Yellow Level HorseSense Study Guide - PDF


The second Learning Levels HorseSense guide for unmounted equine instruction. REVISED FOR 2020!

Students refine leading and grooming skills they learned in Red Level; learn to care for tack; to describe and measure horses; to apply
protective boots and blankets; to identify elementary feeding principles and situations requiring veterinary care.

These Yellow Level lessons give students a strong fundamental understanding of horse care basics, and prepare them for more detailed knowledge in upcoming Levels.


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What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

blankets and boots, breeds and breed types, colors and markings, feeding and nutrition, ground handling, horse ID, mounted safety, tack, vet and health care

Students will learn these horsey skills and concepts:

  • Jog horse in hand, with safe technique, as though jogging for soundness.
  • Blanket and remove blanket from horse safely.
  • Correctly apply splint boots, bell boots, and shipping boots. Know what each is used for and which vital areas are protected.
  • Clean and condition a saddle, bridle, and girth, knowing reasons for each step.
  • Reassemble saddle and bridle without assistance.
  • Care for a horse after a workout, to include:
    • Cooling out
    • Thorough grooming and post-ride inspection
    • Appropriate feeding and watering
  • Know normal TPR range for a horse, and discuss how to take TPR.
  • Know basic colors and markings.
  • Know basic types and breeds of the horse.
  • Know how to measure a horse for height.
  • Know reasons for basic feeding principles, to include discussion of roughage and concentrates.
  • Know signs of colic and action to take.
  • Know which injuries can be handled with minor treatment and which need veterinary attention.

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