Rainbow Level Resources

Rainbow Level Resources

All the Rainbow Level materials you need - lesson plans, videos, study guides, challenges, and blog posts - for both mounted and unmounted instruction.

Scroll down to learn more about our Rainbow Level – or use the button below to quickly find the resources you need.

Rainbow Level is a special introductory level designed just for very young children, typically aged 5-7.

Most students with good reading skills will start with Red Level - but Rainbow Level is an option for younger students who are not yet mature enough for full lessons.

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Rainbow Level

Rainbow Level combines both unmounted HorseSense and mounted Horsemanship instruction, introducing basic concepts that will be repeated and mastered in Red and Yellow Levels.

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Teaching riding skills to young children is a challenge!

Your goal here is to provide a safe introduction to horses and riding.
Safety is everything with this age group.

You need simplified lesson plans with age-appropriate teaching tools.

We suggest starting your youngest students with Rainbow Level because it contains simple objectives and shorter, age-appropriate lessons, with a strong focus on safety.


You can mix in Red Level materials for children who are a bit more advanced – and then decide if they need to repeat those lessons at a later date to pass Red Level.

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Look below for helpful Boss Mares blog posts about our experiences with Rainbow Level. Most of our Blue-Teal Level students started riding in our Rising Rider summer camps, signed up for Rainbow Level lessons, and have worked their way through the Levels. They all have a rock-solid foundation. And they’re all part of our barn family for life.

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Overview of Rainbow Horsemanship: The optional Rainbow Level is a special introductory level just for very young riders, aged 4 through 7, who are not yet able to ride and care for a pony independently. Rainbow Level riders should always practice their skills with the supervision and assistance of an instructor!

Rainbow Level introduces a simplified version of both HorseSense and Horsemanship concepts. Rainbow Level riders ride on the leadline, or with a “Ground Buddy” walking close by, to ensure their safety and control. They may require help with tasks such as leading and grooming, as well as the simple reading and writing required to complete the Level.

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Drop us a line with your question or comment and we’ll do our best to respond quickly. Like you, we have horses and students and dogs and cats and families to manage, but we check email several times a day so you should hear from us within 24 hours.

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.

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