Pony Club C+ Test


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STANDARDS OF EFFICIENCY TEST SHEET 2010

GENERAL

  • The Efficiency Tests provide a staircase of knowledge and progression when taken in sequence.
  • Before taking the C+ Test, candidates must have passed the C Test, including the Road Rider Achievement Badge.
  • Riders may be required to change horses or ponies for some flat work.

OBJECTIVE

  • To become an educated and practical rider.
  • To ride over fences at all paces.
  • To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled pony and of a pony at grass.
  • To be capable of riding a well-mannered pony out hunting and in all Pony Club activities.
  • To ride intelligently and with due regard for others on the roads and in the country, and with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups.

RIDING

  • Working towards a supple, balanced position on the flat and over fences.
  • Comment on the suppleness of your own horse.
  • Discuss horses' response to the aids and any loss of balance.
  • Apply aids correctly for increase and decrease of pace, turns and circles.
  • Turns on the forehand from the halt.
  • Stand still. Salute.
  • Free walk on a long rein or with a loose rein.
  • Change of leg at canter through trot and talk about balance of the horse.
  • Know the aids for and show leg yielding at walk.
  • Ride with reins in one hand.
  • Ride up and down steep hills and banks.
  • Jump a variety of fences show jumping and cross country.
  • Jump up and down hill.
  • Identify which fence was jumped the best and why.
  • Jump doubles.

What you need to know: (This is likely to relate to the horse or pony you are riding)

  • Understand the reasons for the equipment the horse or pony is wearing.
  • Discuss the advantages of a correct position.
  • Name the Scales of Training.
  • Discuss whether the horse or pony is working forwards in a suitable rhythm and tempo.
  • Understand the meaning of suppleness in a horse or pony.
  • Know the sequence of legs at all paces.

HORSE & PONY CARE

  • Practical care and working of a pony off grass.
  • Knowledge of the care, feed and work of a stabled pony.
  • Know principles of watering and feeding.
  • Have knowledge of the different items of forage.
  • Understand the importance of roughage.
  • Recognise when to feed hay or haylage.
  • Know the articles of grooming kit and be able to use them effectively.
  • Know the structure of the horse's foot as shown in the manual.
  • Know the names of the farrier's tools.
  • Be able to name external parts of the foot.
  • Describe a hunter shoe.
  • Be able to fit a saddle and bridle.
  • Bits and their uses; snaffle, double jointed snaffles and the action of gags.
  • Prepare a horse for travel.
  • Load and unload safely.
  • Put on a stable bandage.
  • Know when a horse is lame.
  • Identify signs of illness.
  • Know the symptoms and reason for poor condition.
  • Know when to call the vet.
  • Be able to care for a wound until vet arrives.
  • Be able to put a poultice on a leg.

READ

  • The Manual of Horsemanship
  • Keeping a Pony at Grass
  • The Country Code - The Countryside Commission
  • Pony Guide File
  • Achievement Badge Buddies: Lorinery, Cleaning Tack
  • Equipment Safety Achievement Badge Syllabus

Recommended minimum age 14 years.

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