Purple Level HorseSense Study Guide – LLPro

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Purple Level is the sixth step of the unmounted Learning Levels curriculum.

Purple Level HorseSense students begin to study different facets of equine management in depth. This study guide is designed to give students a foundation of detailed unmounted knowledge that can be used to become a responsible rider, trainer or horse owner.

Students will be able to understand and demonstrate show-quality grooming; to apply more advanced bandaging techniques; to evaluate longeing performance; to understand more advanced concepts of equine farrier and veterinary care; to identify daily horse management practices and safety issues related to trailering; to understand the economic realities of horse ownership.

To pass each requirement, students need to discuss and or demonstrate their knowledge confidently, showing a depth of understanding that would allow them to teach a subject or put it into practice.

The Purple HorseSense study guide provides a relatively brief overview of each topic’s important points, and encourages students to actively learn through repeated practice, discussion, and outside study from books, videos and credible online sources.

You can find a list of hand-picked resources at the end of the guide.


This PDF file is formatted for full color two-sided desktop printing on 8.5 x 11” paper, with an 0.75″ inside margin suitable for loose-leaf binders.

57 pages

16.8 MB

Make sure your printer software is not set to “shrink to fit”!

Print the cover page separately on white card stock.

To create a booklet suitable for a 3-ring binder, print the remaining pages using duplex printing (on both sides of the paper) and a hole-punch. For best results, we suggest using 24-lb bright white paper stock. Thinner copy paper may not work well for two-sided printing.

You could also just print single pages as needed, or view the file online in your browser.

Pro Tip: Download our helpful Printing Tips for Study Guides for step-by-step instructions.

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