Intermediate Horsemanship Syllabus

Topics: Horse, Lead change, Physical exercise Pages: 5 (1259 words) Published: January 22, 2013
ADSC 3500L Intermediate Horsemanship
Spring 2013
Kylee Jo Duberstein
Room 210 Edgar Rhodes Ctr for ADS
425 River Drive
Athens, GA

Course Objectives:
This course is designed to be a laboratory class giving students maximal opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with horses. This is a continuation of ADSC 2500L (Beginning Horsemanship) and will go into greater detail of advanced concepts regarding riding, training, and handling horses. This class assumes that students have a basic understanding of rider position. This class will focus on going into more detail on rider influence of the horse and training techniques for different disciplines.

ADSC 2500L or a good basic mastery of correct riding position and basic riding skills. Riders should be able to catch, groom, and saddle their horses independently, as well as mount from the ground unassisted. Riders should also be able to ride comfortably at a walk, trot (jog), or canter (lope) in order to be comfortable performing exercises involved in the class.

Physical requirements:
This class involves physical activity and inherent risk associated with working with horses. While we do everything possible to ensure safety of students, there is always a risk of being injured while riding. In order to participate in this class, you will be required to sign a waiver releasing UGA of all liability associated with any injury you may sustain while participating in the class. I am not a doctor and cannot tell you what you are medically or physically capable of doing based on pre-existing conditions, physical fitness, etc. If you have concerns as to whether you can safely participate, please see a licensed health care physician prior to participating in this class. At the very minimum, students will be required to saddle horses unassisted (requiring you to lift approximately 30 lbs over head) and be able to mount unassisted from the ground.

Long pants and boots with heels are required each day in order to participate. Approved helmets are mandatory but will be provided. All other equipment will be provided. If you choose to bring your own saddle, please do not leave it at the Arena—we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged equipment. Please recognize that you are responsible for ensuring the safety and functionality of any equipment you choose to bring to use.

There is no required text for this class. I will often copy chapters from Centered Riding by Sally Swift (copyright 1985) as well as excerpts from related books, magazines, and journals. A list of tentative handouts for each week is provided on the syllabus.

Schedule: (This is a tentative list of topics. Topics may be added or deleted as necessary to benefit the course)

Week 1 Jan 7-11: Introduction
Week 2 Jan 14-18: Basic position, correct use of hands; practice bending, transitions, canter departures; drill team exercises at the walk, trot, and canter

“Basic Horsemanship Required for Training Horses”, “Half Halt How To”, “Half Halt” in Centered Riding

Week 3 Jan 21-25: Learning collection and developing self carriage in horses, discussion of training aids such as martingales, draw reins, side reins, and types of bits; exercise: barrel patterns to improve turns

“Bitting and Driving”, “Circles and Turns”, “Borrow A Trainer-Correct Bends on Curves and Squares”, “The Perfect Turn, Parts 2&3”

Week 4 Jan 28-Feb 1: Simple lead changes, work on correct bending, movement of hind end and front end of horse; exercises: barrel patterns and serpentines through cones

“Suppling the Horse”

Week 5 Feb 4-8: Riding for accuracy & developing response time; exercises: continuation of barrel patterns and serpentines as well as pattern work with transitions, straight lines, circles, etc.

Week 6 Feb 11-15: Extending and shortening the stride, learning stride control using poles,...
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