Lesson Plan 1 - Beginner

Objectives
  • Student arrives
  • Introduce student to horse
  • Explain how to put a halter and lead rope on
  • Explain how to hold lead rope so it won't hurt you if the horse pulls away
  • Show student how to lead horse
  • Help student lead horse in several large circles
  • Show student how to stop horse and start
  • Take horse into barn
  • Explain how to turn horse around without getting stepped on
  • Put horse in crossties
  • Explain what brushes to use and why
  • Teach student to brush horse, brush mane and tail, pick out hooves
  • Introduce saddle, bridle, protective boots
  • Assist student in tacking up horse
  • Have student put on riding helmet
  • Student lead horse out to mounting block
  • Tighten girth and show student how to mount
  • Help student mount
  • Adjust stirrups
  • Explain how to ask the horse to go (do NOT kick!) and stop
  • Student walks horse
  • Explain how to turn
  • Walk beside student on outer edge of rail for about 5 or 6 turns around
  • Have student make a large circle using half of the arena
  • Have student stop and start at cones or letters placed around the arena
  • Have student stop and do mounted exercises (i.e., touch toes, touch bridle, touch tail, reach up high, stand in stirrups, etc.)
  • Start horse again
  • Walk over ground poles
  • Stop and back horse up
  • Stop, start, and back at cones/letters
  • Dismount
  • Take horse back to barn
  • Teach student how to take off saddle, bridle, and put halter back on
  • Crosstie horse
  • Groom horse/hose horse off
  • Put horse back into its stall
  • Show student how to put equipment away and stress good care of tack
  • Lesson is over.

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