Assess Your Skill Levelkrista2022-05-24T16:49:22+00:00
Assess Your Skill Level
never been on a horse before or have ridden only a couple of times
long periods between riding
no formal instruction
if you have ridden before, it was at a walk only
been on a horse at least a few times
comfortable communicating with a horse
no/minimal lessons or coaching
may have trotted or cantered before (without falling off)
comfortable and competent using aids (*you need to know what aids are) to communicate with the horse
generally comfortable riding all three gaits; can post a trot and don’t grip the saddle horn while cantering
would NOT feel comfortable riding a young or spirited horse
ride regularly (at least monthly); the last time on a horse being less than a year ago
received riding lessons/coaching (English or Western)
comfortable and competent in all three gaits; can post or sit a trot, have an independent seat (do not hold onto the saddle) while cantering, can pick up the correct canter lead
can navigate more complex terrain, including how to ask your horse to sidestep and jump over a small obstacle
You ride regularly (at least monthly)
comfortable and capable of handling any horse on complex terrain and at all three gaits with an independent seat and soft hands
can ride over small jumps and know the techniques to collect a horse
have the skills to ride and train a young/green horse
Want to improve your riding?
Note that we take skill level into consideration when assigning horses. For your safety and comfort, as well as the horses’, we appreciate honesty in your assessment.
For riders at an Intermediate level and above, we may ask you to demonstrate your skills prior to your ride. We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about horses and riding to read about our “Earn Your Spurs” program.