Study Guides Collection - Blue Level



This zipped download file contains a printable PDF file for both the mounted Horsemanship and the unmounted HorseSense study guides:

— Blue Level Horsemanship
— Blue Level HorseSense
— printing instructions for study guides



This Blue Level guide helps students make the transition from passenger to thinking rider. It encourages students to ride on the flat with attention to detail and an awareness of the horse’s balance, while giving them the skills necessary to safely trail ride, jump, and ride over introductory cross-country fences.

The Blue Horsemanship guide can be used to prepare students for mounted lessons that demonstrate accuracy on the flat at the walk, trot, and canter, with correct diagonals, leads, and transitions, with and without stirrups. It introduces exercises for improving the seat; riding the Intro C dressage test; aids for achieving correct bend; simple gymnastic grids up to 2’; related distances; strategic riding over elementary jump courses; riding in the open over hills and natural obstacles, and effective emergency stops at the canter.


Blue Level students are ready to broaden their understanding of topics learned in Red – Green Levels, adding details that will help them become knowledgeable and responsible horsey caretakers.  With the help of this guide and some hands-on instruction, students will be able to perform thorough grooming; to understand action of bits and specialty tack; to identify farrier tools; to understand principles of horse gaits and movement, basic first aid and parasite control, and safe longeing and trailering practices.

We recommend that all of our students who plan to own or lease a horse consider Blue Level the minimum requirement. This criteria applies even if they don’t keep the horse at home, because it takes at least this much knowledge to evaluate whether your horse is being cared for properly in a boarding facility. For students who will be the sole caretakers for their horses, Blue Level should be the starting point of their ongoing equine education!

Please note that this is a zipped file – you’ll need to extract the individual PDF files from the .ZIP file to open them. Detailed help will be available on the download page.

File size = 14.8 MB  – You can learn more about our Study Guides here.

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Tips for Printing and Using this PDF File

Both files in this collection are formatted for full color two-sided desktop printing on 8.5 x 11” paper, with an 0.75″ inside margin suitable for loose-leaf binders.


  • 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: Printing instructions are included in the download file – but you can also see the step-by-step instructions HERE.

What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

bandaging, conformation, cross-country skills, dressage, flatwork skills, gaits and movement, grooming, ground handling, hoof care, jumping skills, mounted safety, parasite control, pony parts and anatomy, tack, trailer safety, unsoundnesses, vet and health care

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

Too many to list here!

Use the link below to download the curriculum checklist, then look over the Blue Level objectives for both Horsemanship and HorseSense.

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