The Lesson Plan – Basic

This is the basic lesson plan template I always work from. It’s a good one!




Short & Long term Goals:

Objective of Lesson:  (include riding skill, action, measurement, conditions)

Teacher Preparation/ Equipment Needed:

Rider Horse Tack Leader SW 1 SW 2

Ring set up

(Draw arena setup)

Prep volunteers

1. Greet Student

2. Pre-lesson activities

3. Safety Check

4. Mount – order, type, assistance

5. Safety Check & Stirrups

6.  Warm up & Review

7. Safety Check

8.  Teach New Riding Skill

  • What
  • Why
  • How
  • Where

9.  Practice/Activity:

10. Progress

10. Cool Down and Wrap Up

11. Dismount – order, type, assistance

12. Have students thank volunteers and give their horses hugs!

13. Rest  if needed

Summary and Evaluation:

Progress Notes:  (for each student – reflecting the objective = outcomes)


Click here for explanations of each part of the lesson plan!

Alternate Lesson Plans

Click here for a more detailed version of the lesson plan with an eval sheet I use without instructors in training!

Alternate Template #1

  1. Mount
  2. Tack Check & Stirrups
  3. Quick Warm Up
  4. Game – work on steering and socializing
  5. Tack Check
  6. Trotting
  7. Steering Pattern – work on independence
  8. Dismount
  9. Treat

Alternate Template #2

  1. Transition
  2. Calm Down
  3. Relax & Stretch
  4. Review & Remember
  5. New Skill
  6. Practice, Figure it out
  7. Have Fun (Activity)
  8. Hugs & Bonding

How about you? What lesson plan format do you use?


Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgement!

4 thoughts on “The Lesson Plan – Basic

  1. With students with ASD, without sensory integration challenges, do you typically begin with a bareback pad and no stirrups or regular saddle with stirrups? Thanks!

  2. Good morning
    Your lesson plans are clear and easy to understand and I recommend everybody to consider these lesson plans. I learned alot from your website and I now have an idea on how to plan a riding lesson.

    I have a question to ask…A lesson plan on how to teach a novice rider to lead a experienced horse in-hand?

    Thank you and I would happily appreciate your response.

    • Thank you, I’m glad they have been helpful to you! As for a lesson plan to leading, I don’t have one on the site, but I will take that suggestion into consideration! I usually incorporate leading into the first 5 minutes of a lesson before mounting, if I am teaching it.

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