Book Work: Book work will
consist of learning colors, breeds, horse parts, hoof parts,
and saddle parts. Students will learn some of these things
while on horseback, but we will cover them further in depth
on the ground. All riders will be expected to remember a
certain amount of information.
Ring Work: In the arena,
students will be expected to learn how to control their
horse or pony and make their horse or pony perform certain
tasks while they learn horse safety. These tasks will
depend on the level of the rider. We have the levels pre-set
for riders. Riders will learn these tasks through various
horse games and exercises. Examples of games to be played
are horse basketball, Simon Says, 4 corners, red light
green light, and many more.
Ground Work: Ground
work allows us to give our lesson horses a longer rest.
Ground work will consist of oral review, grooming, saddling
and more as needed.
Trail Work: On the
trail, riders will be expected to continue following the safety
rules they learned in the arena. Also, riders will be
expected to go up hills, down hills, and across streams and
creeks. All riders will perform the same tasks on the
*Note* riders younger than
7 will be placed on a lead on the trails at the beginning of
the week. Their goal for the week will be to complete a
trail without being led. This is a safety factor.
On the last day of camp,
weather permitting, we will have a picnic down by the creek.
At this time, the students will be tested on their horse knowledge to
pass to the next level.
Blue Level: All of our riders
start at this level. No prior knowledge is required.
The rider knows 5
parts of the saddle, 3 parts of the bridle, 10 parts of the
horse, 3 horse colors, 3 horse breeds, 3 parts of the hoof,
1 facial marking, 1 leg marking, 3 natural aids, 3 artificial
aids, can properly brush a horse, properly saddle a
horse, properly mount/dismount a horse, walk a horse,
perform a circle, and reverse a horse.
The rider can name
20 parts of the horse, 10 parts of the saddle, 5 parts of
the bridle, 2 different bits, 6 hoof parts, 6 horse
colors, 6 horse breeds, 3 natural aids, 3 artificial aids, 2
leg markings, 2 facial markings, can properly brush, saddle,
bridle, and mount their horse or pony, walk and trot a
straight line, walk and trot a circle, and stop their horse or
pony from a walk or trot. The rider can perform a figure 8
walk, perform a 4-loop serpentine at a walk,
dismount horse properly, unbridle horse correctly, and
unsaddle horse properly.
The rider can name 30
parts of the horse, 15 parts of the saddle, all bridle
parts, 9 hoof parts, 12 breeds, 12 colors, 3 leg markings, 3
facial markings, 3 different types of bits, 4 natural aids,
4 artificial aids, can brush, saddle, bridle, and mount
their horse or pony. The rider can walk/trot/lope their
horse or pony in a straight line and in a circle. The rider
can perform a figure 8 at a lope,
perform a 4-loop serpentine, dismount a horse properly,
unsaddle a horse properly, and walk a horse on the ground properly.