Guest Riding Information
Level 1: This is people who have never ridden or who have ridden very little or are very nervous. They have never or very seldom trotted, and never loped. If you don’t know those terms, this is the group for you! Level 1 is also for folks who have not ridden in many years or who have physical limitations.
Level 2: This level is for folks who have ridden enough to feel relatively comfortable, have done some trotting and possibly some very limited loping. You know the basics but need plenty of instruction and guidance.
Level 3 and 3+: Level 3 riders can comfortably control their horses and are relatively comfortable with trotting and loping although they too will need instruction. You are a strong Level 3 rider (3+) if you feel very comfortable on a horse but don’t ride on a regular basis. This will be the level for many of our regular return guests. As always, don’t overrate your abilities as that is dangerous for you and for other riders.
Level 4: Folks at Level 4 ride regularly and feel able to handle almost any horse from beginner to advanced - remember the horse is very often a reflection of the rider! Level 4 riders are very proficient at any gait and in any situation or terrain. *Remember that we would rather move you to a more advanced horse as needed rather than have you overrate yourself and be on a horse you are not ready for. It is not worth getting hurt or causing someone else to get hurt.
Level 5: This is our most advanced level and is only for people who are truly competent and experienced riders, and who ride on a very regular basis. These folks need to feel totally comfortable on any horse in most any situation and to be able to ride to the horse’s fullest potential. Again, it is only for genuinely and extremely experienced riders.