BEGINNER SAFE HORSES FOR SALE
A very big feature of this web-site is our “Beginner Safe Horses For Sale” section. We are offering well trained horses for sale that are “Beginner Safe”. “Beginner Safe” is just what it sounds like, a horse that a beginner, whether an adult or a child, will be safe dealing with on the ground and in the saddle. You will notice that we rate our “Beginner Safe Horses” in three levels: “Level One Beginner Horse”, “Level Two Beginner Horse” and “Level Three Beginner Horse”. Each level of horse corresponds with the matching level of Horseman. For instance a Level Two Beginner Horseman can be matched with a Level Two Beginner Horse or a Level One Beginner Horse, but not with a Level Three Beginner Horse. Please refer to our article.
WHAT LEVEL OF HORSEMAN ARE YOU??
Any Horseman thinking about buying a horse should have an honest answer to this question before buying a horse. This is the basis for determining your compatibility with a new horse. Remember that the answer to this question is constantly evolving and moving upward with experience.
Here at Flying Cowboy Enterprises we divide Horsemen up into five categories: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert. The Beginner category is divided into three levels: Level One, Level Two and Level Three. Each of these “categories” and “levels” are based solely upon the amount of skill and confidence a Horseman possesses.
Here at Flying Cowboy Enterprises we try to match a horse’s compatibilities with a certain “category and/or level” of horseman. Consequently, a horse rated as a “Level Three Beginner Horse” can be matched with a “Level Three Beginner Horseman” or higher.
The following are some simple descriptions of Level One, Level Two and Level Three Beginner Horsemen.
LEVEL ONE BEGINNER HORSEMAN: Absolute beginner, never or rarely been on a horse. This horseman is just beginning lessons with a riding instructor. A Beginner Horseman is at the very beginning of their journey into the world of horses. This horseman only rides under the supervision of a riding instructor in a very safe riding environment. The Beginner possesses no real horsemanship skills yet.
AVERAGE RIDING EXPERIENCE: 0 TO 5 HOURS RIDING INSTRUCTION
LEVEL TWO BEGINNER HORSEMAN: The most important step for this horseman is becoming comfortable with the concept of “pressure and release” around horses both on the ground and in the saddle. This horseman is becoming comfortable with all forms of horse handling and ground work including: grooming, tacking-up, loading, ground handling, the six lessons on the ground(see article). The Beginner Level Two Horseman is also becoming comfortable with basic riding skills including: mounting, proper riding position, rein control, leg cueing, the six lessons under saddle, walk, trot(including beginning posting).
AVERAGE RIDING EXPERIENCE: 5 TO 25 HOURS RIDING INSTRUCTION
LEVEL THREE BEGINNER HORSEMAN: The concept of “pressure and release” has been mastered by this horseman. This horseman is well versed in grooming, tacking-up, loading, ground handling, the six lessons on the ground and under saddle(see articles), and fundamental riding skills. The Beginner Level Three Horseman is comfortable with all the basic riding skills including: mounting, proper riding position, rein control, leg cueing, the six lessons under saddle, walk, trot(including beginning posting). The six lessons under saddle, proper riding position, leg cueing, walk, trot(posting and sitting), slow lope and side-pass are also included in their abilities. This horseman is becoming comfortable with departures and upward and downward transitions. For example: walk to trot to lope and lope to trot to walk.
AVERAGE RIDING EXPERIENCE: 25 TO 50 HOURS RIDING INSTRUCTION
Since these horses are “beginner safe” then they are also well suited for novice, intermediate and advanced riders. Our beginner safe horses must have excellent manners on the ground and in the saddle. Each horse is chosen for his quiet character and demeanor. Our aim is to produce horses that help all beginners to become more confident around horses both on the ground and in the saddle.
All of our beginner safe horses are schooled in the techniques that are described today as “natural horsemanship”. We prefer to refer to our training techniques as the classical style of training and riding. These techniques have been around for centuries and can be traced back to the Greek cavalry commander Xenophon and the Plains Indians of North America. This style involves riding with your whole body and mind and the use of leg pressure, rein pressure and body language to cue our horses.
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