Create Better Students with Learning Levels

We've used a progressive equine education program for over 15 years. Find out why - and how it could work for you.

Hint: it’s all about safer students and happier horses!

Create Better Students
with Learning Levels

We've used a progressive equine education program for over 15 years. Find out why - and how it could work for you.

Hint: it’s all about safer students and happier horses!

Maura and Biscuit jump Teal Level
Tyler and Hitman at Rising Rider Camp
Mia cleans Romeo's feet
Delaney earns Purple Horsemanship ribbon on Chase
Rhonda leads Biscuit at show

This is Kendall

This is Maura

Tyler at age 6

This is Mia

This is Beth and Emma

This is Delaney

This is Rhonda

Kendall started riding lessons with us at the age of 10. Riding her green pony only on weekends, she became our first Teal Level graduate and a rider for the UGA eventing team. Kendall inspired dozens of younger students, many of whom are now working on their Purple and Teal Levels.
Maura fell in love with all things horsey in our summer day camp. Within a few years her work ethic and positive attitude made her an outstanding role model for ALL of our students. Now she's working on Teal Levels while running her own riding school ... using Learning Levels, of course!
Tyler, Kadence, and Lauren all began riding at Rainbow Level in our 2013 Rising Riders summer camp ... look for their photo in the "10 Reasons" section below, working towards Purple Level in their 2019 Level-Up summer camp.
When Mia earned her Green Level ribbons, she began leasing a school horse. When she finished Blue Level, her family fenced in a pasture for her new project horse - because Mia had clearly demonstrated her commitment to learning HorseSense skills.
Like many of our adult students, Beth started riding lessons after watching daughter Emma's lessons. By her third year, Beth had leased a school horse; attended our adult HorseSense classes; participated in camps and clinics; bought a rescued mare; sold her house and built a farm. Horses change lives, yanno. ;o)
Delaney was 5 years old when she attended her first summer camp with us. She lived too far away for regular lessons, but attended our summer camp for 10 years - as a student, Ground Buddy and photographer - and EARNED that Purple ribbon!
When they first met, Biscuit was a lame project horse and Rhonda had little hands-on experience - but they were soul mates from the beginning. Over the years they taught each other trust and confidence. Now they're using the Learning Levels to teach horsey skills and confidence to others.
  • Kendall
  • Maura
  • Tyler
  • Mia
  • Beth and Emma
  • Delaney
  • Rhonda

So how does it work?

The Learning Levels curriculum has seven Levels,

with a different color for each Level.

Our students can enroll in

the mounted Horsemanship track,

or the unmounted HorseSense track,

or both.

Both tracks teach knowledge and hands-on skills.

There's also a special Rainbow Level just for young students.


The MOUNTED Curriculum

Learning to ride should ALWAYS start with safety.

With knowledge, it develops into competency.

Ultimately, correct and thoughtful riding creates a partnership with the horse.

The Horsemanship Levels concentrate on the rider’s ability in the saddle, culminating in a rider who is balanced, educated and confident, able to ride a well-schooled horse with skill and empathy on the flat and over fences, both in the arena and in the open.

The ultimate goal:

Riding in harmony with a horse is a gift we’d like all riders – and all horses – to experience and appreciate.

That's where you come in!

You can use our riding curriculum to provide a solid base of knowledge and ability, with obtainable goals to help your students – and their parents – track their progress from level to level.

Make it yours

The curriculum is modular and flexible, so you can incorporate it into your own mounted program in numerous different ways – using just the parts that work for your unique teaching situation.


The UNMOUNTED Curriculum

Our horses depend on us to keep them healthy and secure, even if we ride school horses and don’t own or lease a horse.

So everyone involved with horses needs the knowledge to understand equine behavior and the skills to keep horses safe from harm.

This knowledge doesn’t happen unless we make dedicated time for it.

The HorseSense Levels focus on the extensive body of knowledge needed to care for and work with horses successfully, testing students on horse handling, veterinary and stable management skills.

The ultimate goal:

We want horses to be rewarded for their patience and generosity! Humans who accept full responsibility for learning how to care for horses – with a commitment to a lifetime of active learning – are the best reward we can provide.

You can make this goal a reality

Encourage students to make time for equine learning by helping them set achievable goals with the HorseSense curriculum – then create learning activities that make learning fun and rewarding.

Here's WHY the Levels Curriculum works:

it provides goals for students that

keep them invested in learning

along with time-saving teaching tools to help us teach those goals!

three mounted Levels students with instructor

There are at least 10 reasons
why Learning Levels can make teaching easier!

Make it yours:
options for using Learning Levels in your program

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Legal Use of All Published Materials. Our downloadable and online resources are for your personal use. Instructors, trainers, and other equine professionals may photocopy the materials for use with their students, but may not sell or distribute any of our published information contained in the guides for financial gain. All materials provided in the study guides and on our website is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without written permission from HorseSense Learning Levels.

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*So, about the HorseSense thing

From 2004-2017 we called our unmounted track the “Horsekeeping Curriculum”. In 2018 we changed the name to “HorseSense​ Curriculum” because we discovered that Cherry Hill, author of many of our favorite equine reference books, has trademarked the term “horsekeeping”.

And, well, we want EVERYONE to learn more about horses – not just those who plan to “keep” a horse!

We have been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood out in a sweltering/ freezing arena – or slogged up and down our hilly pastures – capturing lifelong memories of camps, clinics, and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One such student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here.

You’ll also find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials (like study guides) graciously donated by Rhonda Hagy, who is a student and lifelong friend. Contact us for information about her work.

Are we lucky or WHAT?!

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