Study Guides Collection - Red Level



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

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



Red Level Horsemanship is the first horsemanship study guide for beginning English riders, typically aged 8 and up. It’s an invaluable companion to riding lessons because it gives students the vocabulary to understand riding concepts: this is why we do things the way we do them. It introduces safety rules for handling horses on the ground and in the saddle, then takes riders through grooming, tacking up, mounting and dismounting, riding at the walk and learning the posting trot.


The Red HorseSense guide  is ALL about safety for horses and humans, making it an ideal “textbook” for unmounted horse care lessons. It 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 both English and Western tack.

PRO TIP: Both of these guides can be used to help prepare students for mounted lessons by explaining key concepts and emphasizing the importance of safety. 


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 = 15.9 MB  – You can learn more about our Study Guides here.

Preview Pages

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:

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

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 Red Level objectives for both Horsemanship and HorseSense.

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