How to Judge Your Horse Riding Ability
Here are some guidelines to help you judge your riding ability:
Horse Riding Ability Levels
BEGINNER: A rider with little or no experience.
NOVICE: A rider who is comfortable and in control at the walk and/or trot but has limited experience trotting and/or cantering.
INTERMEDIATE: A rider who is confident and in control in all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
ADVANCED: All of the above plus the ability to handle a spirited horse in open country.
All of our horses are ridden in English style. Western-type saddle experience is considered non-rider, without English riding lesson –one needs to be familiar with English saddles and comfortable with rising trot and canter.
Please give us accurate information about your riding, health, weight and fitness and note that riders will be assessed in the arena before we leave the yard.
If you are fit and not overweight, you will be safer, ride better and you and your horse will enjoy yourselves more.
Weight limit for competent, fit riders: 16 stone / 224lbs.
Weight limit for novice, beginner riders: 15.5 stone / 215lbs.
Note: For heavier riders, we do have a strong Irish cobs and Irish Sports Horses. Please discuss when making the booking.