PREPPING
Set up
Did I set things up in proper order?
Did I forget anything I needed?
Did I hang the bit in the sun (cold weather)?
Did I drop anything?
Getting the Horse
Did I check my horse tip sheet so I knew where to get my horse?
Did I correctly secure the horse to the hitch rail - either loop or ask for help to high tie if needed?
Grooming
Did I remember to brush/comb the horse first?
Did I remember which brush/comb to use?
Did I do a good job?
Did I have help?
Tack up - western saddle
Did I get the thin blanket on correctly and in the right place on the horse?
Did I get the pad on correctly and in the right place?
Did I remember to fix my saddle before putting it on?
Did I put the saddle in the correct place on the horse?
On the horse's right side, did I straighten out the cinch and get it measured correctly the first time?
Before going back to the left side, did I make sure the cinch was locked and the end properly stored?
Did I tighten the cinch by myself or did I have help?
Tack up - putting on the bridle
Did I remember to get bridle and reins before taking off halter?
Did I remember to check the bit temperature (cold weather) and warm the bit if needed before taking off the halter?
Did I remember to untie the horse and put lead rope on the neck before taking off the halter?
Did I buckle the halter around horse's neck?                   
Was I able to put the bridle on without any help?            
Did I support the bit so it did not bang the horse's teeth?
Did I put the reins on the bit before taking the halter off the horse?
Did I hang the halter up without dropping it in the dirt?
Getting out of the barn                                              
Considering the number of horses in the barn, did I remember how to take my horse out safely?
If I had to back out, did I do it slowly so the horse was comfortable?
Leading the horse to the arena
Was I in correct leading position?
Was I on the correct side of the horse?
Did I make sure the horse wasn't walking into any obstacle?
In the arena
Did I park at the correct stool?
Did I park so the stool was right by me?
Did I have my horse looking at the fence?
Did I remember to tighten my cinch or did I have to be told?
Did I remember to lock my cinch?
Did I remember to adjust my stirrups to the correct length?
Getting on
Did I have someone standing at the horse's head?
Did I remember to gather my reins before getting up?
Did I remember which foot went into the stirrup?
Leaving the rail
Did I remember to turn the horse so it wouldn't walk over a person or stool?

RIDING
Did I warm my horse up properly?
Did I use my imagination to challenge my horse?
Did I work on skills I need to improve?
Did I listen to my horse?
Did I communicate to my horse in language he could understand and was comfortable with or did I 'yell' at him by being too heavy with
my commands?
Did I feel in control part of the ride or all of the ride?          
Did we do what I wanted to do or what he wanted to do?
What new skill or skills did I work on?
What old skills did I work on and improve?
Basics Check List                                                      
Was I able to steer without a fight?
Was I able to keep my horse out of the quit corner?
Was I able to stop and have the horse stand still until I asked him to go?
Did I talk to him (not just commands) all during the ride?
When I came up behind a horse did I make sure to turn my horse so it didn't get too close?
Did I give proper space between me and the other riders when I passed them?
Did I pass correctly?
When I reversed, did I turn to the inside (middle of arena - away from the fence) of the arena?
When I came close to another horse did I find a way to keep going or did I stop?
At the end of the ride, did I park my horse in the proper slot to go into the barn?
When the ride ended, did I bring my horse straight in to dismount?
Before I got off, did I make sure that my clothing would not get caught on the saddle?
FINISHING
At the Arena
Did I get into proper leading position?
Did I wait until I was told it was okay to go to the barn?
Did I make sure not to lead the horse into any obstacle?
In the Barn
Did I bring my horse in so there was room for the others?
If he came in crooked, did I fix it right away or was I reminded?
Untacking
Did I put the rope and halter on BEFORE taking off the bridle?
Did I remember to hold the headstall with the right hand and the bit with the left as I took off the bridle?
Did I remember to use my left hand to help the nose piece of the halter onto the face while pulling up the halter strap with my right
hand?                                                     
Did I correctly secure the horse to the hitch rail - either loop or ask for help to high tie if needed?
If there was extra equipment on the saddle like a whip or side straps, did I take these off first?
Was I able to undo the latigo, let it out of the cinch ring as I have been shown and store it in the saddle ring properly?
Did I remember to go to the horse's right side and put up the cinch and stirrup before taking off the saddle?
Did I take the saddle off the horse's left side without causing the pad and blanket to slip?
Did I take the pad off without causing the blanket to slip?
Did I remember to brush the horse on both sides?
Did I give him treats?
Putting Horse Away
Did I get into the proper leading position?
Did I get my horse out of the barn safely for the number that was in there?
If I had to back out, did I do it slowly so the horse was comfortable?
Did I make sure the pen gate was open wide enough for the horse?
After taking the horse into the pen, did I remember to go to the end of my leadline, hold on and close the gate?
Did I remember to turn the horse away from the gate before taking off the halter?
Did I remember to chain the gate shut after coming out?
Putting Tack Away
Did I remember to buckle the halter and hang it up from the center of the buckled strap with the rope over it?
Did I remember to put the thin blanket on the red rail spread out properly to dry?
Did I put my pad back on a green rail or a black rail?
Did I fix my saddle properly for storage with cinch and stirrup hanging down?
Did I unsnap the reins while my bridle was hanging on my work hook so they wouldn't drop into the dirt?                      
Did I snap the snaps together before hanging my reins up?
Did I hang the bridle on a green horseshoe?
Did I put grooming equipment back into the proper pockets?
Did I leave the grooming tote under the pockets?
Did I put the horse tip sheet away with the name up so the next person can find it?
Putting Away Helmet and Boots
Did I remember to open my helmet box BEFORE putting in my helmet?
Did I gently set my helmet in the box, shut the box and put it on the shelf?
Did I take the boots off properly?
Did I put the plastic in the boots and put them on the shelf?

SAFETY REVIEW

Did I remember to talk EVERY TIME I went around the horse?
Did I talk to the horse all the time I was grooming?
Did I talk to the horse all the time I was tacking up?
Did I talk to the horse all the time I was riding?
Did I talk to the horse all the time I was untacking?
Did I talk to the horse as I was putting it away?

NRG REVIEW

Did I come in Horse NRG?
Did I let anything frustrate me or make me mad?
Did I think or say "I can't"?
Did I forget things?
Did I try ALL THE TIME?
Was I respectful when I answered people?

The NRG Program considers all elements in this evaluation as you work toward the certificate. This is how you apply Horse NRG.
©Wendy Toombs 2013
EVALUATING MY LESSON          
Personally I think it is good to evaluate your lesson. This inventory will work for all of us. For the NRG
tracking, the entire lesson needs to be looked at. If we forget things and have to be reminded for example,
that interferes with the NRG we need in order to work with/ride our horse. As we finish the time here we
need to consider the horse in the after care and also the next student as we put our equipment and supplies
away.