The sixth Learning Levels HorseSense guide for unmounted equine instruction.
Purple Level students begin to study different facets of equine management in depth. This Level is designed to give students a foundation of knowledge that can be used to become a responsible rider, trainer or horse owner.
Student will be able to understand and demonstrate show-quality grooming; to apply more advanced bandaging techniques; to evaluate longeing performance; to understand more advanced concepts of equine farrier and veterinary care; to identify daily horse management practices and safety issues related to trailering; to understand the economic realities of horse ownership.
At this Level, students may be interested in keeping horses independently, developing advanced riding or training skills, or pursuing a career in the equine industry. Above all, they should possess a genuine desire to become informed in all aspects of horse management, putting the horse’s welfare ﬁrst and foremost.
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What will students learn?
Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:
Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:
- Groom a horse to turnout inspection quality, to include appropriate hunt or button braids in the mane.
- Thoroughly clean an udder and a sheath.
- Longe a quiet horse and evaluate performance and movement.
- Fit side reins.
- Pull a mane.
- Apply a shipping bandage.
- Wrap a tail for travel.
- Know how to select and maintain a trailer and tow vehicle.
- Identify different types of shoes and their uses, to include traction devices such as borium and studs.
- Identify a minimum of five toxic plants native to this area.
- Know location, appearance and treatment of unsoundnesses: navicular, splints, strained or bowed tendon, ringbone, sidebone, curb, bone spavin, capped hock.
- Discuss blemishes such as windpuffs and bog spavin.
- Describe causes, signs, and treatment of laminitis/founder, tying up, choking, ulcers, thrush, skin conditions.
- Name five diseases of the horse and describe symptoms and preventative measures.
- Discuss stable and pasture management, to include:
- Turnout schedules
- Parasite management
- Grass management
- Different options for fencing and bedding
- Routine facility maintenance
- Daily care of horses
- Create a budget for keeping a horse for a year, to include: feed and board, routine health care, emergency care, tack and equipment, and showing and training expenses.