Long Lining – Part 1

Welcome to the Long Lining course – Part 1!

This, Part One, is going to introduce you to the concept – the three main types of long lining, the tack and equipment that you need, and how to use it.

A huge part of successful long lining comes from your body position in relation to the horse, where you are looking, whether you are driving the horse from behind or blocking his shoulders.  What to do when it goes wrong, at what point can you begin again.

It also covers how to introduce the new horse to long lines, covering the simple steps with the lovely Betty.  Finally, we run through a few simple exercises to get you and your horse going.

Once you have completed this, it will give you a clearer idea of what it is all about, what you need to buy, and where to start.

There are 6 sections – an introduction into long lining, meet the stars, tack and equipment, body position, getting started, and a long lining session.  You will need to work through them step by step, marking each as complete as you go.

There are two options with this course, and you have the choice at the end – the basic course is simply to read through this information, and off you go…  If you get to the end and want help with your sessions, you can add on a virtual lesson – film yourself working your horse online, upload it and send me the link.  I’ll watch and comment, helping you to notice where you had things working smoothly, what could help, what went wrong and how to trouble shoot in the future.  You get three virtual video lessons – so you can video, read and watch my reply, try again, and repeat one more time.  Three times to get things working and by then you and your horse should be good to go.

Monthly Theory Lessons

If you are enrolled on our enhanced or ultimate membership packages then you have access to our monthly theory lessons.  Each month I’ll be posting a new lesson which will delve into the depths of something I teach in my actual classes, such as straightness.

By explaining in a clear, logical way the step by step basics of a subject, a lot of information that we instructors presuppose becomes clearer, which will help immensely when you are then actually riding.

Level Two Stable Management

Level Two Stable Management Course

Level two is stepping up a gear in being safe and practical around horses. During level one you will need to be supervised at all times while you are around the yard and horses, but once you are working on level two, you should be able to do some tasks by yourself, even though there should still be people on the yard with you.

Level two covers Pony Club D test to Pony Club D+ test. Check out How the Tests Fit Together.

Level 2 Stable Management includes:-
  • Know how to approach a horse in a box or stall, and be aware of safety around horses.
  • Put on and fit a head collar.
  • Tie a quick release knot.
  • Be able to make the pony stand still from the ground.
  • Lead a pony in hand in walk and trot and turn him correctly, in a headcollar or a bridle
  • Describe/demonstrate the safe method used when releasing a horse into a field.
  • Describe/ demonstrate the safe method for catching a horse in a field.
  • Know and point to 10 parts of the horse.
  • Know the colours of the horse and point out 5 different colours on your yard.
  • Recognise different markings on the face.
  • Recognise different markings on the legs and body .
  • Name all the types of native ponies.
  • Name 5 articles of the grooming kit and know their uses.
  • Know how to brush off a pony with a dandy brush.
  • Be able to pick up and clean out the pony’s feet and know what to look for.
  • Demonstrate how to brush off a pony before exercise.
Know how to use the body brush on the pony’s face, mane and tail.
  • Name different parts of a saddle and bridle.
  • Put on and fit a bridle i.e. show the correct measurements for the throat lash, brow band and noseband.
  • Fit a variety of nosebands (at least 3) and know how high the bit should be in the horse’s mouth.
  • Know the uses of and demonstrate how to put on a standing and running martingale.
  • Put on a saddle, know if it fits.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different types of girth. If possible find some different ones in your yard, or find pictures of them.
  • Know how to prepare a saddled and bridled horse to lead in hand.
  • Be able to tighten the girth at halt with assistance.
Untack a horse and demonstrate how to take the tack safely back to the tack room, wash the bit and hang up bridle, store saddle on a saddle rack.
  • Know what to do to a horse’s back after riding and why. Explain what problems you would look for.
  • Be able to stand the saddle on the ground correctly.
  • Return a tacked up horse to the stable and leave him tacked up in a safe and comfortable state.
  • Clean a set of tack and be able to explain and demonstrate what to look for when checking tack. This will entail stripping a set of tack and putting it back in its original state. (Daily bit washing, importance of clean girths, numnahs and saddle cloths).
  • Know how to put rugs on and off, and prevent horses from getting cold whilst tacking up/grooming.
  • Recognise stable, sweat and turn out rugs and rugs suitable for travel and hot sweaty ponies.
  • Know basic needs of a pony in summer and winter. Why they need shelter, water and food.
  • Recognise when a pony is unwell.
Know the difference between good and bad fences.
Know how to provide water in a field.
  • Know how to give hay in the field to several ponies.
  • Recognise some poisonous plants.
Discuss and name at least 5 things to check before using a field for horses.
  • Know how to check a pony at grass.
  • To have some knowledge of care and working a pony at grass.
  • Name and recognise three types of bedding.
  • Be able to give a pony an apple or carrot correctly.
  • Be able to name the types of food that ponies eat.
  • Recognise basic feedstuffs hay, nuts, bran, sugar beet, chaff.
  • Tie up a haynet.


Level One Stable Management Course

Level One Stable Management Course

Level one starts at the very beginning and works its way up to Pony Club D test.

It covers other tests along the way.

Check out “How the Tests Fit Together”.

Level One Stable Management includes
  • Approach and handle a pony correctly, in a field, or stable and give him a pat.
  • The importance of voice.
  • Know what a head collar is and be able to put one on in a stable
  • Able to tie a pony up correctly with a quick release knot and untie the pony
  • Catch a pony in a paddock and put on a headcollar
  • Lead a pony in a headcollar correctly at walk, starting, stopping and turning
  • Remove the headcollar
  • Lead a pony in a bridle
  • Be able to turn a pony out in a paddock
  • Know how to stay safe around ponies
  • Show some understanding of a pony’s behaviour and body language
  • Know the correct way to feed a pony a treat
  • Know how and when to reward a pony
  • Name simple points of the pony (minimum 6), including mane, tail, ears, eyes, mouth, legs, hooves
  • Know some colours and 3 different markings
  • Recognise a saddle and bridle
  • Know simple points of the saddle and bridle (6 of each)
  • Put on a simple bridle and saddle
  • Remove a saddle and put it away
  • Remove a bridle and hang it up
  • Know the basic needs of a pony in summer and winter, such as food, water, shelter and grooming
  • Know that water should always be available and how
  • Recognise some simple feed
  • Recognise simple parts of the grooming kit and show how to use them, e.g. dandy brush and curry comb
  • Pick up the ponies hooves and use of hoof pick


How to work through the course

Read through the module notes. Each module starts with what is covered in the lesson and goes through each subject, step by step.

Some have photographs on the page. If there is no photograph, go to the glossary of words used, there are photographs for each word there.

Once you have read the notes and looked at the photographs you should be ready to take the test for that module. Open the test and follow the instructions. All tests are set at 100% correct answers to pass. These tests are not difficult and are designed to double check your understanding of the subject.

Once you have gone through all the modules and passed all the tests, there is a final exam including a video. For this, you will need to go out and do some tasks with a pony, and upload the video following the instructions. This video will be reviewed and you will receive feedback.

Once you have gone through all the modules and passed all the tests, there is a final exam including a video. For this, you will need to go out and do some tasks with a pony, and upload the video following the instructions. This video will be reviewed and you will receive feedback.

After this is done to a high enough standard, you will receive your Kuda Guru certification and are ready to move on to the next level. At this point, you would be prepared to go and sit one of the practical tests listed.