Ground Lessons

Horse Ground Lessons for beginner and advanced

Beginner Level


Ground Lesson Topic 1 

Tacking up and How to Take Care of Tack


Riders will learn, or further polish up their tacking up skills, including saddling, bridling, stirrups, and hoof care unassisted. 

Riders will learn proper cleaning and care of tack and types of bits



Ground Lesson Topic 2 

Stall Cleaning and Horse Feed


Rider will get to learn how to properly use a pitchfork and broom to clean a horses stall.

Riders will learn basic upkeep of a barn. ‘A day in the life’

Riders will learn about horses basic necessities, water, hay, grain, turnout. 



Ground Lesson Topic 3 

Leading the Horse on the Ground


  • Riders will learn how to catch a horse unassisted and put on halter from the stall or paddock. 
  • Rider will learn how to properly lead a horse on the ground, back up and turn. 

Ground Lesson Topic 4 

Leading Horse Through Obstacles 


  • Riders will advance their leading by encourages horses through small obstacle course on the ground incorporated into fun games and races!
  • Riders can practice trotting their horses in hand, and how to do so safely. 

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Please come wearing riding clothes. Boots with 1inch heel, riding pants and helmet even though no riding. Riders will be required to wear helmets for the leading portions. Weather appropriate clothing. Please bring pen and paper to write notes down. If you miss one of the Topics you can make up the following month in a similar format. Groups of 8-10 max. Prices TBA. Please arrive 15 minutes prior.


Advance Level


Ground Lesson Topic 1 

Horse Terminology 


  • Riders will learn horse ‘lingo’ and get an in depth knowledge of all the different terminology including horse parts, jump types, disciplines, and types of training gear.


Ground Lesson Topic 2 

Show Prep for Horse and Riders 


  • Rider will get to learn how to pack a horse and rider for the horse show 
  • Riders will learn about what to expect at shows, what types of show there are, etc.


Ground Lesson Topic 3 

Lunging Demos


  • Riders will learn the basics of horse to lunge a horse, why we lunge etc.
  • Riders will learn the safety of lunging and lunging tack.
  • Rider will get to demo what it’s like to lunge. 

Ground Lesson Topic 4 

Setting Jumps/ Walk Courses 


  • Riders will learn how to set a basic jumper course and or hunter course. 
  • Riders can learn and practice walking courses to better understand for in saddle. 

Must Read

The advanced course is for riders who have completed the beginner level at least once. Age and size will limit lunge line lessons and that is why it is labelled as a demo, but watching is learning for all ages. Please come wearing riding clothes. Boots with 1” heel, riding pants and helmet even though no riding. Riders will be required to wear helmets for the leading portions. Weather appropriate clothing. You are welcome to bring pen and paper to write notes down. If you miss one of the Topics you can make up the following month in a similar format. Groups of 8-10 max. Prices TBA. Please arrive 15 minutes prior.


If you would like to book a ground lesson please email westcottequestrian@gmail.com or check back for our BOOKING BUTTON