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Updated 12/20/2018


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  Advanced Group Typical Lesson      
  Extra Programs for Students   Home School Information:  
  Dress Code   Instructional Methods  
  Lesson Schedule   Semesters  
  Arena Rules   Method of Evaluation  
  Stable Rules   Course Description  
  Make Up Lessons      
  How to Pass Levels      
  Lesson Information      
  Rainy and Muddy Day Lessons      

New Student Evaluation lesson- for students that have ridden for a year or more.



Lesson Information:

  • Study 15 minutes a day and you find that you will fly through the levels.

  • Students are required to come 10 minutes early to class. As students advance they will be required to come to class even earlier. Starting level 4 they will need to set up obstacles the arena. 

  • Parents/riders will be required to sign a liability form.

  • Come dressed properly - i.e. jacket, shoes, see dress code below.

  • Parents (if app.) need to read throughout the study book - i.e. rules, level, dress code and fees.

  • You will receive the next level booklet upon successful completion of the previous level.

  • Replacement of the study book is $10.00 for the 1st level and $5.00 for each level after.  This will help cover the cost of printing.

  • Please call if you are not coming to class. 

  • Make up classes are for actively enrolled students only.

  • Lessons are held in all weather conditions, including rain.

  • You are required to be 10 minuets early to your lessons. If you are 5 minutes or later for your lesson and are in levels 1 or 2 you will have to reschedule. NO EXCEPTIONS

  • Always be aware that lessons may run over the allotted time.

  • Late starts - please understand that late starts may occur due to the nature of the business.

  • All students are required to clean up after themselves and their horses. For example if the horse goes to the bathroom in the grooming area it is the students’ responsibility to clean it up

  • Spectators, this includes PARENTS, are not allowed in the areas where students and horses are working, such as the arena and grooming areas or cross ties.

  • Students that are improperly dressed for riding or weather conditions will not be able to ride.

  • Spectators must not interfere in lesson by distracting student.

  • In cold weather the bit must always be warmed.

  • Bits are to be thoroughly cleaned after each and every use.

  • Jackets, coats and sweatshirts are to be zipped or buttoned while riding; never take any type of outer garment off while mounted.

  • Students will be required to ride different horses depending on availability, students’ skill level and lesson topic.

  • After level 1 a student should only use the crop behind the cinch.

Dress Code:

Wear long pants when riding, closed toed shoes with a heel (boots), avoid wearing 1/2 shirts or loose fitting clothes and no pony tails under helmets. Avoid dark color clothes during the summer time.

Special riding helmets are provided, however if you would like to purchase a helmet of your own you can find them sold at our local stores, please make sure there are certified.

Do not wear SHORTS, capris, gauchos or dangling jewelry.

Optional: Gloves, sun glasses and chaps are recommended to protect the rider’s skin and eyes.

Clothing Stores:

Boot Barn in Temecula, CA has a large stock of Riding Apparel.

Beginner Riding Packages- Some include everything and some packages you will have to buy pants separately.

New rider packages from state line tack

Adults New Rider Essentials SmartPakEquine.com

Here are some storses that can be very reasonability priced.  Horse.com , State line Tack and ridingwarehouse.com


How To Pass Levels:

  • "Students pass at their own rate." This means that a student can go though the Equine program as slowly or as quickly as their ability allows.

  • Students who feel they are ready to pass a level should always pretest before taking their test. Pretests will help the student know if they are ready to pass.

  • Students need to ask their instructor if they can pretest or test before the lesson begins.

  • Be prepared that pretests and tests may take longer.  

  • To pass a level a student will need a score of 90% or higher.  Each level is divided into 5 sections with letters defining each task. Letters are worth 5 points.

  • You may not test on the same horse more then two times in a row. For example Sam rode Bunny for level 3 and 4 tests and now she has to test different horse for level 5.

  • Pretest and test can be done orally, if needed.

  • For students that have disabilities we will brake up a pretest and test into different lesson days, if needed.  

  • A student may not miss all of a letter's all 5 points and pass. 

  • No one fails a test we just turn it in to a pretest and go over the components that need to be studied. 

Arena Rules:

Ring/riding arena rules are the standards by which a rider conducts him/herself when riding in company in a riding ring, whether showing or during instruction.  A well-mannered rider is aware that the practice of these rules is a safety factor for others in the ring/riding arena.

1.  When under an instructor’s supervision, it is important to obey that instructor at all times. The instructor can see potential danger and eliminate it before a student is even aware of what is going on. The instructor knows his/her horses so well that he/she can almost anticipate their actions. Thus, when an instructor gives a seemingly senseless command, the student should obey without question. An explanation from the instructor will generally follow.

2.  Always keep at least a two horse distance between horses.  This will eliminate any fighting that otherwise might develop.

3.  Always ride in the same direction as others unless otherwise directed. This eliminates confusion.

4.  Always ride your own horse; do not tell others what to do. This is annoying to everyone concerned. The instructor is aware of what is happening, and if he/she feels correction is required, he/she will take care of the matter.

5.  Everyone should come to a complete halt if a rider falls off his/her horse. This will calm the loose horse, making him easier to catch, and will eliminate the danger of another horse stepping on the fallen rider.

6.  The horse should be walked the first ten minutes to warm him up, and the last ten minutes to cool him out.

7.  Always walk the horse in the ring unless otherwise instructed when under instructor’s supervision.

8.  Let other riders know when you are approaching and preparing to pass.  This will enable them to be prepared to control their horses in case they speed up or kick.

9.  Do not use vocal signals to your horse when passing as the horse being passed may think they are meant for him.

10.  One should pass another horse and rider to the inside of the ring.  Those not passing should ride as close to the rail as possible.

11.  When passing, leave a two horse distance between horses to prevent kicking.

12.  Do not cut another horse and rider off when passing 

13.  The main gate should always be closed when mounting and dismounting. 

14.  When riding in opposite directions always pass left shoulder to left shoulder.

15.  All lessons are required to wear a helmet when riding.

16.  When opening and closing the arena gate announce “gate open!”.  This will prevent a horse from trying to exit the arena.

17.  When opening and closing the arena gate always keep one hand on the gate at all times.  This will prevent the gate from swinging out and hitting the horse.

Stable Rules:

1.  No smoking: no smoking anywhere. 

2.  No shouting: speak in a normal tone of voice.  Shouting is annoying to horses and has no place in the stable.

3.  No running: do not run in stable or around the horses.

4.  No gum:  no chewing gum when riding or around the stable.

5.  No standing behind tethered horses.

6.  No riding in or out of the barn.

7.  No one may play or be around the haystack.

8.  No rock throwing.

9.  All students are required to wear a helmet when riding.

10.  Any guest riding or handling a horse must sign a liability waiver. (available on our web site)

11.  Never enter a stall or take a horse without permission of the owner.

12.  Do not feed horses or chickens without permission. Do not feed academy horses by hand.

13.  Children should never be left unattended.  There are many potential dangers around the stable.

14.  Do not litter.

15.  No dogs.

16.  Do not chase the chickens or try to pet them.


Rainy and Muddy Day Lessons:

Note: In 2007 we have had 1 muddy or Rainy day lesson.

Since we hold lessons in all weather, includes rainy and muddy days here are some great things to remember.

  1. Please dress as though you are going to ride. You never know what activities we will have planed or we maybe even be able to ride.

  2. Dress in layers.

  3. If you choose to do a make up class instead of coming to a muddy or rainy day lesson you may find that you have missed out on not just a whole lot of fun but components in your level.

  4. Muddy and rainy day activates may include:

    1. Painting horse parts on a real horse.

    2. Learning safety knots

    3. Horse Jeopardy

    4. Horse BINGO

    5. Showmanship/Halter

    6. And the list goes on, and on.

If you have an idea for a muddy or a rainy day activity e-mail me!

Rainy and Muddy Day Activities Ideas 

New Student Evaluation Lesson:

For potential students that have taken lessons or have ridden more than a year. 

Evaluation lessons cost $75.00 cash and can run as long as 3 hours. We will be going over English and Western riding, horsemanship and academics to find where to place you in our levels.

Or you may wish not to do a evaluation lesson and go through the levels starting with level 1. Remember you can go through the levels as quickly or as slowly as you need to.


Semesters (Home school students only):


Fall Semester starts September through January, 5 months (22 weeks)

Spring Semester starts February through May, 4 months (17 weeks)

Summer Semester starts June through August, 4 months (13 weeks)



Method of Evaluation (Home school students only):

Per Semester

  25% Laboratory activities

  25% Level exams, grades 4th - 8th grade one exam, 9th-12th grade two exams.

  25% Participation

  25% Worksheets

Students that have disabilities will not be subject to this method of evaluation.

If you need a letter grade please notify Sarah Hill 3 weeks before the semester ends.

Instructional Methods:

Small group lab work, independent study, oral and/or written tests, reading, vocabulary, lectures, study guides, weekly oral quizzes and weekly worksheets.

Course Description:

This course is designed for the student interested in learning about horses, understanding the modern day industry, and “hands on” equine experience. Levels of instruction include: grooming tools, colors, markings, breeds, vocabulary, safety rules, feeding, care, anatomy, tack, natural gaits, natural and artificial aids, leg aids, health, equine etiquette, equine history and first aid.

The Riding Academy is proud to offer this unique equine science levels program to its students. This program was developed in 1994 for The Riding Academy by Sarah Hill and is updated every January. The goal of this program is to combine Laboratory (“hands on”) and Equine Science 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. Prerequisite- students must be 9 years old and older




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