Evaluate your Horseback Riding Ability
Level 1 - Beginner: Starting from a rider-to-be that has not been on
a horse yet up to the rider that is able to stop and turn the horse
whilst the horse is walking. Steer the horse round obstacles (like a
tree) and have tried trotting as well as having been introduced to
raising to the trot.
Level 2 -
Novice: Rider is able to walk and trot whilst controlling the horse
round obstacles. Steady in raising to the trot. Able to trot
over small jumps up to 30 cm whilst raising to the trot. Introduced
to sitting trot and started to do control transitions. Might have
been introduced to canter
Level 3 - Novice/ intermediate: Walk trot
and canter with no assistance. Be able to do relatively smooth
transitions. Confident with a controlled amount of speed. Walk and
possibly slow trot bareback with assistance. Hack out in group
confidently. Might have started some lateral work.
Level 4 - Intermediate: Walk trot canter and
gallop with no assistance. Usually smooth transitions. Walk trot and
slow canter bareback. Working in arena with lateral work and turns.
Started to train horses but with assistance. Confident with most
horses. Hack out alone or in a group confidently. Is willing to take
occasional risk with new situation.
Level 5 - Intermediate/advanced: Controlled walk trot canter and
gallop. Smooth transitions. Walk trot canter and gallop bareback.
Confident in lateral work at all gaits and able to train horses.
Confident with most horses. Hack out alone or in a group
confidently. Is willing to take risks with new situation. Willing to
ride difficult horses.
Level 6 - Advanced: Controlled walk trot canter and gallop. Perfect
transitions. Walk trot canter and gallop bareback. Confident in
lateral work at all gaits and able to train horses and other riders.
Confident in all gaits and always fully in control. Able to
jump. Hack out alone or in a group confidently. Will to take risks
with new situation. Confidently rides difficult horses.