A Stable Situation: needs and habits of the horse

Horsemanship Level 1: Stabling Aside from food, which was covered in last week’s post, a horse needs shelter and security.  These topics are both covered in the linked blog posts. For the Horsemanship 1 test we ask about Stabling: needs and habits of the horse Along with reference to food, secure fencing, and shelter, we…

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The Well-Groomed Horse

Horsemanship Level 1: Grooming Grooming the horse is one of the most important skill sets a rider needs to have.  It allows you to check your horse for injuries, helps increase the circulation to his skin and muscles, prevents chafing from dirt under the tack, improves his appearance, and provides valuable bonding time. As you…

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Off side! Navigating your way around a horse

It’s been about seven years since the first Horsemanship Level 1 blogs, so its time for an update.  Even if you already have your Horsemanship 1 it is worthwhile reviewing this material, as subsequent levels are all built upon this foundation. The first item on the Level 1 checklist is: identify colour, near and off side, and twenty simple parts of the horse.

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Horse Sense

The final item on Horsemanship 1 checklist is: 11. Demonstrate safety and common sense when working around horses This is something our examiners make note of during the whole of the horsemanship assessment. We want to see that you are calm, confident, and sensible while handling your horse. Most candidates are very good at staying…

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A Stable Situation: needs and habits of the horse

Aside from food, which was covered in last week’s post, a horse needs shelter and security.  These topics were both covered in previous posts (see links). For the Horsemanship 1 test we ask about 10. Stabling: needs and habits of the horse Along with reference to food, secure fencing, and shelter, we want to see…

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The Well-Groomed Horse

Grooming the horse is one of the most important skill sets a rider needs to have.  It allows you to check your horse for injuries, helps increase the circulation to his skin and muscles, prevents chafing from dirt under the tack, improves his appearance, and provides valuable bonding time. As you progress through your Horsemanship…

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