Teaching Guide – Red HorseSense – Pony Parts

Learning Levels Downloads

Helpful information about this resource:

Use this teaching guide for unmounted lessons that teach your Red Level HorseSense students the correct terminology for basic parts of a horse’s body.

After several practice sessions, students should be able to point to and correctly name most, if not all, of the parts of the horse. Ideally this should be done in an organized manner (for example, head to tail to toe), but they should also be able to locate points at random when prompted.

There are important reasons for students to become fluent in pony parts: these are terms they will hear for the rest of their equestrian career, and they need to be able to describe them accurately in the event that a horse is injured.

They will also use this vocabulary when learning about conformation, movement and lameness. Thinking critically about a horse’s structure from the very beginning can only improve their understanding of what they feel from the saddle.

Lessons cover:

Teaching tips include:

If this is your first time using our unmounted teaching guides, please make sure that you download and read:



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

4 pages

224 KB

Designed for print but you could always just open the PDF file in your browser.

LLPro Membership Benefits

Not Yet a Member?

Join us to get unlimited access to ALL the time-saving resources you need to teach mounted and unmounted lessons. Sign up for an LLPro Membership - cancel at any time.
Join Us!

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!

You’ll find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials graciously donated by our friend Rhonda Hagy. Evan Surrusco contributes additional illustrations and handles most of our photo processing. Contact us for information about their work.