? asked in PetsHorses · 1 decade ago

Beginner, novice, intermediate, advanced riders?

It really confuses me when people talk about being a novice rider or a beginner rider because different people have different ideas on what amount of riding they should be able to do. How good should a rider be to be at the different stages?

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4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Beginner-basics, (care, grooming, walking, steering etc)

    Novice- (tacking up, walk, trot etc)

    These two are completely monitored by a trainer at all times

    Beginner Intermediate- can tack up and groom MOSTLY by herself (walk trot w/o lung line and has basic controls down) Trainer is there but more for constructive criticism.


    Intermediate- can tack up with no help, groom no help, walk trot comfortably, and starting to canter. Trainer is there for touch ups but minimal in all other areas.


    Advanced- Can do everything by ones self. Trainer is there only when you need advice. Comfortable with all aspects of horse and discipline (western, English etc) THIS TAKES MINIMUM OF 4 YEARS CONSTANT TRAINING!

    That's my way of looking at it... hope this helps!

    Source(s): 7 years living on a horse farm! :)
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    A beginner knows how to steer, and can stand in the stirrups at a walk. A novice (if you are implying something in between beginner and intermediate) is someone who can trot while keeping their balance, and without flopping around in the saddle. Intermediate riders can walk, trot, canter, and are beginning to learn more complex leg/hand aids. And intermediate rider is mastering things like lead changes, side passes, and learning the two-point position(if English). Advanced riders really depend on the discipline. All advanced riders should be able to ride ANY horse. They give clear aids, they know how to respond to the way a horse is riding, they know how to collect the horse easily. Advanced riders will have mastered soft hands and a sure, balanced seat. They are in the process of perfecting their craft, whether that be jumping, reigning, dressage, barrel racing, edurance riding, or what-have-you.\ EDIT: What, did somebody just go through and give everybody a thumbs-down for the heck of it?

  • 1 decade ago

    I thought this explanation from Highland Ranch, was pretty accurate (link below):

    The PRE-BEGINNER rider is someone who is interested and curious, but totally inexperienced with horses and needs to learn about them from the ground up. She is learning how to lead horses, groom them, and relate to their size and movement from the ground. The pre-beginner rider has no knowledge about horse training and care. She may be timid or fearless.

    The BEGINNER is learning to follow the horse's movements, move with the horse, and not interfere with the horse. The beginner rider is entering the awareness-development stage. She might have spent a total of 10 hours in the saddle, either by riding once in a while over a period of years or by taking an introductory group of lessons. She can control a quiet school horse at a walk and trot with turns and can stop the horse. The beginner rider slows down and walks if she feels she is losing her balance at the trot. She will remain a beginner until she has developed the balance and confidence to lope or canter the horse.

    A NOVICE rider has basic horsemanship skills, including mounting and dismounting unassisted from the horse. They have knowledge of the basic rein and leg aids, possess at least an aware seat, meaning they must be able to post a trot, sit a trot without bouncing excessively, and ride a short canter. Attitude is more important than aptitude at this stage. To become a proficient novice will generally require 300 to 500 hours riding time.

    The INTERMEDIATE is learning to put a trained school-horse through its paces, and can ask correctly for walk, trot, canter, and halt. They can get from the horse what someone else has put into it in terms of training and conditioning. They are able to ask accurately for transitions between gaits and be comfortable on either lead or diagonal and be able to ask for either. Humility and patience are the most important traits at this stage. To become a proficient intermediate rider requires a substantial commitment of time and effort; most students at this level find that riding every day is necessary. Generally requires 500 to 2000 hours riding time.

    The ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE rider can perform variations in the gaits, turn on the forehand, turn on the hindquarters, and lateral movements on a school horse. She has the interest to ride horses other than school horses.

    ADVANCED riders: can do all of the above, plus IMPROVE the horse's performance when he knows how to do something, and TEACH the horse how to do more advanced things. The only way to become an advanced rider is to totally commit to the art, either as a working student or full time horse rider as your profession. Even then, for some, years of riding does not translate to an "Advanced" level. It takes superior intellectual knowledge, great skill, and an indefinable quality called "feel", which requires untold thousands of hours on horseback to achieve. The advanced rider has a well- developed sense of balance and timing. She understands sophisticated concepts of horse movement and sound principles of training and can perform the advanced maneuvers in her style of riding. When she rides it is very difficult to see the aids she is giving her horse.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There's no official way to measure your skill level. You could have done almost everything there is to be done on a horse, but if you don't do it well you would still be a beginner. The best way to get an honest opinion of your riding is to talk to your instructor.

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