Teaching Guide – Red HorseSense – All Tied Up

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Use this teaching guide for beginner unmounted HorseSense lessons to teach safe techniques for tying a horse, with four quick-release knot variations.

Red Level students will learn to lead a horse to an appropriate tie area and tie with an effective quick-release knot, leaving no more than an arm’s length of rope between the horse’s halter and tie post.

Note that there are many ways of tying a quick-release knot. Any method is acceptable if it meets the safety criteria. You should always be able to explain the reason for your preference, and encourage your students to think critically about the reasons for their choices as well!

Even if your barn utilizes cross-ties, students should know how to select a safe tie area and how to tie a quick-release knot — as well as learning how to maneuver around the cross-ties.

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This PDF file is formatted for full color desktop printing on standard 8.5 x 11” copy paper.

4 pages

277 KB

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