This is a spin off from the Andalusian question. I realized I am not entirely sure.
Maybe my question is also, what’s a pro ride horse beyond being so well trained that no one is going to let me on him to mess him up??
I see a difference between ammies and pros in my world, in general the pros have courage and sticky seats, and a will to get the job done, even when they have a limited set of tools or problem solving ideas. They tend to be effective, up to a point at least. This is true of both good pros and crap backyard pros.
Obviously there are riders who are ammie in name but pro in skill level, so I’ll leave those out.
The ammies I know myself included tend to be riding our own Speshul Pet Horse and hence are a little more tentative, a little more patient, a little more cautious. Sometimes that has a good outcome but I would say we are more likely to be a little less effective or fast in getting a horse to do something. And generally we do not have that inherent fearlessness that leads people to become pros.
But ammie is not beginner, either. I’m thinking of people who are objectively pretty good riders and horsemen/women but don’t have that pro guts and drive.
So what makes a horse ammie friendly versus a pro ride?
I think if the average ammie wanted to compete at high levels, they’d probably need any horse to be in a training and coaching program in order to make progress. That doesn’t mean the horse isn’t ammie friendly, just that the ammie needs coaching.
I’m at the low end of nice horses. I see lots of people sorting out OTTB, OTSB, and various young or green or rescue horses, either alone or with some trainer input, with varying levels of success. But I dont get to see really high level performance horses that are super talented and super difficult in some way, which is what I think of as a pro ride.
Anyhow my question is also probably, what’s a true pro ride horse? Maybe if I saw more of those I’d know what ammie friendly means by contrast!
Now there are lots of horses that are so well trained, that the pro isn’t going to let any old fool of an amateur climb up. They might get restive if you gave them conflicting aids inadvertently. But they might not be inherently difficult, just so well tuned and so valuable.