Horsemanship Lesson Plans - Set of 20 for Green Level



Use this flexible set of 20 Green Level horsemanship lesson plans with or without our progressive riding curriculum to teach your students a safe, balanced, and secure canter along with introductory jumping skills. Learning Levels lessons can be taught consecutively, or combined and presented in any order that works logically for your students and program.



These lesson plans will help you guide students through our Green Level Horsemanship curriculum — you can learn more about Green Level goals here.

Each printable lesson has 2 pages of information:

  • A list of required equipment, including notes on setting the arena and pre-lesson preparation.
  • A suggested breakdown of instructional content presented over the course of an hour.
  • Ideas for games and modifications when teaching private and group lessons.
  • Additional thoughts and cautionary notes covering scenarios you may face during the course of the lesson.

Our lesson plans are divided into two separate sets, with ten lessons each:

In SET ONE – CANTER WITH CONFIDENCE, students learn to rate their speed before their introduction to the canter; practice identifying canter leads; learn a simple change of lead through the trot;  gain confidence at all three canter seats on the flat and through ring figures; and maintain a secure position cantering over a ground pole.

In SET TWO – SMOOTH AND SECURE, students will assess their own strength, stamina, and flexibility for safe riding on the flat and over fences; perform exercises to increase balance and stability over trot poles; develop course planning skills with attention to posting diagonals over ground pole courses; apply jumping skills over a gymnastic grid ending in an 18″ crossrail.

You can also use two additional lesson plans for this level: download your FREE Green Level Horsemanship sample set here.


Green Level Horsemanship students will acquire a solid base of support at the walk, trot, and canter, while learning to consider their own influence on the horse and their responsibility for the horse’s welfare.



Our lesson plans will give you a helpful framework for designing your own riding program, whether you award Levels ribbons or not.

We encourage you to use these lesson plans as a general guideline and a source of inspiration rather than a rigid formula. Each student and lesson environment has its own individual challenges: weather, footing, lesson location, soundness and suitability of the horse are just a few!

You may wish to modify the length or structure of the lessons, change the order in which they are presented, or mix them into plans of your own.

NOTE: All of our lesson plans assume that all horses used are safe, sound, and have been trained to perform and/or accept the skill being taught. We also assume that as a well-qualified and conscientious instructor, you are not teaching to a level beyond your experience and expertise.

If this is your first time using our lesson plans, please make sure that you read the safety guidelines and teaching tips in our intro file, How to Teach Horsemanship Using our Lesson Plans, which is included in this download.


PRO TIP: Help your students prepare for mounted lessons by giving them a Green Level Horsemanship Study Guide — and learn why we use study guides to accelerate our students’ progress in this Boss Mares blog post.



You’ll need to extract the individual PDF files from the .ZIP file to open them. Detailed help will be available on the download page.

This zipped download contains three PDF files:

— How to Teach Horsemanship Using Our Lesson Plans
— Green Level Horsemanship Lesson Plans – Set One (10 lessons)
— Green Level Horsemanship Lesson Plans – Set Two (10 lessons)

Download file size = 4.9 MB

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Tips for Printing and Using this PDF File

Since each lesson plan has two pages, we suggest duplex (front and back) printing. There are 22 pages in Set One, 22 pages in Set Two, and 8 pages in the introductory file.

No access to a printer? Try viewing the PDF file in a browser on your desktop or mobile device.

What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

flatwork skills, gaits and movement, ground handling, jumping skills, mounted safety, tack

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

  • Demonstrate ability to safely catch horse in both stall and field.
  • Prepare for a lesson independently in fifteen minutes or less.
  • Discuss procedure for warm up, cool down; with consideration of weather, footing, fitness level of horse.
  • Demonstrate the following maneuvers:
    • Reinback
    • Rating speed at walk and trot
    • Large circle at canter
    • Change of direction with simple change at canter
  • Ride at the canter on the rail in both directions, demonstrating both light and full seat.
  • Demonstrate awareness of leads.
  • Ride at the trot for a minimum of five minutes without stirrups, alternating posting and sitting.
  • Drop stirrups and pick up again, without looking down, at the trot.
  • Ride in 2-point at the canter, on the flat and over a single ground pole.
  • Trot over a grid of trot poles with reins knotted and arms outstretched.
  • Ride ground pole course at the trot with smooth turns, good approaches, correct diagonals.
  • Jump a single crossrail, not to exceed 18”.
  • Ride bareback confidently at the walk and trot, balancing independently of hands.

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