• Demonstrate ability to safely catch horse in both stall and field.

  • Prepare for a lesson independently in fifteen minutes or less.

  • Discuss procedure for warm-up, cooldown, with consideration of weather, footing, fitness level of horse.

  • Ride bareback confidently at the walk and trot, balancing independently of hands.

  • Demonstrate the following maneuvers:

-- reinback
-- rating speed at the walk and trot
-- large circle at canter
-- change of direction with simple change at canter

  • Ride at the canter on the rail in both directions, demonstrating both light and full seat.

  • Demonstrate awareness of leads.

  • Ride at the trot for a minimum of five minutes without stirrups, alternating posting and sitting.

  • Drop stirrups and pick up again, without looking down, at the trot.

  • Ride in 2-point at the canter, on the flat and over a single ground pole.

  • Trot over a grid of trot poles with reins knotted and arms outstretched.

  • Ride ground pole course at the trot with smooth turns, good approaches, correct diagonals.

  • Jump a single cross rail, not to exceed 18".

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