Plan Lessons Using Levels Topics

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Plan Lessons
Using Levels Topics

Topics allow you to group objectives by subject - like trailer safety, or jumping skills, or hoof care.

Scroll down to see the topics we use to help you find teaching materials for efficient, effective lessons – updated to incorporate topics for the Western and HorseCentered curriculums!

We usually teach topics progressively

For example, the Feeding and Nutrition topic starts out with safely feeding treats in Rainbow Level. We introduce basic feeding rules in Red Level, then explain more advanced nutrition concepts in Yellow and Orange Levels. All of this builds towards the Teal Level student’s ability to balance rations.

Dividing that topic into small objectives creates achievable goals for students, so we spread objectives for most topics over several Levels.

It also makes it easier for you to teach that topic in short, memorable lessons.

But sometimes you want to teach more in-depth lessons, covering several objectives at once

Using topics to plan lessons gives you the flexibility to teach it YOUR way, whenever and however it works best for you.

Learning Levels Topics


Use of stable and shipping bandages; identifying correct bandaging materials; techniques for applying leg bandages and specialty bandages; wrapping the hoof.

Identifying, fitting and applying protective boots for riding, shipping boots, blankets, turnout rugs, sheets.

Identifying breed types and relating to usage; identifying breeds and reasons for their development.

Identifying horse colors, leg and face markings, brands and tattoos.

Evaluating horse’s fitness; conditioning principles; creating conditioning schedules for specific purposes; fitness of rider and cross-training.

Conformation terminology; relating conformation to movement and unsoundnesses; identifying conformation traits of specific breeds.

Riding in the open over varied terrain and obstacles, including riding with a group;
evaluating pace; riding the gallop; all x-country jumping.

Identifying teeth; determining age; routine dental care.

Riding the dressage test; rules for dressage competitions.

Equine communication and stress signals; behavior theory applied to training and stable management practices; stable vices.

Rules for eventing competitions.

Feeding rules; basic equine dietary needs; identifying concentrates and roughage;
determining feed rations; nutritional needs and balancing rations.

Mounting and dismounting; balanced position; use of aids; ring figures; transitions; diagonals and leads; bending; lateral work; progressive riding.

Identifying gaits and patterns of movement, using English and/or Western terminology.

Reasons for grooming; grooming tools; basic grooming techniques; clipping; bathing; braiding and show grooming techniques.

Catching horse in stall and pasture; correct leading technique; jogging out for soundness; unmounted training techniques, including longeing and maneuvering horse on ground; process of starting and backing a young horse.

Terminology for hoof parts; cleaning techniques; shoeing and trimming; hoof diseases and injuries.

Identifying horse vs pony; terms for gender and age.

Descriptive terms and phrases commonly used by horse people.

Developing lesson plans and curriculum for mounted Horsemanship, unmounted HorseSense, or unmounted HorseCentered instruction.

All horsemanship over fences, including ground poles, two-point position, coursework, gymnastic grids, setting distances and designing courses, including ground pole exercises for English and Western disciplines.

Drill team and quadrille techniques; mounted choreography; competition rules.

Rules for mounted games competitions.

Safe riding attire; general rules for safe riding; warming up and cooling out; mounted emergency skills; appropriate riding plans with consideration of footing, weather and fitness; trail riding safety; heat-related and concussion protocols.

Deworming strategies; identification of parasites; symptoms of parasite-based health problems.

Terminology for equine body parts; anatomy of musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Overview of riding sports, English and Western.

Correct show attire; general show rules/behavior; planning schedules and checklists.

Stall cleaning; daily horse care; safe fencing; pasture management; toxic plants; routine maintenance schedules; emergency planning; budgeting; facility design.

For English and Western tack: identifying and understanding purpose of different types of equipment; tack care; tack fitting and adjustment; tacking up and untacking.

Safe loading and unloading; identifying parts of rig; trailer safety rules; trailering
equipment checklists; routine maintance.

Evaluating different training methods and applying learning theory to routine interaction between horse and handler.

General rules for unmounted safety; safe rules for haltering and tying; quick-release knot; safe unmounted attire.

Terminology and location of unsoundnesses.

When to call vet; equine first aid kit; measuring for height and weight; routine health care schedules and techniques; TPR; sheath and udder cleaning; vaccinations and related diseases; medications; common illnesses and treatments.

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one caveat for teaching horsemanship lessons

While it’s fine to tweak the order in which you teach some mounted Horsemanship objectives, do please remember that most riding skills should be taught with a careful progression that creates a safe and solid foundation for more advanced skills.


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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