Red Level HorseSense Study Guide – LLPro

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Use our Red Level HorseSense study guide for beginner students in unmounted lessons where the emphasis is on safety for horses and humans!

This “textbook” for Red Level helps inexperienced beginner students (age 8 and up) learn equine behavior and safety in the barn, pasture, and arena.

It introduces basic horse care topics, including grooming, hoof care, stall cleaning, and rules for safe feeding. It also teaches terminology for basic equine anatomy, grooming and stable management tools, and tack.


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.


For the most part, the mounted and unmounted curriculum tracks cover different material.

In Red Level, however, you will notice some overlap – both the Horsemanship and the HorseSense guides discuss horse safety and essential ground handling skills.

We feel that these topics are important enough to discuss twice, so for students of the Horsemanship, HorseSense and HorseCentered Levels, we encourage you to review all of this vital information — especially since one guide may have more detailed information on a particular topic than the alternate guide.

We tell students that deliberate repetition is there to make sure they remember that information!


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.

39 pages

8.5 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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