Skills to be mastered before moving to the next level...
Dressage: * Dressage seat firmly established * Walk, trot, canter without stirrups * Half-halts at canter * Balanced upward and downward transitions * Aids: Horses consistently on the bit * Aids: Leg yield form the centerline to track and back at walk and trot * Aids: Letting the horse "chew the reins out" at the trot * Lengthened stride at trot * Ability to ride USEF Training level test 3
Jumping: * Cantering at speed (200 & 250 meters/minute) * Hand gallop * Single verticals to 2'-6"; spreads and grids to 2'-3" * Trot in and out of vertical to 2'-6" * Single cross-country fences to 2'-6" * Small courses to 2'-3" (trot without cantering and canter without trotting) * Figure eight and zigzag courses
Unmounted: * Trailer loading/unloading * Rules for showing * The Scales of Training
Additional skills to be introduced & practiced...
Dressage: * More complicated schooling figures * Shoulder-fore on the circle * Change of canter lead through trot * Walk-canter and canter-walk transitions * Lengthened canter * 15 meter canter circles * Shallow loop down long side at canter - no change of lead * Aids: Rein back * Basic principles of lunging horse and rider
Jumping: * Spreads and grids to 2'-6" * Small courses to 2'-6" * Jumping 2'-6" cross country fences in series
Unmounted: * Evaluating lameness * Basic first aid for horses * Unsoundness and blemishes * Preventive Hoof Care * Common health problems * Parasites