Purple Level HorseSense Study Guide - PDF


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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:

bandaging, grooming, ground handling, hoof care, parasite control, stable and facility management, trailer safety, unsoundnesses, vet and health care

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.

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