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Double checking girth fit is a solid safety skill! 


"The girth has to be tight, so your saddle doesn't slide down, but not so tight that I can't breath." 


(We'll remind Lucy that the horse wears

the girth! )                   

Lucy, 11 LTR 3

Level Description

Join this level if you can catch, halter, lead, groom, mount, ride at walk, trot without assistance (canter with help) from a Key Leader.


Skill Sets: 1, 2

The goal of this level and the 2 Skill Sets is to consolidate the basic skills of LTR 2 and develop increased bonding with the horse to establish a higher degree of trust with the horse and in oneself.

The LTR 3 program focuses on inspiring increased commitment to equestrian activities, introduces independent decision making and more advanced horsemanship training. The goals of the lessons are to develop riding motor skills and communicating with horses.


The rider learns to be proud of their accomplishments, have fun with peers, make new friends with horses and people and to share who they are with one another.


Riders will be taught the PTE Level 2 set of Horsemanship and Horse Husbandry Skills both on and off the horse.

Horse Requirements: 

Clip Clop provides safe, sound and reliable, child-friendly, horses for this level, or riders may use their own horse (purchased or leased) and receive a reduced fee for the horsemanship lessons. 

If you are interested in the lease or purchase of a horse - please contact our office.


4-week months: $380.00/session

Horseback Riding: Learn to Ride 3
Skill Sets 1, 2, 3

Learning Assistants:  LA's are onsite but riders at this level have advanced to LTR3 because they have demonstrated the skill sets to perform the skills without a LA.

Click here to go back to the "Select Your Rider's Level" page if this level doesn't feel quite right.


The horsemanship  session is

1 hr. and 50 minutes (almost 2 hours) and is a combination of the entire process of riding including grooming/tacking up/untacking/and the riding lesson.

Riders may or may not groom/tack up/untack the horse they are riding due to scheduling of horses and riders.

We do our level best to provide this opportunity to all riders but due to the logistics of certain classes and riders it is not always possible.

Plan for 1 hour 50 min.

Attire (Riding Equipment)

Riders are required to purchase their own riding gear for safety, hygienic and comfort reasons.

See “Dress Code” in the Riding Lessons Information Package sent via email upon completion of registration for complete information on cost, vendors, and items.

The Dress Code also describes correct preparation of hair which is important because correctly prepared hair is the basis for a correctly fitting helmet.


Additionally, loose hair obscures vision and distracts the riding causing a safety concern.

Key Leadership Program

Riders at this level are ready to join the Key Leadership Program where riders continue their loving and learning about horses while helping others and receiving a discount towards their horsemanship lessons!​


Check out the Key Leadership Program Page!


2024-25 LTR 3



5:45 - 7:35 pm

7:25 - 9:15 pm


7:25 - 9:15 pm


4:55 - 6:45 pm


3:45 - 5:35 pm




5:45 - 7:35 pm

A Solid Foundation is the KEY and it's Our Promise to YOU.

Our promise to you is to teach your rider a solid foundation of horsemanship; to love, ride and care for horses in a safe and professional stables. 

Through horses your rider will learn about responsibility, empathy, personal power, resilience, fitness and specialized horsemanship skills as they experience our Learn to Ride and Growth Track programs.

Building a Solid Foundation in Horsemanship


Basic horse skills learned off and on the horse that are necessary for a solid foundation.


Basic personal skills learned through horsemanship that are vital to success in life.


On-Horse Skills:

Are horsemanship skills learned through the direct contact with the horse riding and ground training.

Grooming, tacking up, and leading are examples.

Off-Horse Skills:

Are horsemanship skills learned dismounted and not in direct contact with the horse. 

Horse parts, breeds and colors are examples.

Class Description and
& Age

Clip Clop's riding lesson curriculum is based on The Passport to Excellence (PTE) in Horsemanship program which is a planned progression of horse handling, horse husbandry and riding skills, with an emphasis on SAFETY, EDUCATION and FUN. These skills combine to create a solid foundation for the young horse person.


Categorizing riders by age in the sport of riding can be tricky. Riding is an individual sport, the horses are individuals and the riders are individuals.


Each one of these individuals is characterized by their size, personality, exposure, training, and comfort level with risk.


All of these - and many more- transcend age boundaries, making categorizing riders by age alone an insufficient means of assessment.


Our goal is that each rider feels confident, safe, and that they have a sense of support and belonging in our program while progressing through the levels at their own individual pace.

Go to Step 3 here
Register your rider.
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