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HorseCentered Lesson Plans

young student petting horse for HorseCentered Levels lesson

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HorseCentered Lesson Plans

Detailed plans for unmounted ground training lessons

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About HorseCentered lesson plans...

In 2021, we introduced a curriculum for ground training lessons. We saw that students needed a stronger emphasis on equine behavior and training skills in order to become compassionate equestrians and confident horse owners. The HorseCentered Levels are designed to achieve this goal, whether used independently or to complement traditional riding lessons.

There are many training philosophies and systems for working with a horse on the ground. The HorseCentered Levels — like the Horsemanship and HorseSense Levels — are designed to encourage a well-rounded, multi-discipline approach, while allowing instructors and students to practice the Levels through the lens of their preferred training methods.

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We’ve been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood in sweltering/ freezing arenas, capturing lifelong memories of lessons, camps and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One former student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here. We’re also grateful for photos of Western riding donated by LLPro instructors – particularly Bit of Pleasure Horse School and Joyful Hearts Photography!

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