Yellow Level Horsemanship Study Guide - PDF


The second Learning Levels Horsemanship guide for mounted equine instruction. REVISED FOR 2020!

Students practice emergency skills; work towards balanced walk-trot transitions and a steady trot through ring figures; learn posting diagonals and sitting trot; put flatwork skills to use in the Intro A dressage test; strengthen their jumping position over ground poles in a grid and over a simple course.

The Yellow Level study guide prepares students for lessons by explaining key concepts and emphasizing the importance of a strong foundation before cantering and jumping.


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What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

conditioning, dressage, flatwork skills, gaits and movement, jumping skills, mounted safety, riding disciplines, tack

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

  • Tack and untack independently, in twenty minutes or less.
  • Adjust stirrups and girth while mounted.
  • Perform an emergency dismount at the trot.
  • Demonstrate use of disengagement and pulley rein by halting horse from trot.
  • Ride smooth walk-trot transitions, maintaining balanced position.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of posting diagonals.
  • Demonstrate the following maneuvers at walk and trot:
    • Large circle
    • Figure-8
    • Serpentine
    • Half circle, half-turn and diagonal with change of posting diagonal
  •  Ride USDF Intro Test A or B, showing knowledge of elementary dressage terms and figures.
  •  Ride on the longe at walk and trot without stirrups and reins.
  •  Drop stirrups and pick up again, without looking down, at the walk.
  •  Ride posting and sitting trot without stirrups, once around arena.
  •  Ride in 2-point position on the flat at walk and trot, developing ability to remain balanced independent of hands.
  •  Ride grid of trot poles, demonstrating secure jumping position.
  •  Ride a ground pole course at the trot with opening and closing circles, good approaches.

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