Blue Level Horsemanship Study Guide - PDF



The fourth Learning Levels Horsemanship guide for mounted equine instruction. REVISED FOR 2020!

This Blue Level guide helps students make the transition from passenger to thinking rider. It encourages students to ride on the flat with attention to detail and an awareness of the horse’s balance, while giving them the skills necessary to safely trail ride, jump, and ride over introductory cross-country fences.

The Blue Horsemanship guide can be used to prepare students for mounted lessons that demonstrate accuracy on the flat at the walk, trot, and canter, with correct diagonals, leads, and transitions, with and without stirrups. It introduces exercises for improving the seat; riding the Intro C dressage test; aids for achieving correct bend; simple gymnastic grids up to 2’; related distances; strategic riding over elementary jump courses; riding in the open over hills and natural obstacles, and effective emergency stops at the canter.


Download file = 6 MB

SKU LL-117-PDF Categories , ,

Preview Pages

Tips for Printing and Using this PDF File

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.

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.

41 pages – 6 MB

What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

cross-country skills, dressage, flatwork skills, jumping skills, mounted safety

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

  • Know and demonstrate a minimum of four exercises that can be used to improve the seat.
  • Ride ring figures at the walk and trot, with correct diagonals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aids used for asking horse to correctly bend.
  • Ride accurate trot/canter transitions.
  • Ride a 20m circle at the walk, trot, and canter, with correct diagonals and leads.
  • Ride USDF Introductory Test C with accurate transitions and ring figures.
  • Ride at the walk, trot and canter without stirrups.
  • Ride simple gymnastic grids up to 2’, to include one small oxer.
  • Trot into a related distance and canter out.
  • Ride a ground pole course at the canter, with simple changes of lead as necessary.
  • Jump a course of 5-7 fences at 18”, at the trot, with good approaches, developing the ability to plan a course.
  • Demonstrate an effective use of disengagement and pulley rein by stopping horse from canter.
  • Ride in the open, up and down hills and over fences and natural obstacles at the walk and trot.

Free shipping
for orders over $45

STRIPE encrypted checkout

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
on all shipped items

Want unlimited downloads of ALL invaluable Learning Levels teaching tools?

LLPro Membership Benefits

Not Yet a Member?

Join us to get unlimited access to ALL the time-saving resources you need to teach mounted and unmounted lessons. Sign up for an LLPro Membership - cancel at any time.
Join Us!

We have been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood out in a sweltering/ freezing arena – or slogged up and down our hilly pastures – capturing lifelong memories of camps, clinics, and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One such student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here.

You’ll also find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials (like study guides) graciously donated by Rhonda Hagy, who is a student and lifelong friend. Contact us for information about her work.

Are we lucky or WHAT?!

Not yet an LLPro member? Join us!

Enter Your Email