I am very uncomfortable when people ask me if I would label them a "Beginner", "Intermediate", "Advanced", etc. rider. There are so many aspects to riding that someone with great skill in one area may have only limited skill or no skill in another. Someone who rides one horse well in various movements, may have little control when on another horse that may or may not possess the skills of the other horse.
Rather than worrying about labels, I concentrate on refining the skills a rider already possesses as well as introducing that rider to new experiences. Learning to ride well is a never ending process. If there is no end to the journey how can we tell how far along the journey we have come?
This for me nails it on the head.
When teaching boarding school pupils, we had a new intake of riders. One pf these was a senior girl from Japan and when asked she said she had been riding for several years.
In the arena there wasn't a lot I could teach her. She had the pony she was on working well and on the bit throughout. Her position was good.
Next rode we went down on the beach. She was riding an Anglo Arab I competed on. When we cantered along the sand she was totally out of control, Faro was taking a hold and going from A to B faster than he should.
Poor girl was in a state of shock! She had never ridden outside of an arena, didn't know that horses could take a hold and when they did, what to do about it! (She soon learned)
If I were to go to TxHorseman for lessons then as a western rider I would be a total novice having ridden very little western. However, knowing how to ride English would mean I know how
the horse is moving, how to sit, whether the horse is moving correctly.
I would need to learn the western aids and the difference in aids for various movements. If I had anything about me and the experience I have with horses, I would expect to pick this up relatively quickly and be able to apply it automatically within a couple of rides.