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IRISH PONY CLUB STANDARDS OF EFFICIENCY TEST SHEET 2010
To be able to show how to ride your pony in a confident, balanced position and in an even pace.
To be working towards developing a balanced position.
To understand basic aids and how to use them.
To ride in a confident and capable manner.
Mount using mounting block or leg-up if required.
Hold and shorten the reins correctly and carry a whip in either hand.
Be able to walk on a long rein.
To be able to control a quiet pony in company, on the roads and in the countryside.
Walk without stirrups.
Show use of natural aid to control your pony.
Simple turns and circles in walk and trot.
Be able to canter.
Ride up and down hills in walk.
Ride over a single pole and very small fence.
To know on which side of the road you should ride.
To understand a simple Junior Road Rider code.
How to ride along a road, cross a road and say 'thank you', and how to signal to turn right or left.
To know it is safer to ride on the road with adults or parents.
To show an awareness of dangers when riding on the road, understanding what is likely to frighten a pony or cause him to slip.
To understand how to ride with a friend whilst on the road.
Recognise the dangers to ponies from cars and other traffic.
Know the basic needs of and care for a pony living in a field.
Put on a saddle and bridle with assistance.
Be able to tell if saddle & bridle are fitting correctly..
Know how to clean and care for saddlery.
Catching a pony and turn it away in the field.
Lead a pony in hand at walk and trot, and turn correctly.
Tie up a pony correctly.
Names and uses of grooming kit.
Recognise if pony needs shoeing.
Pick up and pick out feet.
Points of the pony, colours and markings.
Be able to recognise turn-out rugs/cooler rugs/ and a night rug.
Basic signs of good health in your pony.
The following sections in 'The Manual of Horsemanship':
Points of the Pony.
Colours and markings.
Care and working a pony off grass.
Putting on a saddle.
Putting on a bridle.
To tie up correctly.
Care of saddlery.
Aids (Omit gallop and rein-back).
The Pony Club Publication 'Junior Road Rider'
The Pony Club Stablemanagement Series
Minimum age 10 (in year of the test). Disc Colour - White