Orange Level HorseSense Study Guide - PDF


The fifth Learning Levels HorseSense guide for unmounted equine instruction.

Orange Level students begin to look at the big picture of equine management, learning to think like a horse and consider the long-term effects of feeding, training and health care practices.

In Orange Level students expand their knowledge of equine behavior; learn to make conditioning plans for their horses’ activities and their own fitness; practice safe and efficient longeing; understand related distances and correctly set poles and fences for gridwork and gymnastic exercises; determine the appropriate body clip for their horses; deepen their knowledge of equine digestion and feeding requirements; wrap a hoof; incorporate dental care and immunizations into their horse care routines; and evaluate a horse’s conformation with consideration of breed types.

The knowledge gained in this Level allows students to make sound decisions designed to keep their horses healthy and happy.

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What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

breeds and breed types, bandaging, conditioning, conformation, dental care, equine behavior, feeding and nutrition, grooming, ground handling, hoof care, jumping skills, vet and health care

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

  • Know elementary concepts of equine behavior theory and relate them to 1) riding and training practices, and 2) stable management practices.
  • Longe a quiet horse for exercise, showing safe technique and consideration of the horse.
  • Set walk, trot, and canter poles for a selection of three different-sized horses.
  • Build a simple gymnastic grid for an average 15.2hh horse.
  • Discuss different types and reasons for clipping.
  • Evaluate a horse’s conformation, listing both good and bad points.
  • Know basic conformation traits specific to the following breeds: Arabian, Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Andalusian. Relate to suitability for specific disciplines.
  • Know stable vices, causes and possible remedies.
  • Discuss equine dental structure and the need for routine dental care.
  • Know specific immunizations needed for local area and at what frequency.
  • Wrap a hoof.
  • Discuss correct measurement of feed and suitable feed rations for horses in light, moderate, and hard work; including considerations such as conditioning, injury and/or illness.
  • Identify parts of the horse’s digestive system.
  • Identify different types of grains, hays, and supplements.
  • Create an eight-week conditioning schedule to prepare a horse and rider for a strenuous activity (i.e., horse trial, show jumping competition, fox hunt, etc.).

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