The sixth Learning Levels Horsemanship guide for mounted equine instruction, with invaluable detailed information for both students and riding instructors.
Purple Horsemanship is designed for dedicated equestrians eager to move past the basics and develop intermediate skills. It introduces more challenging flatwork exercises and prioritizes fitness of the rider in both dressage and jumping positions.
With the help of this guide, mounted lessons with a qualified instructor, and a commitment to self-directed practice, students will be able to identify diagonals and leads through feel; to ride accurate 20m, 15m and 10m circles, leg yields; to demonstrate effective trot/halt/trot transitions, walk-to-canter and canter-to-halt transitions; to ride a USEA Novice Test A or B; to know correct distances and ride a variety of gymnastic exercises up to 2’9”, with and without stirrups and/or reins; to jump a course at 2’6” that includes spread and vertical fences, related distances, bending lines, and a combination; to jump a small course at 2’ without stirrups; to ride at the gallop in the open with control and a strong galloping position; and to jump a variety of Beginner Novice level cross-country fences, to include bank, ditch, trot or canter through water.
Our goal for Purple Level students is for them to acquire the secure seat and coordinated use of aids necessary for more advanced riding, while gaining confidence and experience in a variety of English riding disciplines.