The United States Pony Clubs Manual of Horsemanship (Book 3-HB A Level)

Advanced Horsemanship / HB-A Levels

Susan E. Harris



This new edition includes updated and enhanced information on the most recent topics added to the Pony Club curriculum, including land conservation, horse health and safety, nutrition and veterinary topics, better organization for easy reference, and a full update of critical developments in riding, instruction, and competition.

This manual, the third of The United States Pony Club Manuals of Horsemanship, builds on the fundamentals covered in Basics for Beginners/D Level and Intermediate Horsemanship/C Level. Whether you are a Pony Clubber who has passed the C Level tests, a rider who has mastered the same skills, a riding instructor or a stable manager, this manual will enable you to increase your skills and teach you what you need to know to ride with correct, classical technique in advanced work on the flat, over fences, and in the open; to evaluate and school horses; to teach horsemanship; and to manage a stable efficiently.

Written for the North American horseman, this manual emphasizes sound fundamentals and classical methods based on knowledge of the horse and its systems. Whether you wish to compete in dressage, show jumping, combined training, or other horse sports; to train horses, teach riding, manage a stable, or simply enjoy horses and horsemastership at an advanced level, The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Advanced Horsemanship/B, HA, A Levels will give you a clear and understandable guide. The USPC B Level is for active Pony Clubbers or horsepersons who are interested in acquiring further knowledge and proficiency in all phases of riding and horse care. The A, the highest rating, is divided into two parts: the HA, which covers teaching, training, and stable management, and the A, which covers advanced riding and schooling of horses at all levels. Many A Level Pony Clubbers have gone on to qualify for the United States Equestrian Team in various disciplines.

Additional Information

Author: Susan E. Harris

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 648

Illustrations: Line drawings and diagrams

ISBN: 9781118133507

By Susan E. Harris

Susan E. Harris, international clinician, riding teacher, equestrian author, and artist from Cortland, New York, passed away on March 8, 2021. She taught all seats and styles of riding, and trained, showed, and prepared horses and riders for competition in many equestrian disciplines, including hunters, jumpers, dressage, equitation, eventing, western pleasure and performance, saddle seat, and the pleasure and versatility breeds. Susan directed 5-H Acres School of Horsemanship, a nationally accredited riding instructor school, for 10 years, taught college equine studies and physical education equitation courses, and was active in training and establishing certification standards for American riding instructors for decades, beginning in the 1970s. In 2004 she was honored as a Master Instructor by the American Riding Instructor Association.

A Senior Centered Riding Instructor and Clinician, Susan apprenticed with Sally Swift, the founder of Centered Riding®. She taught clinics in Centered Riding and in Horse Gaits, Balance, and Movement for instructors, trainers, judges, and riders of all levels and riding interests. Susan’s demonstrations, “Anatomy in Motion™: The Visible Horse”, in which she painted the bones and muscles on a live horse, and “Anatomy in Motion: The Visible Rider™” were popular attractions at equine expos and clinics across North America and around the world, including Equine Affaire, Equitana Australia,  American Quarter Horse Congress, the George Morris Horsemastership Clinic in Wellington, Florida, and others.

Susan Harris was the author and illustrator of popular horse books, including Horsemanship in Pictures; Horse Gaits, Balance, and Movement; Grooming to Win; the three U.S. Pony Club Manuals of Horsemanship; and the USPC Guides to Longeing, Bandaging, and Conformation. She wrote a regular column in EQUUS Magazine, “Commonsense Horsemanship with Susan Harris,” for years. With Peggy Brown, she produced two videos: Anatomy in Motion™ I: The Visible Horse and Anatomy in Motion II: The Visible Rider™. Susan designed the art for the Breyer Anatomy in Motion model horse and illustrated many popular horse books.

Susan’s study of equine and human anatomy and movement as an artist as well as an instructor, rider and trainer, gave her a unique perspective on how horses and riders balance and move together. Susan’s knowledge of horse gaits and movement and wide experience in various breeds and disciplines enabled her to help all kinds of riders and horses improve their balance, comfort, movement, and performance. Her friendly and positive teaching style and visual approach helped to make learning clear, understandable, and enjoyable for English and Western riders of all ages and levels, from 4-H, Pony Club, and pleasure riders, to instructors, trainers, and competitors.