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Education

Texas Equine Confident Horsemanship Classes

Texas Equine Confident Horsemanship (TECH) Classes offer hands-on training to better understand how to handle and care for your horse. These classes are a great way to improve horsemanship skills on the ground. We utilize these classes on days when the footing is not appropriate for mounted lessons. These classes allow Texas Equine to continue lessons, rain or shine! 

An (L) indicates that this topic is in lecture format. A (P) indicates that this topic is in practical format and will require multiple repetitions to gain experience.

Finding & Caring For Your Horse

  • The right equine partner (L/P)

  • The right environment (L)

  • Horse behavior (L)

 

Physical Features

  • Anatomy (P)

  • Colors (L)

  • Breeds (L)

 

Housing and Nutrition

  • Feeding practices (P)

  • Grain and supplements (L)

  • Forage (L)

 

Care & Equine Professionals 

  • Routine Maintenance (L)

  • Equine Professionals (L)

  • Grooming and equipment (P)

 

Body mechanics

  • Mounting (P)

  • Dismounting (P)

  • iGallop exercises (P)

Medical Maintenance

  • First Aid (P)

  • Administering medication (P)

  • Common illness and ailments (L)

 

Physical Maintenance

  • Free lunging (P)

  • Lunging with a lunge line (P)

  • Lunging with equipment (P)

 

Stable Management

  • Daily maintenance (P)

  • Hydration care (P)

  • Seasonal care (P)

 

Therapeutic Options

  • Stretches and massage (P)

  • Therapeutic products (L)

  • Supportive leg gear (P)

 

Trailer Safety

  • Types of trailers (L)

  • Trailer hitching (P)

  • Trailer safety (P)

Texas Equine Mounted Horsemanship Lessons

Texas Equine Mounted Horsemanship (TEMH) Lessons provide educational experiences on our amazing lesson horses. We created a leveling system to ensure students receive a strong foundation in multiple disciplines on various horses.

Level 1

  • Walk on lunge line with and without stirrups

  • Stand in stirrups at a walk on lunge line

  • Sitting trot/job on lunge line

  • Sitting trot/jog on lunge line without holding on

  • Steer through 2-4 step pattern at a walk with a spotter

Level 2

  • Steer through 2-4 step pattern in a walk independently

  • Sitting trot/jog down long side of the arena

  • Steer through 1-2 step pattern in a sitting trot/jog with a spotter

  • Posting trot on lunge line with stirrups stabilizer

  • Walk without stirrups independently

 

Level 3

  • Sitting trot/jog entire length of arena

  • Steer through 2-4 step pattern at a sitting trot/jog 

  • Posting trot with stirrup stabilizer full length of the arena 

  • Drop and put feet back in stirrups at a walk 

  • Saddle horse with assistance

 

Level 4

  • Posting trot without stirrup stabilizer on lunge line 

  • Speed changes within the walk (lengthen and shorten stride)

  • Sitting trot/jog without stirrups on lunge line

  • Posting trot without stirrup stabilizer full length of the arena 

  • Saddle horse with minimal assistance

 

Level 5

  • Steer through 3-5 step pattern at a posting/sitting trot/jog

  • Speed changes within the trot/jog (lengthen and shorten stride)

  • Recognize hoof placement at the walk (to prepare for diagonals)

  • Change posting diagonal with a verbal prompt

  • Saddle horse without assistance

Level 6

  • Recognize posting diagonals without a verbal prompt

  • Sitting trot/jog without stirrups independently 

  • Turn on the hind end (yield the shoulders)

  • Steer horse through 3-5 step pattern in the sitting trot/jog without stirrups

  • Drop and put feet back in stirrups at a sitting trot/jog

 

Level 7

  • Trot-halt-trot transitions with stirrups

  • Turn on the forehand (yield the hindquarters)

  • Drop and put feet back in stirrups at a posting trot/jog on lunge line

  • Maintain contact and correct use of aids at the walk on the rail

  • Maintain connection with horse through walk and halt transitions

 

Level 8

  • Trot-halt-trot transitions without stirrups

  • Leg yield off and on to the rail at a walk

  • Leg yield off and on to the rail at a trot/jog

  • Maintain contact and correct use of aids at the trot/jog on the rail

  • Steer through 3-4 step pattern with contact and correct use of aids at the walk

 

Level 9

  • Steer through 3-4 step pattern with contact and correct use of aids at the trot/jog

  • Canter/lope on lunge line with stirrups

  • Canter/lope on lunge line without stirrups

  • Canter/lope 20m circle with spotter

  • Canter/lope down long side without spotter

 

Level 10

  • Canter/lope full length of the arena

  • Walk, trot/jog, canter/lope 5-8 step pattern

  • Canter/lope down long side without stirrups

  • Simple change through trot/jog

  • Steer through 3-4 step pattern with contact and correct use of aids at the canter/lope

College Internship Program

 

The Texas Equine Internship Program is a great stepping stone into the equine industry. The skills acquired help participants experience different aspects of the industry to help narrow down their job search. Interns get real world experience handling horses, interacting with other equine professionals and the required day to day care. In addition to hands-on experience, interns also gain confidence, self awareness, time management skills, efficiency and problem solving skills. Click her to apply for our internship!

 

An (L) indicates that this topic is in lecture format. A (P) indicates that this topic is in practical format and will require multiple repetitions to gain experience.

 

Care and Management

  • The right equine partner (L)

  • The right environment (L)

  • Feeding practices (P)

  • Grain and supplements (L)

  • Forage (L)

  • Routine Maintenance (L)

  • Equine Professionals (L)

  • Daily maintenance (P)

  • Seasonal care (P)

 

Anatomy and Equipment

  • Anatomy (P)

  • Colors (L)

  • Breeds (L)

  • Grooming and equipment (P

  • Daily maintenance (P)

  • Hydration care (P)

  • Seasonal care (P)

  • Supportive leg gear (P)

Horse Handling

  • Horse behavior (L)

  • Leading the horse (P)

  • Mounting (P)

  • Dismounting (P)

  • Mounted communication (P)

  • Trailer safety

 

Physical and Medical care

  • First Aid (P)

  • Administering medication (P)

  • Common illness and ailments (L)

  • Lunging (P)

  • Stretches and massage (P)

Teaching Fundamentals

 

This is an online course designed to improve teaching skills and prepare participants for a teaching certification. Each session consists of four classes and includes homework assignments and bonus material. Each class takes place on Zoom and lasts approximately one hour. Courses are priced at $150 and is limited to ONLY FOUR participants.

 

This course includes: 

  • Task Analysis

  • Flexible Explanation 

  • Effective Communication

  • Lesson Planning

  • Getting Creative

  • Thinking Ahead

  • Student Evaluations

All students will receive participation certificates!

*Please note: This course focuses on teaching techniques and does not include horsemanship lessons. Prior equine experience is highly recommended for this class.

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