Green Level HorseSense Study Guide - PDF


The third Learning Levels HorseSense guide for unmounted equine instruction. REVISED FOR 2020!

Students who learned basic terminology and safety rules in Red and Yellow Levels are now ready to apply that knowledge with some Green Level hands-on skills.

The Green HorseSense guide expands the student’s knowledge of equine health and safety with basic first aid and stable management practices, conditioning, and rules for safe trail riding.

We consider the Green Level knowledge and horse care skills to be the minimum requirement for anyone who rides, whether or not they own/lease a horse.


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What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

bandaging, breeds and breed types, conditioning, ground handling, hoof care, mounted safety, parasite control, riding disciplines, stable and facility management, tack, vet and health care

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

  • Jog horse in hand, with safe technique, as though jogging for soundness.
  • Fit a saddle, bridle (including bit), girth and halter to a horse.
  • Identify items in equine first aid kit, giving reasons for each item’s use.
  • Take and record TPR.
  • Measure a horse for weight and height.
  • Administer a paste or gel dewormer safely.
  • Apply a stable bandage.
  • Describe ten riding disciplines (English or Western).
  • Name five breeds in each of the following categories: sporthorse, draft, gaited, pony, color breeds.
  • Discuss safe trail riding practices, including appropriate tack and equipment.
  • Discuss basic conditioning for horse and rider.
  • Know signs of a hoof needing trimming or shoeing.
  • Know basic stall and pasture management practices to keep horse safe and happy, to include:
    • Provision for water, forage
    • Shelter and living arrangements
    • Fly and manure management
    • Seasonal considerations
  • Create a simple calendar showing routine care needed for horse, to include: immunizations, shoeing or trimming, deworming, dental care and Coggins test.
  • Know which injuries can be handled with minor treatment and which need veterinary attention.

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