Pony Club D+ Test

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  • This is a Test half way between ‘D' and ‘C'.
  • The Efficiency Tests provide a staircase of knowledge and progression when taken in sequence.


To be working towards developing a balanced seat independent of the reins.


  • Mount and dismount.
  • Know how to alter stirrups correctly when mounted.
  • Know how to check girths.
  • Sit correctly at the walk and be able to describe the correct position.
  • Hold the reins correctly and carry a whip in either hand.
  • Walk on a loose rein and shorten the reins.
  • Begin to demonstrate a balanced seat in trot and canter.
  • Count their pony's rhythm in trot.
  • Correct use of legs as aids.
  • Simple turns and circles in walk and trot.
  • Rising trot on either diagonal, change of diagonal.
  • Show a few strides of sitting trot through transitions.
  • Walk without stirrups.
  • Ride up and down hills in walk.
  • Ride over a single pole and very small fence.
  • To be able to control a quiet pony in company, on the roads and in the countryside.

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

  • To understand and describe the aids to halt, walk, trot, canter, and circles, and be able to apply them.
  • Give a simple definition of a pony working forwards.
  • Be able to explain rhythm evenness and regularity in trot.


  • To have some knowledge of care and working a pony at grass.
  • Put on a saddle, bridle and numnah (snaffle bridle only).
  • Have some knowledge of correctly fitting tack (noseband, throat lash, numnah).
  • Elementary care of saddlery (daily bit washing, importance of clean girths, numnahs and saddle cloths)
  • Catch a pony and turn it out in a field.
  • Lead a pony in hand at walk and trot and turn correctly.
  • Names and uses of essential grooming kit.
  • Show how tuse a dandy brush.
  • Pick up and pick out feet.
  • Points of the pony, colours and markings.
  • Be able to recognise Stable Rugs, Turn Out Rugs, and rugs suitable for travel and hot sweaty ponies.


  • Pony Guide File
  • Keeping a Pony at GrassGames, Gags & Guesses
  • Tricky Tests & Teasers
  • Posers & Puzzles
  • The Manual of Horsemanship read the sections below:
  • Points of the Pony
  • Colours and markings
  • Care and working a pony off grass
  • Putting on a saddle
  • Putting on a bridle
  • Unsaddling
  • Saddle fitting
  • Bridle fitting
  • To tie up correctly
  • Care of Saddlery
  • Grooming
  • Aids (Omit gallop and rein-back)
  • Jumping position
  • Wallchart: Points of the Horse

Recommended Minimum Age 10 years

Felt Colour: White