騎馬經驗
Riding Experience 

初學

初學騎手有少許或是完全沒有馬匹經驗。初學者的少許經驗可能僅限於在小徑騎行或上過一兩堂初學者課程。

新手

新手騎手有一些基本的馬匹經驗。他們可能上過幾節課,知道如何讓馬前進、轉彎和停止的基本知識。他們甚至可以騎著一匹非常平穩、訓練有素的馬小跑或慢跑。

中級

中級騎手能夠在沒有幫助的情況下上馬和下馬,並且知道如何使用基本的騎馬輔助工具。 他們能改變和控制馬從步行到小跑的步伐,並在一匹訓練有素的溫和馬匹上舒適地慢跑。

進階

經驗豐富的​進階騎手接受過多年的騎行指導,並會定期騎行。 他們無論是單獨還是成群結隊,都能舒適而且自信地在所有地形上行走、小跑、慢跑和疾馳。

專業

專業騎手以馬術競爭、訓練或教育為生。 他們並對馬的行為有深入的了解。

Beginner

Beginner riders have little or no experience. A beginner’s experience is likely limited to walking on a trail ride or one or two beginner lessons. Beginner riders have not yet learned the ability to correctly guide the horse with their aids.

Novice

Novice riders have some  basic experience with horses. They have possibly had a few lessons, maybe even owned a horse as a child or recently or taken several lessons. This rider can mount and walk off unassisted. They know the basics on how to ask the horse to move forward, turn and stop. They may also be able to even trot or canter on a very smooth, well trained horse. A novice rider will generally not know how to saddle and bridle a horse by themselves.

Intermediate

An intermediate rider can catch, halter, groom, saddle and bridle a horse by themselves. In the saddle their seat is secure, can trot without bouncing and are comfortable in a slow canter on a gentle, well trained horse. An intermediate rider does not apply unintentional aids to the horse when they lose balance or become unseated.

Advanced

An experienced rider will ride regularly each week and have had years of riding instruction. Most advanced riders have ridden in their childhood and competed successfully. They will ride with an independent seat, have soft hands and ability to work with horses of any age and background comfortably.

Professional

A professional rider is making their living in the equine world either competing, training or educating. They will have a deep understanding of horse behaviour and ability to handle a green horse in open country.