Red Level HorseSense Study Guide - PDF


The first unmounted HorseSense guide for beginning English riders and horsey caretakers, typically aged 8 and up, is ALL about safety for horses and humans. REVISED for 2020!

The Red HorseSense guide helps beginner students learn equine behavior and safety in the barn, pasture, and arena. It introduces basic horse care topics, including grooming, hoof care, stall cleaning, and rules for safe feeding. It also teaches terminology for basic equine anatomy and parts of English and Western tack.

PRO TIP: This guide can be used to help prepare students for lessons by explaining key concepts and emphasizing the importance of safety — or it can be used as a “textbook” for an unmounted horse care class.


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39 pages – 8.6 MB

What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

blankets and boots, equine behavior, feeding and nutrition, grooming, ground handling, hoof care, horse ID, mounted safety, pony parts and anatomy, stable and facility management, tack, unmounted safety

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

  • Know and discuss safety rules in barn, pasture and arena.
  • Describe safe riding attire; demonstrate how to correctly fit a helmet.
  • Catch horse in stall and pasture, with safe technique.
  • Demonstrate safe leading from near side, both in barn and through doorways/gates.
  • Tie horse safely, using an effective quick-release knot.
  • Demonstrate basic grooming to prepare a horse for a ride.
  • Know names and functions of basic grooming tools.
  • Demonstrate picking out hooves safely, with knowledge of reasons for basic hoof care.
  • Know parts of the horse, to include: withers, poll, croup, hock, fetlock, etc.
  • Know parts and functions of saddle and bridle.
  • Know how to store tack correctly, and give at least two reasons for cleaning tack and equipment.
  • Know basic rules for feeding.
  • Be able to identify good and bad hay, grain, and water.
  • Demonstrate mucking and re-bedding a stall, cleaning stall thoroughly and efficiently.

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