Red Level Horsemanship Study Guide - PDF


Give students a safe foundation with the first horsemanship study guide for beginning English riders aged 8 and up. REVISED for 2020!

Introduces safety concepts for handling horses on the ground and in the saddle. Takes riders through grooming, tacking up, mounting and dismounting, riding at the walk and learning the posting trot.

Invaluable companion to riding lessons because it gives students the vocabulary to understand riding conceptsthis is why we do things the way we do them.

Download file = 8.1 MB

SKU LL-111-PDF Categories , ,

Preview Pages

Tips for Printing and Using this PDF File

Make sure your printer software is not set to “shrink to fit”!

Print the cover page separately on white card stock.

To create a booklet suitable for a 3-ring binder, print the remaining pages using duplex printing (on both sides of the paper) and a hole-punch.  For best results, we suggest using 24-lb bright white paper stock. Thinner copy paper may not work well for two-sided printing.

You could also just print single pages as needed, or view the file online in your browser.


Pro Tip: Download our helpful Printing Tips for Study Guides for step-by-step instructions.

44 pages – 8.1 MB

What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

blankets and boots, conditioning, equine behavior, flatwork skills, gaits and movement, grooming, ground handling, hoof care, horse ID, jumping skills, mounted safety, tack, unmounted safety

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

  • Brush, pick hooves, saddle and bridle, with assistance only if necessary, demonstrating awareness of basic horse safety.
  • Mount and dismount independently (with mounting block if needed).
  • Perform warm-up stretches independently.
  • Perform an emergency dismount at the halt and walk.
  • Halt by disengaging horse’s hindquarters (“one-rein stop”), once on each rein.
  • Demonstrate a pulley rein and a safety seat.
  • Shorten and lengthen reins correctly.
  • Perform walk-halt transitions, maintaining balanced position.
  • Demonstrate the following maneuvers at walk:
    • Change of direction across diagonal
    • Half-circle reverse
    • Half-turn
    • Large circle
  • Drop stirrups and pick up again, without looking down, at the halt.
  • Ride in 2-point position at the walk.
  • Ride simple ground pole course (3-5 fences) at walk, demonstrating jumping position and good approaches.
  • Ride on the rail at a posting trot, once around in each direction.

Free shipping
for orders over $45

STRIPE encrypted checkout

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
on all shipped items

Want unlimited downloads of ALL invaluable Learning Levels teaching tools?

LLPro Membership Benefits

Not Yet a Member?

Join us to get unlimited access to ALL the time-saving resources you need to teach mounted and unmounted lessons. Sign up for an LLPro Membership - cancel at any time.
Join Us!

We have been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood out in a sweltering/ freezing arena – or slogged up and down our hilly pastures – capturing lifelong memories of camps, clinics, and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One such student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here.

You’ll also find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials (like study guides) graciously donated by Rhonda Hagy, who is a student and lifelong friend. Contact us for information about her work.

Are we lucky or WHAT?!

Not yet an LLPro member? Join us!

Enter Your Email