Equestrian Skills

Work with an equestrian trainer, care for horses, improve your riding skills and participate in horse shows.


  • Essential Question: How can I meet the Physical Education requirement through horseback riding?
  • Area of study: Physical Education
  • Type and amount of credit earned: Full year, one credit
  • Community partner: Professional equestrian trainer


  • Psychomotor – demonstrate motor skills and movement patterns
  • Cognitive – apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics
  • Affective – exhibit responsible personal and social behavior
  • Physical fitness – recognize the value of physical activity

See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.

Student activities

  • Care for and ride horses at least three times a week.
  • Work regularly with trainer to learn and practice habits and exercises to prepare for horse shows.
  • Research the correlation between the healthy dietary needs of a horse and the importance of a healthy rider.
  • Research the health benefits of horseback riding and its relation to physical education.
  • Write biweekly journal entries with a concentration on the four competency areas.


  • Biweekly updates with ELO Coordinator
  • Formative journal writings
  • Informal online assessment quizzes
  • Confirmation from the trainer that the student is a Junior Advanced Rider
  • Final presentation including research findings

More information

If you have the opportunity to attend a horse show, this would be most beneficial to view firsthand the students’ skills and techniques.

This ELO was submitted by Holly Londo, Extended Learning Coordinator, Raymond High School.  Email teacher for more information

June 2022