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Horseback Riding 101

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Course Description

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!

This course will cover all the basics about riding, both beginning and advanced, and introduce almost everything you will need to know as you ride and/or decide to buy your own horse. Since all that knowledge and lore couldn't possibly fit into one course, and because there are some absolutely wonderful resources both online and at bookstores, we include many links so you can pursue information you want to deeper levels. Enjoy!
Horseback Riding 101
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  • Self-Paced
  • Instructor Support
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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  • Lesson 1: The Joys of Riding

    Horseback 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 Sense

    There are several important reasons to take lessons. This lesson exams some of those reasons.
  • Lesson 3: Finding a Good Instructor for Lessons

    This 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 Horse

    If 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 Style

    This lesson examines the history of horses, their nature, and choosing a breed.
  • Lesson 6: Horse Habitats, Food and Grooming

    This lesson examines the essentials of good horse habits, food and grooming, as well as boarding.
  • Lesson 7: Horse Tack: Halters and Leads, Bridle or Hackamores

    This lesson explains all the riding gear used for horses.
  • Lesson 8: Saddles and Other Tack

    This 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 Basics

    In 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 Happy

    In 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 Progress

    This lesson will cover trotting and cantering, and briefly discuss any bad habits your horse may have.
  • Lesson 12: Horseback Vacations, Camps, Showing, Racing and Performing

    This lesson takes a look at horseback vacations, camps, shows and racing.

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Course Title: Horseback Riding 101
Course Number: 7550058
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • 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.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 Assignment: Finding JoyAssignment30
Lesson 1 The Joys of RidingExam10
Lesson 2 Assignment: Horse SenseAssignment30
Lesson 2 Why Take Lessons and Basic Horse SenseExam14
Lesson 3 Assignmnet: Lesson PreparationAssignment40
Lesson 3 Finding a Good Instructor for LessonsExam11
Lesson 4 Assignment: Buyer EvaluationAssignment30
Lesson 4 Should you Buy? Finding a Trainer and Vet, Buying Your HorseExam11
Lesson 5 Assignment: Examining BreedsAssignment30
Lesson 5 Horse History and Breeds, Choosing a Breed and Riding StyleExam14
Lesson 6 Assignment: Food and GroomingAssignment40
Lesson 6 Horse Habitats, Food and GroomingExam15
Lesson 7 Assignment: Tack DefinedAssignment30
Lesson 7 Horse Tack: Halters and Leads, Bridle or HackamoresExam14
Lesson 8 Assignment: The Right SaddleAssignment30
Lesson 8 Saddles and Other TackExam14
Lesson 9 Assignment: The BasicsAssignment50
Lesson 9 Horse Talk and Reviewing the BasicsExam14
Lesson 10 Assignment: Health and HappinessAssignment30
Lesson 10 Keeping Your Horse Healthy and HappyExam14
Lesson 11 Assignment: Bad HabitsAssignment30
Lesson 11 Medium and Advanced Skills ProgressExam14
Lesson 12 Assignment: Vacations to CompetitionsAssignment30
Lesson 12 Horseback Vacations, Camps, Showing, Racing and PerformingExam14
The Final ExamExam25
Total Points:589

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