WSU Syllabus

The new semester has begun.  If you need to change your riding time, we have lots of available class choices.  Call Joan or Jill at 316-838-7846  or 316-207-9513 for clarification.



OFFICE:  2100 E. 45TH N.  WICHITA, KS  67219
PHONE:  316-838-7846


People from all around the world ride horses and always have.  They ride for many

and various reasons.  Some ride because their work or their business requires it.  Ranchers, jockeys, police, soldiers, horsemanship instructors, horse trainers, etc.  Others ride for enjoyment.  They have a passion for horses and everything about them.  They love being around these wonderful animals and want to learn all about them.  They are people like you.

Whatever your reason for joining this class, you will be able to gain or further basic skills in horsemanship.


  • Basic safety rules.
  • Basic care of the horse:  grooming, stall maintenance, nutrition, etc.
  • Tacking up:  stock seat – hunt seat – saddle seat
  • Riding basics:  walk, trot, canter (as ability allows)
  • Equipment:  care of tack
  • Other:  as interests dictate and as time permits.


All students will not progress at the same rate for any given task, because each individual is different and has different abilities and strengths.  This is to be expected and does not affect grade points.  For example, a very athletic student may be able to easily master trotting and posting skills, while someone else might only master those same skills after much more effort.  The amount of effort given and the enthusiasm for the task is of major importance in any grade consideration.

Skills are taught and information is given based on the kind of class and the level of abilities.  In any case each class will introduce the skill to be learned with the appropriate demonstration or explanation for the students.  Since many horsemanship skills are learned only through practice, practice, practice, there will be much repetition.  Each student will ride at each class.  Each student will have his own horse at each class.  Since it is our contention that an experienced rider only becomes an experienced rider by riding many different kinds of horses, the student should not expect to ride the same horse each time.  Students will learn to get the horse, groom the horse, tack up the horse, mount and ride the horse, perform skills appropriate for the level of the rider, dismount and untack the horse, groom the horse again and put the horse and equipment away.

Grades will be based on the active participation of the students in all of the above activities.  There will also be an opportunity to amass grade points by arranging for extra credit points.  These opportunities will be outside of regular class time.  If it is not possible for a student to attend class at the regular time scheduled for that class, special arrangements can be made to accommodate that student.

House rules will be discussed at the first meeting of the class.

Meeting times for the classes are flexible, and this instructor will arrange with any given class for customizes time arrangements, eg. Longer classes, ergo, fewer meetings – daytime classes or evening classes, etc.

Definition and Assignment of Credit Hours.

This one-credit hour class involves instructional class time equivalent to 100 minutes per week.  Additionally, it is expected that students will participate for one hour per week in a self-directed activity (eg. reading, physical activity) that supports classroom work.


 500 points are possible during each semester.  These points include the following:

  • 200 points for attendance
  • 100 points for testing (verbal & demonstrations)
  • 200 points for participation & effort

A = 90%   450 to 500
B = 80%   400 to 450
C = 70%   350 to 400
D = 60%   000 to 300

Extra credit points up to 100 will be possible during the semester by arrangement with the instructor.


To ride safely and comfortably, the student needs to dress appropriately.  Long pants are required and boots are recommended.  Riding helmets are required.  The student may have his own helmet, but if not Singletree has helmets available.

Since horseback riding is an outdoor activity or an indoor activity without heat, the student should dress appropriately, as required by the weather.  Check with Singletree on days when the temperatures are extremely low. Class could be canceled in case of extreme cold weather conditions.  (838-7846)  or (207-9513)


 In order to participate in this class, each student must read and sign the Agreement to Participate in Horsemanship form, which is required by WSU.  He or she must also read and sign the Singletree Stables, Inc liability release form.

In case of injury, the instructor will follow the guidelines outlined in the PEAP Instructor Manual under Section III, Item 14. Dealing with Medical Emergency.   If any student who enrolls in this class has any physical or emotional disability, he or she must disclose the nature of that disability to the instructor at Singletree in order to make any determinations as to the ability of that student to participate in that class and/ or to arrange for proper accommodations for that student.