The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship (Book 2-C Level)

Intermediate Horsemanship / C Level

Susan E. Harris



Updated and enhanced information, including the most recent topics for the Pony Club curriculum

Whether you're a member of the United States Pony Club who has achieved the D Level certificates or simply a rider who has mastered the same basic skills, this manual enables you to increase your skills and teaches you what you need to know in order to ride independently and correctly with good position, balance, and use of the aids on the flat, over fences, and in the open.

This manual teaches you not only how to care for and manage your horse, but also the skills needed for conditioning and preparing your horse and yourself for competitions and special events. Features new to this Second Edition include:

  • New and revised coverage of land conservation and horse health and safety
  • Better organization for ease of reference
  • Updates of critical developments in riding, instruction, and competition
  • In-depth revision of nutrition and veterinary topics

From the C Level, you may go on to higher Pony Club certifications, such as the B or A Rating, or specialize in such disciplines as dressage, show jumping, and eventing. Or you may just want the pleasure of caring for your horse and participating in your favorite riding activities. Either way, The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Intermediate Horsemanship/C1-C2 Level will give you an excellent basis in horsemanship for the lifelong enjoyment of horses and horse sports.

Additional Information

Author: Susan E. Harris

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 368


ISBN: 9781118133491

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.