Riding Ability Evaluation

How to Evaluate Your Riding Ability

Use the chart below to evaluate your riding ability. This will be useful for selecting and determining which horse is right for you and suites your riding ability level.

Beginner: A rider who has limited or no experience on a horse, cannot apply basic aids, and is unable to post a trot comfortably. A beginner has riden less than 5 times.
Novice: A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
A Novice rider has riden AT LEAST 10 times.
Intermediate: A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces, rides comfortably in open county, and can comfortably post a trot, canter or gallop. An intermediate rider has ridden AT LEAST 25 times.
Strong Intermediate: An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
Advaced: All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and is capable of handling any spirited horse in open country.



  • Do not over estimate your ability.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages prior to riding!
  • Do not take any drug (including prescription) that might cause dizziness or a mental fog.
  • Riding with us, on the property or out on the trail, and mounting/dismounting will require the appropriate physical ability and mental alertness.
  • The only thing(s) we know about you and your physical and mental ability is WHAT YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.  You will be liable for any incidents you cause.
  • Know this:  Where you mount/dismount and ride your horse are areas shared with wildlife animals. Any of these animals could be undetected by humans, however the over-developed sense of sight and smell of horses might make them sensitive to wildlife presence causing the horses to react abruptly and potentially causing serous injury to riders.  You agree to take this risk and all other similar risks when you ride with us.
  • Horses themselves are domesticated wild animals.  They have a brain, they will take the initiative to eat or play with other horses while out on the trail.  You must follow all rules given by your guide, if you are not sure: ASK.
  • Like driving a car on the road, you must keep your attention on where you are going and be aware of others on their horses at all times.
  • For your safety and the safety of others no cameras or cell phones are to be used while on the trails. If you have a camera and want photos to be taken, our well trained tour guides will gladly assist.