Use our Pink Level HorseCentered study guide for beginner students in unmounted ground training lessons. This “textbook” for Pink Level introduces students to basic horse training principles and hands-on ground training skills.
Pink Level students will gain familiarity with basic equine behavior and training principles while practicing a variety of foundational groundwork exercises. Students are encouraged to prioritize the horse’s enjoyment and develop awareness of the horse’s posture and mental state.
To ensure safety for both horse and handler, we recommend that students have basic Red Level HorseSense safety knowledge and horse handling skills before attempting any kind of groundwork.
The purpose of the HorseCentered Levels is to deepen understanding of the horse while developing practical, hands-on training skills. Learning why horses behave the way they do, and how to modify behavior ethically as well as effectively, can prevent frustration and suffering in both horse and handler.
These Levels are designed to accommodate a variety of different groundwork approaches, with the goal of creating well-rounded trainers who can choose and use methods while prioritizing partnership and the horse’s well-being.
ABOUT OUR STUDY GUIDES
We use the study guides, along with our Teaching Guides and other educational resources, to provide detailed instructional content for unmounted classes or clinics — and for our students to study at home in preparation for lessons.
We’ve also found study guides to be an invaluable asset when coordinating instruction between multiple instructors or training assistants and barn helpers.