Rider Level Preparation

Rider level preparation sessions include a 45 minute riding lesson and a 30 minute practical/stable management component.  Students will learn on the ground with the horse at a level appropriate to the level they will be testing for. 

Stable management topics include but are not limited to:

  • horse colours and markings
  • stable safety 
  • grooming
  • horse anatomy
  • body language and behaviour
  • riding theory on the flat and over fences
  • horse feeds and feeding
  • horse health
  • bandaging
  • understanding lamenesses

Practical components include:

Level 1

  • approach, halter and lead a horse safely
  • lead a horse and turn it correctly
  • how to properly handle and store tack
  • what, when and how to feed treats

Level 2:

  • grooming techniques
  • quick release knots
  • tacking up unassisted
  • identifying face and body markings

Level 3:

  • taking apart and reassembling a snaffle bridle
  • put on and remove stable blankets
  • identifying blankets and their use
  • safely tying a hay net

Level 4:

  • how to measure a horse
  • applying stable bandages
  • taking temperature and pulse
  • use of restraint

Level 5:

  • applying shipping bandages
  • introduction to lungeing

Rider Level Preparation Class:
$60 + HST

The EC developed Learn to Ride Program is for individuals who wish to learn safe horsemanship skills and practices. The purpose of the program is to produce well-rounded horsemen, who are able to care for and ride their horses in a correct and safe manner.

The program is available for both English and Western. It provides a systematic process to introduce new riders to equestrian sport and presents the basics of good riding. Since proper riding technique is best developed only with the aid of an accredited instructor, the program has been designed to be delivered by an EC certified coach.

Rider Levels