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Challenges: Level Up Cards

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Challenges:
Level Up Cards

Level Up cards use terminology or questions and answers to create unlimited learning games.

Scroll down to learn more about our Level Up sets, then use these buttons to quickly find the resources you need.

Help your students Level Up their mounted and unmounted knowledge!

Use our flashcards, question cards, and printable lists to teach and test all the details - or add them to you barn library for students' self-study.

Level Up cards help you

Ask the Right Questions

Effective instruction is all about asking students to THINK, which means we instructors ask a lot of questions!

Asking questions also has a hidden benefit: students get a little ping of achievement from every correct answer. This helps them remember the information. It also motivates them to learn more.

You want to be sure that your students learn all of the necessary terminology. You want them to understand all of the concepts. So you need to ask ALL of the right questions to find out what they’ve learned.

And you need to have those questions and answers readily available, in easy-to-use formats.

WE'VE GOT THAT COVERED.

Ask ALL the Questions!

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All the questions and answers - or terms and definitions - are available when you have Level Up datasets.

you can get Learning Levels data in these formats:

The cool thing about card sets is that you can use them to create a zillion quiz-bowl type learning games.

OUR STUDENTS' FAVORITE QUIZ-BOWL GAMES:
ditto!

Flip These Sample Cards

hover/tap each card to see the reverse side

question bank

Level Up

Red HorseSense

FEEDING AND NUTRITION

How long should you wait after feeding until you ride?

at least one hour

terms - FLASHCARDS

BALANCED
SEAT

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Red Horsemanship

FLATWORK SKILLS

Rider position in which a straight line can be drawn from the ear, down through the shoulder, hip and heels. Allows the rider’s weight to be equally distributed so that the rider does not interfere with the horse’s movement and both horse and rider can move in harmony.

question bank

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Yellow Horsemanship

FLATWORK SKILLS

Describe a figure-eight ring figure.

Riding two exact circles of equal size, joined at the center by one or two straight strides.

terms - FLASHCARDS

SURCINGLE STRAPS

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Yellow HorseSense

BLANKETS AND BOOTS

wide straps on a horse blanket that wrap under the horse's belly

WE'RE STILL WORKING ON THESE SETS ... STAY TUNED!

question bank

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Green HorseSense

VET AND HEALTH CARE

What is a Coggins test?

a blood test to check for an incurable contagious disease called Equine Infectious Anemia - must be done annually

terms - FLASHCARDS

HALF-HALT

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Green Horsemanship

FLATWORK SKILLS

Riding skill that uses your seat, leg and hand together in a brief moment that asks your horse to rebalance himself; useful for getting a horse’s attention and preparing him for transitions.

question bank

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Blue HorseSense

PARASITE CONTROL

Name four internal parasites and two external parasites.
Internal: large strongyles (bloodworms); small strongyles, ascarids (roundworms), pinworms, tapeworms, etc. External: flies, ticks, mosquitoes.
Bots are both internal and external.

terms - FLASHCARDS

BASE NARROW

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Blue HorseSense

CONFORMATION

Horse stands with feet placed too close together, inside of plumb line down from the shoulders. Can cause the horse to interfere. Also puts more weight and concussion on the outsides of the feet and legs.

question bank

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Orange HorseSense

CONDITIONING

How can you use a horse's vital signs to determine his current conditioning level?
Check his resting TPR; check it again immediately after exercise, then walk him and check his recovery time every five minutes to see how long it takes him to recover. A fit horse recovers quickly; recovery rate is slower for an unfit horse.

terms - FLASHCARDS

CRIBBING

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Orange HorseSense

EQUINE BEHAVIOR

Stable vice in which a horse bites an object (such as a fence), arches his neck, and pulls against the object, sucking in air.

question bank

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Purple HorseSense

HOOF CARE

Name four different variations on the basic horseshoe.

calks or borium; drilled holes for studs; bar shoe; heart bar shoe; fullered rim shoe; toe clips

terms - FLASHCARDS

RINGBONE

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Purple HorseSense

UNSOUNDNESSES

Calcification (or arthritis) of pastern bones, visible as hard lumps in one of two locations: high (pastern, between the two pastern bones) and low (coronary band, between lower pastern bone and coffin bone). Caused by concussion produced by poor conformation or overwork. Horse may be occasionally or permanently lame.

question bank

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Teal HorseSense

BANDAGING

What two types of bandages can be used on the knee and the hock?

figure-eight, spider bandage

terms - FLASHCARDS

PROXIMAL SESAMOIDS

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Teal HorseSense

PONY PARTS AND ANATOMY

Bones in the horse's fetlock that function as part of the suspensory apparatus; suspensory ligament attaches above them to the splint bone, and the distal ligaments attach below to the pastern bones.

Formats and Printing Tips

All Level Up Sets downloads are printable PDF files.

Get help with using our download files HERE.

If your device can open a PDF file in a browser, then you should be able to resize and scroll the card or list pages sufficiently to read them without printing – handy for barn lessons!

You’ll need internet access (data or wifi) – unless you use an app that can open offline PDF files on your phone. Check your app store for options.

For best results, set your printer for standard color printing – and make sure your printer is not set to “shrink to fit”!

Cards are designed for a standard 2.5″ x 3″ business card template. We used Avery #8871, but any equivalent should work. You could also print on plain letter-sized card stock and cut them apart.

There is also a template for the optional back side of your cards.

We’ve included a FREE sample file of Level Up Cards for you to test on your desktop printer. Look in for the SAMPLE SET in the resource slider below.

Want to make your own question-and-answer sets? Download our Level Up lists, then copy the text and paste into a blank document to edit your content. 

We’re not printing experts, but we’ll be happy to answer your questions – contact us.

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