Horseback Riding 101
with CEU Certificate*
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While it's impossible to describe the exhilaration and connections to yourself and to nature you will experience while riding a horse, be assured that nothing else you ever do will be quite like it. That may not seem true the day after your first ride, when you will probably have some aches and pains from muscles you don't use often and may feel like your legs have forever become an "O" shape, or when you are learning to ride the trot, which is a big challenge for most of us, but those kinds of problems will disappear quickly as you learn and love to ride.
You'll also love horses themselves. They are friendly, gentle animals and companions – and enjoyable riding requires that you and your horse, or a stable horse you may ride, work together. Since horses are herding animals in the wild, they enjoy having at least one other horse companion, and will take you into their herd, too. You'll like that!
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Lesson 1: The Joys of RidingHorseback riding is a wonderful outdoor adventure, taking you off-road to places you wouldn't otherwise see, and allowing you to go much farther than you would probably care to hike.
Lesson 2: Why Take Lessons and Basic Horse SenseThere are several important reasons to take lessons. This lesson exams some of those reasons.
Lesson 3: Finding a Good Instructor for LessonsThis lesson looks at finding the right person to give you good riding lessons.
Lesson 4: Should you Buy? Finding a Trainer and Vet, Buying Your HorseIf you love riding, your next dream may be owning your own horse. The first decision is whether you can afford it. This lesson examines the issue.
Lesson 5: Horse History and Breeds, Choosing a Breed and Riding StyleThis lesson examines the history of horses, their nature, and choosing a breed.
Lesson 6: Horse Habitats, Food and GroomingThis lesson examines the essentials of good horse habits, food and grooming, as well as boarding.
Lesson 7: Horse Tack: Halters and Leads, Bridle or HackamoresThis lesson explains all the riding gear used for horses.
Lesson 8: Saddles and Other TackThis lesson looks at saddles and other tack, as well as some of the basic body parts of the horse that you should familiarize yourself with.
Lesson 9: Horse Talk and Reviewing the BasicsIn this lesson we'll review basics and give you written and photo resources you can double check when you're on your own with a horse.
Lesson 10: Keeping Your Horse Healthy and HappyIn this lesson you will learn the basics of keeping your horse healthy and what may indicate you need to call your veterinarian or farrier.
Lesson 11: Medium and Advanced Skills ProgressThis lesson will cover trotting and cantering, and briefly discuss any bad habits your horse may have.
Lesson 12: Horseback Vacations, Camps, Showing, Racing and PerformingThis lesson takes a look at horseback vacations, camps, shows and racing.
Additional Course Information
- Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
- Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
- Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
- View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
- Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
- Summarize the joys of riding.
- Describe how to find a good instructor for lessons.
- Determine whether or not you should buy a horse.
- Describe horse history and breeds, choosing a breed and riding style.
- Describe horse habitats, food and grooming.
- Summarize horse tack.
- Summarize saddles and other tack.
- Describe ways of keeping your horse healthy and happy, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|Lesson 1 Assignment: Finding Joy||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 1 The Joys of Riding||Exam||10|
|Lesson 2 Assignment: Horse Sense||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 2 Why Take Lessons and Basic Horse Sense||Exam||14|
|Lesson 3 Assignmnet: Lesson Preparation||Assignment||40|
|Lesson 3 Finding a Good Instructor for Lessons||Exam||11|
|Lesson 4 Assignment: Buyer Evaluation||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 4 Should you Buy? Finding a Trainer and Vet, Buying Your Horse||Exam||11|
|Lesson 5 Assignment: Examining Breeds||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 5 Horse History and Breeds, Choosing a Breed and Riding Style||Exam||14|
|Lesson 6 Assignment: Food and Grooming||Assignment||40|
|Lesson 6 Horse Habitats, Food and Grooming||Exam||15|
|Lesson 7 Assignment: Tack Defined||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 7 Horse Tack: Halters and Leads, Bridle or Hackamores||Exam||14|
|Lesson 8 Assignment: The Right Saddle||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 8 Saddles and Other Tack||Exam||14|
|Lesson 9 Assignment: The Basics||Assignment||50|
|Lesson 9 Horse Talk and Reviewing the Basics||Exam||14|
|Lesson 10 Assignment: Health and Happiness||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 10 Keeping Your Horse Healthy and Happy||Exam||14|
|Lesson 11 Assignment: Bad Habits||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 11 Medium and Advanced Skills Progress||Exam||14|
|Lesson 12 Assignment: Vacations to Competitions||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 12 Horseback Vacations, Camps, Showing, Racing and Performing||Exam||14|
|The Final Exam||Exam||25|