Pony Club Theory

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SOME INTERESTING PAGES THAT MAY HELP YOU

WITH YOUR PONY CLUB TESTS

POINTS OF A HORSE:

 

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PARTS OF A HOOF:

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PARTS OF A BRIDLE:

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PARTS OF A SADDLE:

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after riding procedure

 

E = Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2012

Recommended Minimum Age: 4+

General

The Test may be taken on or off the lead rein.

Objective

  • To improve and enjoy learning about ponies
  • To be happy both on and around ponies
  • To know the basic points of the pony

Riding

  • To be able to sit on a pony in halt and at walk
  • To be able to hold the reins
  • With help, carry out physical exercises such as:
    • Touch parts of the pony, mane, neck, tail etc
    • To be to able to ride pony away from assessor at walk, turn round a cone and go back to the assessor
    • To be able to show trot (rising is not necessary) on the leading rein
    • To be able to stop at a designated point and say ‘thank you’

Pony Care*

  • To know the name and colour of the pony they are riding
  • To recognise:
    • Saddle
    • Bridle
    • Mane
    • Tail
    • Ears
    • Eyes
    • Mouth
    • Legs
    • Hooves
  • To be able to feed the pony a carrot correctly

*NB: Pony Care section must be accompanied by an adult helper

Look at

  • Pony Sticker Books 1, 2 & 3
  • Colour & Learn
  • Native Ponies Colouring Book
  • Trace, Copy and Colour
  • Pony Guide File

To be followed by The Pony Club Bronze Award 3, 2 & 1

Felt colour: Pale Yellow

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BRONZE AWARD 3

OBJECTIVES
To start to learn about riding ponies. 
Begin handling ponies and start to become confident around them.

RIDING AND ROAD SENSE
Mount by receiving a leg up 
Dismount 
Sit in a safe and reasonably secure position in the saddle. 
Hold the reins correctly. 
Ride from halt to walk and from walk to halt in a straight line. Either on or off the leading rein. 
Know the pony must stand still while being mounted. 
Know not to get too close to other ponies. 
Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
Know on which side of the road you should ride. 


HORSEMASTERSHIP

Know how to approach a pony and give him a pat. 
Be able to untie a pony. 
Remove the headcollar. 
Know some colours of ponies. 
Be able to check if the girth is loose before mounting. 
Be able to pull down the stirrups before mounting

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BRONZE AWARD 2

OBJECTIVES
Learn to have control when riding off the lead rein. 
Start to understand how to care for ponies.

RIDING AND ROAD SENSE
Be able to pass the previous test 
Mount and dismount from a mounting block. 
Sit in a safe and reasonably secure position in the saddle. 
Lengthen and shorten reins 
Ride off the lead rein. 
Ride from halt to walk and from walk to halt in a straight line off the leading rein. 
Make turns left and right in walk following instructions. 
Be able to make the pony stand still while being mounted. 
Know how to keep a safe distance when riding in a ride. 
Know not to get too close to the pony in front. 
Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
Know on which side of the road you should ride. 
Understand a simple green cross code.

HORSEMASTERSHIP
Be able to pass the previous test 
Be able to put on a headcollar in the stable. 
Be able to tie up a pony correctly. 
Know the parts of the pony’s body. 
Be able to remove the saddle and put it away correctly. 
Know that water must always be available.

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BRONZE AWARD 1

OBJECTIVES
Make controlled transitions 
Ride independently from the rest of the ride. 
Start to be actively involved in the care of ponies. 


RIDING AND ROAD SENSE

Be able to pass the previous tests 
Mount and dismount from a mounting block and receive a leg up from either side. 
Sit straight and balanced in the saddle. 
Lengthen and shorten stirrups before mounting. 
Check girth before and while mounted. 
Ride in rising trot. 
Upward and downward transitions: 
Halt to walk 
Walk to trot 
Trot to walk 
Walk to halt. 
Make changes of rein and circles in walk. 
Simple exercises 
Know how the pony positions his feet when he halts square. 
Be able to ride exercises independently. 
Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
Know on which side of the road you should ride. 
Understand a simple green cross code. 
Know how to ride along a road, cross a road, and say ‘thank you’.

HORSEMASTERSHIP
Be able to pass the previous tests 
Approach and handle a pony correctly. 
Catch a pony in the field and put on a headcollar or halter. 
Lead a pony in a headcollar. 
Name simple points of the pony. 
Be able to take off a bridle and hang it up. 
Know two types of food ponies eat.

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D  = Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2010

General

The Efficiency Tests provide a staircase of knowledge and progression when taken in sequence.
The Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge is a prerequisite before taking the D Test.

Objective

  • To have a basic understanding of ponies.
  • To achieve confidence in handling and riding a pony.
  • To improve and enjoy learning about ponies.
  • To hold more Mini Achievement Badges.

Riding

  • Mount and dismount.
  • Understand and show a correct position in the saddle at halt.
  • Be able to hold the reins correctly.
  • Be able to ride a quiet pony safely, in an enclosed area without the leading rein, in walk and trot.

Pony Care

  • Approach and handle a pony correctly.
  • Know basic needs of a pony in summer and winter.
  • Catch a pony and put on a headcollar.
  • Proper way to give a pony an apple or carrot.
  • Lead a pony in hand in walk and turn correctly.
  • Tie up correctly.
  • Name simple points of the pony.
  • Name different parts of saddle and bridle.
  • Recognise a dandy brush and rubber curry comb.

Read

  • Keeping a Pony at Grass
  • ‘The Manual of Horsemanship’ - read the sections below:
    • Points of the horse
    • Mount and dismount (Omit: to dismount using the stirrup)
    • The correct length of stirrup
    • The position of the rider in the saddle
    • Holding single reins
    • Handling a horse
    • Fitting a headcollar
    • Leading and showing in hand
    • The parts of a saddle
    • The parts of a snaffle bridle
    • Putting on a saddle and bridle

View

  • Dvds: Stable Management Series (Handling and Leading, Health and Condition)

Felt Colour: Yellow

 

 

 
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