As you progress in riding you may want to consider purchasing some items off the following list:
Riding Breeches and jodhpur pants: Riding breeches are specifically designed for equestrian activities, designed to protect riders leg from rubs.
SEI riding helmet: An Equestrian helmet is worn when riding horses. This type of helmet is specially designed to protect the rider's head if a person falls off a horse.
Half chaps or full chaps: Designed to protect the legs.
Riding gloves: Protect hands.
Paddock boots or tall boots: Riding boots are boots made to be used for horseback riding. The classic boot comes high enough up the leg to prevent the leathers of the saddle from pinching the leg of the rider, has a sturdy toe to protect the rider's foot when on the ground, and has a distinct heel to prevent the foot from sliding through the stirrup. The sole is smooth or lightly textured to avoid being caught on the tread of the stirrup in the event of a fall.
A hairnet to neatly tuck your hair away under your helmet
What level rider am I?
Excel in your riding levels by joining us in our Sunday Milestone lessons! Level testing the last Sunday of every month!
True Beginner: New to horses and is ready to learn from the ground up. Learning how to control a quiet school horse at the walk and trot and can stop the horse. The beginner rider is still finding their balance and getting comfortable with the horses movement.
Milestones 1 - 3
Beginner: understands common safety practices while working around the horse. Is balanced to walk halt and trot while applying correct riding aids and maintaining position. Able to sit and post the trot in rhythm with the horse and is understanding posting diagonals.
Advanced Beginner: this rider can mount and dismount unassisted. Can ride independantly at the walk, and trot the shapes of the ring while maintaining rhythm. Is comfortable with and can maintain position at the halt, walk, trot (sitting, posting, and 2 point). This rider is ready to canter!
Novice: this rider knows basic parts of the horse and tack. They are comfortable tacking and untacking the horse without assistance. They are learning to canter while remaining balanced and in control of the horse. They are understanding their leads and can walk, trot, canter in both the full and half seat position. This rider has been introduced to small jumps.
Groundpole course with leads
Level 1 Jumper (18")
Intro level dressage
Milestones 4 - 8
Intermediate 1: this rider shows seriousness in their riding and has sound equitation skills. Can ride w/t/c with ring shapes and simple changes, knows what diagonal or lead they are on and can correct quickly. can stop the horse from any gait. This rider has an independant seat and can ride without stirrups and is ready to be introduced to the basic principles of dressage and jumping. This rider is gaining knowledge in stable management and abides by the rules of the ring and emphasises safety on and around horses.
Level 2 Jumper (2' - 2'3)
Training level dressage
Milestones 9 , 10, 11, 12, 15 - 24
Intermediate 2: this rider can perform flying lead changes on a school horse, can apply variations to the gaits, turn on the forehand, turn on the haunches, and lateral movements. This rider also understands basic concepts of jumping as well as related distances and stride lengths for jumping and can hand gallop. Lengthen and shorten strides and understands lateral and longitudinal bending/suppling
Level 3 jumper (2'3-2'9)
First level dressage
Beginner novice eventer
Intermediate 3: this rider is capable of riding basic dressage tests correctly and/or jump a course while maintaining a steady tempo and being able to negotiate strides and distances. This rider can spend a long time in the saddle and can canter for prolonged periods of time and has galloped in a controlled situation. This rider can ride the horse forward from leg to hand with impulsion, rhythm, regularity and evenness of pace.
Level 4 jumper (2'9-3'3)
Second level dressage
Advanced 1: this rider has experience with green horses. They understand training principals and how/when to apply them. They have a good sense of balance and timing. Has knowledge in different disciplines, can show successfully and works in harmony with the horse with invisible aids to the audience. This rider recongizes true quality of movement and can influence the horses way of going.
Level 5 jumper (3'3-3'9)
Third level dressage
Milestone 13, 14
Advanced 2: This rider understands sophisticated concepts of horse movement and has sound methods of training and can perform advanced maneuvers in their riding style. This rider is capable of riding/training green or difficult horses.
Level 6 jumper (3'9 and up)
Fourth level dressage
Advanced 3: This rider can compete successfully at upper levels:dressage, hunters, eventing
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