Green Level Horsemanship Study Guide - PDF


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

Students begin the transition from passenger to thinking rider in this level, learning to evaluate safe riding conditions for their mounts and to recognize their influence on the horse’s movement and behavior. Green Level introduces the canter and an awareness of leads; provides equitation exercises on the flat and the development of smooth turns and good approaches over ground pole courses; introduces jumping over an 18″ crossrail; and emphasizes the need to develop a strong, balanced position before jumping courses.

The Green Level study guide prepares students for lessons with detailed explanations of key concepts and safety considerations for both horse and rider.


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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:

  • Tack and untack independently, in twenty minutes or less.
  • 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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