Horsemanship Lesson Plans - Set of 20 for Yellow Level
Use this flexible set of 20 Yellow Level horsemanship lesson plans — with or without our progressive riding curriculum — to give your students a strong foundation and a balanced seat at the trot. 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 Yellow Level Horsemanship curriculum — you can learn more about Yellow Level goals here.
Each printable lesson has 2 pages of information:
Our lesson plans are divided into two separate sets, with ten lessons each:
In SET ONE – BASIC SKILLS, students practice tacking up quickly and efficiently; practice emergency skills at the trot; learn posting diagonals; work toward a balanced seat and a stable leg position at all three trot seats on the longe line; and strengthen their jumping position over ground poles in a grid and over a simple course.
In SET TWO – FLATWORK FUN, students learn seat-building exercises without stirrups; work towards balanced walk-trot transitions and a steady trot through ring figures; put flatwork skills to use in the Intro A dressage test; and refine emergency skills at the trot.
You can also use two additional lesson plans for this level: download the FREE Yellow Level Horsemanship sample set here.
Mounted lessons in Yellow Level focus on control and confidence at the walk and trot. Students will achieve a secure beginner’s balanced seat that prepares them for cantering and jumping.
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 Yellow 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
— Yellow Level Horsemanship Lesson Plans – Set One (10 lessons)
— Yellow Level Horsemanship Lesson Plans – Set Two (10 lessons)
Download file size = 2.1 MB
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.
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