Group English and Western Lessons (Equine Science 1)
For ages 9 year old through Adults
A Typical Lesson
Developed in 1994
for The Riding Academy by Sarah Hill, Program Manager, with the goal of
combining basic through advanced horsemanship with equine studies to create a
complete education. Students progress at their own pace with the focus on
developing a solid foundation both physical and academic. Students will
attain practical experience working with horses.
consists of several levels, beginning with level 1. Level 1 provides
the student with a basic introduction to horses, riding, and safety. Each
level alternates from Western to English; level 1 western, level 2 English,
etc. This enables our students to receive complete well rounded horsemanship
On the first day, Academy student receive a
level one study book. Students should read at least 15 minutes every day in
order to learn what is needed to pass their levels. Each level has its own
study book and homework
homework). Students turn in homework each week, which is
graded. Students progress at their own rate; they can pass as quickly or as
slowly as needed. Students that have learning disabilities can have their
test orally and/or broken down into smaller sections when testing. In
addition, a pretest is required before testing in order to insure that
students have a good understanding of the academic and lab
portion of their level.
Classes are normally one hour long, although we do ask students to come 10
minutes early. Classes will range from 6 to 8 students with one to two
First, all our students
sign in, and turn in their homework in the “in box”. If they are testing for
a higher level, they begin their test.
Our riding students
start their lab by getting their horse’s halter and lead rope, catching,
haltering, and leading their horse to the cross ties. Students are assigned
horses, but can pick their
Academy horse with instructor's approval.
Second, they get their grooming bucket and groom, saddle, and bridle their
horse. As the student continues to progress through the levels additional
grooming and tack, such as leg protection, breast collars and other
equipment is required, therefore they will be expected to come even earlier
Third, students lead
their horses out to the arena, opening and closing the gate properly,
adjusting their stirrups or stirrup irons (depending on their level),
tighten their cinch or girth, mount according to their level, and start
their exercises. Exercises will change and get harder as they progress
through the levels.
Fourth, the meat of the
class is where they learn the theory and put it into practical use.
Depending on their level, students may be learning such things as “Ask,
tell, and command”, “How the horse moves, gaits, and foot falls”, “lateral
and diagonal aids”, and “Equine behavior”. In this part, the instructor will
ask the students questions about the academics in the level that they are
Fifth, is cool down,
which is walking out their horse and learning to relax their horse and
themselves. Then, students dismount according to their levels, run their
irons up, loosen the cinch or girth, and lead their horse to the cross ties.
Sixth, they repeat
steps one and two in reverse. The student will take all tack off in correct
order, groom the horse, and reward the horse for being a good lesson horse.
At the end of their hour long lesson, after they have taken
back their horse and put the halter, lead rope and grooming bucket away, students will pick
up their homework for the week and look through the “out box” for graded