Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl View Post
i was just wondering if you ride on the trail and get some coaching while on the trail does that count as a lesson? and is it better to do lessons in arena/round pen ? and how often should you be riding to be considered a intermediate rider? or when can you be considred a intermediate rider?
You mean where you go somewhere and you pay to ride a horse on a trail (usually guided) and they give you some tips?
That's just a hired trail ride. Not a lesson in my book.
Lessons are more intimate. You're in an arena with an instructor and they break everything down for you from posture on a horse to what you do to move them forward, turn, stop, the gaits.. etc.
For an intermediate rider, you have to have a lot of experience as well as confidence and skills. Beginners tend to stay beginners for a long time since beginners are still learning the "basics" (w, t, c, turning, halt, backing up, transition, learning their seat.)
For intermediate.. I think if you can do the basics and start training for a certain discipline where you learn MORE than just the basics (and you do know basics and do them well), then you'd be more of an intermediate rider.
Hope that makes sense.