Rainbow Level Coloring Book - PDF


The Rainbow Level is a special introductory level for young riders, ages 4 through 7, who are not yet able to ride and care for a pony independently.

Rainbow Level students ride on the leadline, or with a “Ground Buddy” walking close by, to ensure their safety and control. They may require help with tasks such as leading and grooming, as well as the simple reading and writing required to complete the Level.

We use this guide to teach our youngest students basic safety rules and to help them understand how beginner riding lessons are structured. Perfect for children who are not quite ready for regular riding lessons, too!

The Rainbow Level study guide has simple text and a full-sized illustration for each Learning Levels objective. We recommend using it as a coloring book, and reading through the material with the child.

And who doesn’t like to color pictures of horses?


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This PDF file is 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 coloring book suitable for a 3-ring binder, print the remaining pages, one side per page, and use a 3-hole punch.

You could also just print single pages as needed, or view the file online in your browser.


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36 pages – 3.6 MB

What will students learn?

Learning Levels Topics covered in this resource:

breeds and breed types, colors and markings, 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:

  • I take regular lessons – at least once a month – with a knowledgeable instructor.
  • I always wear boots and an ASTM-SEI approved helmet when I am working around horses. I can put on my helmet myself and show you how it fits correctly.
  • I can tell you how to dress safely for riding.
  • I can show you how to correctly approach a pony, and how to move around a pony safely – including walking around behind.
  • I can tell you why you have to groom a pony and pick out his feet before every ride.
  • I can help my instructor or an older, more experienced rider prepare for a ride. I help with the grooming, cleaning hooves, and putting on the saddle and bridle. When I am a little bit bigger, I will be able to tack up a pony without any help.
  • I can show you the basic parts of a saddle and bridle, such as the bit, reins, stirrups and girth.
  • I can lead a pony safely, both with a halter and lead rope and with the bridle reins.
  • I can help to do a safety check on my tack and pony before I ride. I can pull down the stirrups, put the reins over my pony’s head, and help check the girth.
  • I can mount and dismount correctly and safely. Even if I have to use the mounting block, or have my instructor give me a leg up, I know it is important to get on and off a pony carefully.
  • I can demonstrate a basic balanced position while my pony is walking and standing still. I know that a bad position is dangerous for me and uncomfortable for my pony, so I always work hard to keep my eyes up, heels down, and “building blocks” in place!
  • I can pick up the reins and hold them correctly, at a suitable length.
  • I can perform basic stretches and warm-up exercises at the walk, on the leadline. (This means someone is holding onto my pony to help me steer him.)
  • I can go Around the World.
  • I can demonstrate how I use my aids (my seat, legs, hands and voice) to ask my pony to walk, halt, and turn.
  • I can walk once all the way around the arena without a leadline.
  • I can ride in a balanced two-point position at the halt and the walk.
  • I can walk my pony over ground poles, showing a good jumping position, keeping my eyes up and riding straight over the middle of each pole.
  • I can ride the trot on the leadline. I can ride both a sitting trot and a posting trot, holding on to the saddle if necessary. I can keep up a steady rhythm at the posting trot, so it is comfortable for both me and my pony.
  • I can tell you why it is important to cool out my pony after hard work, and help take care of him after a ride.
  • I can name at least ten parts of the pony, and at least three grooming tools.
  • I can feed a treat to a quiet pony safely. I know why it can be dangerous to feed a pony too many treats, and always ask permission.
  • I have filled out the “My Pony” worksheet with the name, color, markings, height, and breed of the pony I usually ride. It is okay if my instructor or another experienced horseperson helps me to find this information and write it down.
  • I have helped an experienced horseperson clean out a stall. I know why it is important to clean out a pony’s stall and water buckets every day.

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We have been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood out in a sweltering/ freezing arena – or slogged up and down our hilly pastures – capturing lifelong memories of camps, clinics, and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One such student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here.

You’ll also find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials (like study guides) graciously donated by Rhonda Hagy, who is a student and lifelong friend. Contact us for information about her work.

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