Week one of this course is the same as SS 155 and will introduce the student to the basic concepts of riding and handling a horse. These basic techniques must be mastered before the student can move on to any advanced courses in rough weather or difficult terrain. Subjects will address animal configuration and maintenance to include basic animal first aid, how to inspect the animal before saddling, saddles and the different equipment used to ride, animal handling and movement techniques. This course is conducted in both the classroom and field environment in daylight hours and moderate terrain. Students spend as much time as possible with and around the horses in order to build confidence and gain riding experience. The second week will focus on the further application of the basic techniques and, specifically, how to ride across country in different types of terrain. Considerations will be discussed for riding at different altitudes and terrain will be presented along with the equipment and training necessary to do so as a team. However, this is an introduction and additional courses focusing on specific types of terrain, climate and weather will follow and will be tailored to meet specific requirements. The last five days of the course will be spent in the field establishing night camps and moving from point to point. Teambuilding is also built into the course stressing team work. This course is not intended to make experts of the students but to introduce them to the basic concepts of horsemanship along with team building exercises that will improve both personal and team confidence.