Parents Guide to C2
- Published: Wednesday, 27 November 2013 20:40
RIDING TEST EXPECTATIONS: Candidate should ride with confidence and control on the flat
and over fences, demonstrating a secure balanced position and progress toward an independent seat and coordinated use of aids. The candidate should begin to initiate free forward movement establishing balance and rhythm while developing a light contact.
HORSE MANAGEMENT EXPECTATIONS: The candidate should show a solid awareness of cause and effect in horse management skills. Assistance/supervision is allowed in the demonstration of bandaging, longeing, and loading mount.
STANDARDS OF PROFICIENCY
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., establishes Standards of Proficiency within the framework of the international Pony Club movement as the curriculum for a program of instruction and evaluation of its members for ratings.
RATING CHECK LIST 2008
This checklist is to be used as a tool for the clubs to guage the readiness of a candidate for a rating. The boxes should be checked off only when the candidate has successfully demonstrated competence at the necessary skill to a qualified instructor.
This prep outline has been prepared to help you cover the Horse Management aspects of the C-2 Test. The riding aspects are listed for your information and you may want to check off the skills as you accomplish them. The Horse Management area has plenty of space provided for you to fill in the answers. It is helpful for you to do this exercise because it not only gives you a great review format but it helps you organize your thoughts and put them on paper. This reinforces the knowledge and helps you verbalize your thoughts in the testing section. Please practice verbalizing your answers.
1. Attire to be correctly formal or informal, Pony Club pin, long hair neatly up or back, and no
2. Mount to be thoroughly groomed, reflecting regular care, with healthy coat and no sweat or dirt; mane
and tail brushed with no dandruff. Sheath or udder is to show regular care and cleansing. Feet are to
be picked, reflecting regular farrier care, and eyes, nose, lips, dock clean.
3. Tack is to be safe, clean and properly adjusted, reflecting regular care and conditioning with metal
polished and stress points clean. (No jockeys, dust or cracked leather present.)
4. Explain reasons for equipment used on own mount for flat work and over fences, and demonstrate
RIDING ON THE FLAT
1. Demonstrate warm-up for flat work including rider exercises. Discuss candidate’s warm-up for rider
2. Discuss warm-up schedule for three different activities of candidate’s choice.
3. Work mount at walk, trot and canter, changing directions at least twice in each gait, using
coordinated aids, maintaining even rhythm, balance and impulsion, with smooth transitions.
4. Demonstrate 15- and 20-meter circles, figure-8s, serpentines and work on the center or quarter lines
to develop suppleness and straightness.
5. Demonstrate a free walk on a long rein, returning to a walk on contact.
6. Halt squarely and stand quietly for 5 seconds.
7. Ride without stirrups at all gaits.
8. Discuss aids for and then demonstrate a rein-back of 2-3 steps.
9. Discuss aids for and then demonstrate leg yield at walk.
10. Develop a hand gallop from a canter and return to canter smoothly.
11. Discuss performance with examiner, including the rider’s position, and whether mount was moving
forward in balance and rhythm.
RIDING OVER FENCES
1. Discuss reasons for adjusting stirrups for different types of work.
2. Perform simple gymnastic grid exercises of 4 to 5 fences set at appropriate distances for mounts
stride at trot and canter, finishing with an ascending oxer set at, but not to exceed, 3’.
3. Develop a plan of how to ride a stadium course. Set a course to consist of 7 to 9 jumps, the majority of
fences to be set at, but not to exceed, 3’3
5. Ride course according to plan.
6. Discuss performance with examiner, including rhythm maintained throughout the course.
7. Rider should demonstrate secure basic balanced position over fences, showing control, rhythm and
proper use of aids.
RIDING IN THE OPEN
1. Ride in a group, at the walk, trot and canter on suitable mount.
2. Demonstrate riding safely over varied terrain, as conditions allow. Discuss safety measures when
riding over varied footing, i.e., water, mud, rocks, ice, bog, hard ground, sand, pavement.
3. Ride over 5 to 7 cross-country obstacles, at appropriate speed (350-375 mpm), the majority of
fences at, but not to exceed, 3’, while connecting fences as a course.
4. Discuss performance with examiner, including reasons for any disobediences.
1. Present a written outline of a six- to eight-week conditioning and feeding program in preparation
for a specific competition of candidate’s choice (may be maintained in record book).
2. Measure and record pulse, temperature and respiration of own mount at rest in front of
1. Describe own mount’s ration when developing fitness, maintaining fitness, taking day off, sick, or
1. Describe caring for a mount efficiently and economically when:
2. Stabled: feed & water schedule, minerals needed, clothing, exercise, grooming.
3. At Grass: safety-check of pasture, fencing, water, mineral supply, shelter, feed and grooming.
4. Discuss knowledge of safety measures, preparation, and care of mount and equipment on a day of
strenuous work, including feed schedule, consideration of mount’s condition, consideration
of climate and terrain, cooling out, treatment of any injuries, and making mount comfortable.
5. Discuss pasture safety and fencing.
6. Name three toxic plants in your area and describe appearance.
CONFORMATION & LAMENESS
1. Name five basic conformation qualities you want in a mount for your own use, and how they affect basic
movement and soundness.
2. Name and locate on a mount the following areas of unsoundness: ringbone, curb, bowed tendons,
sidebone, spavin, navicular, splint, thoroughpin, sprains.
1. Be able to load and unload, with assistance, an experienced, cooperative mount.
1. Record Book (health, maintenance, immunizations) must be kept up-to-date and brought to test. Book
must have records for at least 9 months prior to testing and reflect appropriate depth of knowledge
for this level.
1. List annual immunizations and health requirements appropriate for your area.
2. Describe how tetanus and strangles are transmitted.
3. Explain the need for regular care of teeth.
4. List prevalent internal parasites in your area.
5. Describe routine parasite prevention for your mount.
1. Assist a D-1 and/or D-2 to prepare for turnout under direct supervision of examiner. Candidate is to
explain to D member the appropriate steps and safety procedures. Assess turnout and equipment
and explain concerns to D member..
2. Candidate must bring a letter from DC that states he/or she is assisting in simple unmounted
instructional programs for D-level Pony Club members with supervision.
1. Name the zoning requirements for the county in which you keep your horse. Example: A minimum
of 10 acres is required to keep one horse.
2. What public land is available to ride on in your county?
1. Discuss methods, equipment and safety precautions for longeing.
2. Longe an appropriate mount for exercise in an enclosed area with assistance.
FOOT & SHOEING
1. Recognize and describe good and bad shoeing.
1. Apply shipping bandage and stable/standing bandage under supervision of examiner, and give reasons
2. Give reasons for use.