AYHC Youth Leader Manual CD version

AYHC Youth Leader Manual CD version
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The Youth Leader now on CD, in printable PDF format.

A project of the American Youth Horse Council, this book is indispensable to the leader or any equine instructor. Filled with 60 lesson plans on three skill levels to teach responsible horse care and valuable life skills to all breeds and disciplines.

This manual is designed to help horse leaders provide an enjoyable, fun and interesting experience for youth to learn about horses. Each worksheet corresponds to one or more fact sheet(s) in the Horse Industry Handbook. Therefore, leaders are encouraged to use the Horse Industry Handbook as a companion resource. This manual also provides the vehicle to teach young people valuable life skills.

The objectives of this manual are as follows:

  1. Learn and apply principles of horse science.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of sound breeding, feed, and management practices.
  3. Learn to use accepted practices for mental, physical and emotional health, and to respect yourself and others.
  4. Develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for lifelong learning.
  5. Develop integrity, decision-making capability, and public speaking skills through participation in demonstrations, tours and evaluation.
  6. Learn the value of scientific research and its influence upon horses.
  7. Explore career opportunities, jobs and productive leisure activities.

The Youth Leader Manual can aid in the development of youth to become contributing, productive members of society. Youth can reach this goal when the life skills in this manual are developed and applied.

  • Positive self-concept
  • Sound decision-making
  • Desire for life-long learning
  • Strong interpersonal relationships

The “Sharing your knowledge” section will lead the group through the experimental learning process.


Leaders can best achieve the desired outcomes when they are well prepared and understand how to create a stimulating learning environment for all age levels. These worksheets and lesson plans were developed to target three general age groups:

  • Beginning - ages 9 - 12
  • Intermediate - ages 13 - 15
  • Advanced - ages 16 – 19

It should be understood that levels are designed to correspond with the skill level of each youth. Thus, a 14-year-old youth starting for the first time should probably begin with lessons in the Beginning level, and not start with the intermediate until the young person has mastered some basic knowledge and skills.