Thanks so much everyone :wave:
beginner, novice, intermediate, advanced?

bsms 06-28-2012 01:15 AM

Guess it depends on who you are comparing yourself to...

Kayty 06-28-2012 01:23 AM

Great that you can do those things - but how well? ;)

Compared to an internationally competitive rider, you're a raw beginner. Compared to a pony club kid fanging around, you're experienced.

It's not possible to give you a level of riding - it is extremely objective. And why is it really needed anyway? Who cares what 'level' of riding you are at!

tinyliny 06-28-2012 01:59 AM

well, i'd say a high intermediate or low advanced. yeah, low advanced. if you had more show or training exp. I would say advanced.

Kayty 06-28-2012 02:16 AM


Originally Posted by tinyliny (Post 1570293)
well, i'd say a high intermediate or low advanced. yeah, low advanced. if you had more show or training exp. I would say advanced.

Advanced compared to what???
This is why I don't like these 'what level am I?' threads... because 1) We don't have any video or idea of how well the OP's ride 2) What level in what sense?
If the OP is advanced, does that mean they are only a single increment off being considered professional? Up there with internationally competitive riders?
Or advanced in the sense that they'd probably do alright at pony club level?

Way too objective for any inkling of a straight answer

SilverSpur 06-28-2012 02:17 AM

the only one who can realy answer this is your coach.

its not about how much you can do, but how effective you can do it.

tinyliny 06-28-2012 02:48 AM

it is pretty general, but I meant as a comparison to the average ameture pleasure rider. So, if you had to tell someone your level, for them to fit a horse to you , say at a dude ranch.

I agree it's all in your perspective. Since I am a lower level rider, everyone looks higher than me!

DoubleS 06-28-2012 05:02 PM

Better than me! :lol:

EnglishElegance 06-28-2012 07:33 PM


Originally Posted by DoubleS (Post 1571272)
Better than me! :lol:

No way bro, you're amazing <3

jinxremoving 06-28-2012 07:45 PM

You are a level 32 horsewoman. Next question.

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