Learning Levels
Study Guides

Scroll down to learn more about these printable “textbooks” for every step of the Levels curriculum, then use these buttons to quickly find the resources you need.

Where horses are concerned,

details matter.

Few things cause horses (and instructors) more grief than riders and caretakers who have NO IDEA how much there is to learn!

So we put the details into printable booklets we call “study guides”.
Now you can easily give your students all the important details you want them to learn.

Use study guides as textbooks

Make sure everyone has those details!

Study guides are written for students  – in fact, we originally wrote them so that our students could study on their own and come prepared to lessons and camps. They’ll provide those important details – phrases and keywords – you want students to remember. 

Then we discovered how invaluable the guides are as time-saving tools for instructors! They’ll give you and your teaching assistants an easily-modified framework for organizing and teaching the details for an objective. 

Each study guide has a page or two of basic information for every objective in that Level. Guides are writting in clear, simple language with lots of graphics to make it inviting and readable for students of all ages.

You can easily print guides as you need them. They’re designed for desktop printing, with a loose-leaf format that allows your students to keep pages in 3-ring binders.

With an LLPro membership, you can also share the files with your students – see our Legal Stuff for details.

Get more tips for using study guides:


Make sure your students remember what they read by mixing in plenty of interactive and hands-on activities for every objective.

Check out the Challenge page for a bunch of time-saving teaching tools you can use to supplement study guide information.

Pro tip #2

Your program is likely to have a different way of teaching some parts of the mounted or unmounted curriculum – and that’s okay!

Use the parts that work for you. Modify other parts to suit your situation and goals.

And remember that teaching students to THINK and to CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES of different equine practices will help them become better students and horsemen.

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Formats and Printing Tips

Our default download files are PDF documents. If you need a zipped file, let us know and we can email the file to you.

Get help with using our download files HERE.

Bookmark the download file page and open the PDF file online in your browser as needed. PDF files aren’t responsive, but you should be able to scroll around your screen to access the content.

You can also save the file to your desktop or mobile device to use offline.

Study guides are designed for full-color desktop printers. Pages are formatted for 2-sided printing on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, with 0.75″ inside margins sufficient for 3-hole punching.

When printing as a booklet, we recommend a 24-lb bright white paper for best results. Thinner copy paper doesn’t work well for two-sided printing.

 PRO TIP: We give our students a binder so they can safely keep all of their guides in one place.

You can download printing instructions here.

You can download our free sample file to print a few pages and see how well the printing works for you.

— We made the study guides very colorful because it’s seriously difficult to get kids (and many adults) to read anything that is all black-and-white. If you want them to read it, print in full color!

— You can always print one page at a time, as needed for handouts.

— Should you need to print study guides in bulk, check with your local print shop for options. If your print service can provide us with “joboptions”, we MAY be able to give you a file with custom print specs for an additional fee. Contact us for details.

We are NOT professional printers, but are happy to try and help with any questions you have about desktop printing for your study guides.

Have study guides helped make your students smarter and your life less insane? Found a creative way to use them?

Your insight is appreciated!

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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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