Parents Guide to D1
- Published: Wednesday, 27 November 2013 19:15
RIDING TEST EXPECTATIONS: Candidate should ride in an enclosed area without
leading line, demonstrating basic balanced position at the halt and walk, and control at the walk and trot.
HORSE MANAGEMENT EXPECTATIONS: The candidate is a beginning-level horse manager, willing to learn the simple routine necessary for safe handling of quiet, well-trained mounts. His or her knowledge will vary widely depending on age, educational level, and experience.
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 D-1 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. Rider is to be in safe and neat attire, in accordance with the SOP.
2. Mount neatly brushed; feet picked out (with assistance) and showing farrier care.
3. Tack safe and neat (properly adjusted, with assistance if necessary)
RIDING ON THE FLAT
1. Mount and dismount, with assistance if necessary.
2. Hold reins correctly at the halt.
3. Shorten and lengthen reins correctly at the halt.
4. Demonstrate basic correct position at the halt and walk.
5. Drop and pick-up stirrups with feet while mounted at a halt.
6. Ride at the walk and trot, with control, keeping mount on rail.
7. Demonstrate simple change of direction at the walk and trot.
8. Perform gradual transitions from walk to trot and walk to halt.
9. Rider should demonstrate basic balanced position at the walk.
RIDING OVER FENCES
1. Walk over poles on the ground in jumping position.
2. Discuss with Examiner the reason for different positions when riding on the flat and over fences.
3. Rider should ride over poles demonstrating basic balanced position.
PARTS OF MOUNT / TACK
1. Name 10 parts of saddle and bridle (any).
2. Know two reasons for cleaning tack
3. Name any 10 parts of the mount (such as mane, tail, hoof, etc.).
1. Groom mount with brush and currycomb, pick out feet, with assistance.
2. Give one reason to pick out feet.
3. Tack up and untack mount, with assistance.
4. Provide Examiner with a copy of a Stall Card for own mount.
1. Verbally list three different places in your area where you see horse activities taking
place. Include where you have your Pony Club mounted meetings.
LEADING / LONGEING / CONDITIONING / NUTRITION
1. Approach mount safely, put on halter, lead and turn correctly and safely.
2. Know one reason for cooling out mount after exercise.
3. Know how to give water, grain, hay and tidbit to mount safely.
HEALTH CARE / VETERINARIAN
1. Discuss what a veterinarian is. Give one reason why the vet might treat your mount.
ROAD AND TRAVEL SAFETY
1. Know basic rules of safe riding in a group, in an enclosed area.