Quiz Answers: How Confident of a Rider Are You?

Updated on January 8, 2019
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Ellison is a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. She runs a summer camp program and offers kids a safe introduction to horses.

One of my heart horses, me and Cory. From trail horse to dressage championships, Me and Cory did it all! May he rest in peace!
One of my heart horses, me and Cory. From trail horse to dressage championships, Me and Cory did it all! May he rest in peace! | Source

Add Up Your Score to the Quiz: How Confident of a Rider Are You?

Here you will find the number of points that you should give yourself for each answer that you chose on the quiz: How Confident of a Rider Are You?

Answer Key

  1. A:2, B:1, C:3
  2. A:3, B:2, C:1
  3. A:1, B:2, C:1
  4. A:3, B:1, C:2
  5. A:3, B:2, C:3
  6. A:3, B:1, C:2
  7. A:1, B:2, C:3
  8. A:1, B:3, C:2
  9. A:1, B:3, C:2
  10. A:2, B:3, C:1
  11. A:3, B:2, C:1

Add up your total number of points!!!

This is my heart horse, Zelda, one of her very first rides when we were breaking her!
This is my heart horse, Zelda, one of her very first rides when we were breaking her! | Source

So, How Confident Are You?

0-10 Points

If you scored 10 points and below, you should definitely set a goal to work on your confidence in 2019. Try to identify what specifically it is that makes you nervous. Then try and find exercises to help build your confidence in those areas. If you aren't sure, ask a horse-experienced friend or even better, your riding instructor. If you are struggling with confidence, you most definitely need to discuss it with your instructor. You would be surprised how sometimes our students are nervous or scared but hide it from us pretty well. Be open and honest with your instructor about your confidence and let him or her know you want to focus on confidence building activities.

10-20 Points

If you scored 10-20 points, you are well on your way to becoming a confident rider. Certain situations might make your nervous, but you do your best to work through it. You have realized the important fact of the matter, that if you are not confident, the only way to gain confidence is to practice. It seems like you are doing your very best to try and improve your confidence. Again, this is a situation where you need to communicate with your instructor. Make sure they know how you feel. What triggers your nerves? What do you feel you are really good at? The ultimate method to gain confidence is a careful balance of working to overcome your fears and building yourself up refining the skills you are already confident with.

20-30 Points

Congratulations if you scored in the 20-30 point range! I would consider you to be a confident rider. That is great! Make sure that you are not overly confident to the point that you don't take your lessons seriously. Don't let your ego keep you from continuing to learn. Remember, horsemanship is a journey and you should never stop learning. Being a confident rider is a good thing, but you should always maintain a healthy level of caution when around horses and riding horses. This healthy level of caution is what will help to keep you as safe as possible. Be proud of yourself for your confidence, but never stop learning, and never look down on those who aren't as confident as you are. Encourage less confident riders, and be supportive as they learn! We are all at our own place in our horsemanship journey, traveling our own speed, and that is okay!

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      • Ellison Hartley profile imageAUTHOR

        Ellison Hartley 

        6 days ago from Maryland, USA

        Thank you!!

      • Layne Holmes profile image

        Layne Holmes 

        6 days ago from Bend, Oregon

        I have a lot of respect for horse people. I enjoy your writing!

      • Ellison Hartley profile imageAUTHOR

        Ellison Hartley 

        7 days ago from Maryland, USA

        I'm glad that you liked it! I agree horses are amazing animals, I'm lucky to have a life with them!

      • Layne Holmes profile image

        Layne Holmes 

        7 days ago from Bend, Oregon

        This is a really awesome quiz. I am a huge animal lover and have enjoyed casual horseback riding here and there (guided trail rides, some beginning equestrian (?)) and have many serious horse-loving friends. I am super passive, however, and even therapy horses know that they can get away with all kinds of things with me (even tho they are polite and don't!). I would love to be more confident around horses. I know horses will respect that. I've struggled with it for quite a while. I think they are simply miraculous. I love all of your pictures.


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