Parents Guide to D2


RIDING TEST EXPECTATIONS: Candidate should ride in an enclosed area without
leading line, demonstrating control while maintaining a safe D2Riderbasic balanced position at the walk and trot, and should begin to develop the canter and jumping position.  No need to canter over fences.
HORSE MANAGEMENT EXPECTATIONS: The candidate should be able to demonstrate simple skills, with assistance if necessary, and should understand the basic reasons for the everyday routines of caring for his or her own mount.
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.
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-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. Rider in safe and neat attire, in accordance with the SOP. 
2. Mount to be clean and well brushed, with feet picked out and showing farrier care. Eyes, nose, lips, and
    dock wiped off.
3. Tack is to be safe and clean, and properly adjusted (with assistance if necessary), with attention to
    stitching, girth, and stirrups. No obvious jockeys or heavy dust on mount.
4. Name and locate 15 parts of saddle and bridle. Identify 3 different bits.
5. Apply (with assistance of examiner if needed) protective boots and bell boots, if appropriate, to
    mount’s leg.
1. Mount and dismount independently (using mounting block if necessary)
2. Shorten and lengthen reins at halt and walk.
3. Perform balancing and suppling exercises for rider at halt and walk and discuss one or two reasons for
    doing this.
4. Ride at the walk, performing simple turns and large circles.
5. Ride without stirrups at the walk.
6. Ride at the trot on correct diagonal, performing simple turns and large circles.
7. Ride at the canter in both directions in an enclosed area and be aware of leads.
8. Discuss performance with Examiner, indicating whether or not mount was on correct lead.
9. Rider should demonstrate control while maintaining a safe balanced position at the walk and trot.
10. Demonstrate emergency dismount at the walk in an enclosed arena.
1. Maintain jumping position at the trot, on the flat, and over ground poles.
2. In an enclosed area, ride a simple stadium course of four to five obstacles of cross bars and verticals
    (no spreads). The majority of fences must be set at, but not exceed, 18”.
3. Rider should demonstrate control while developing a safe basic balanced position over fences (No need
    to canter over fences.)
4. Discuss with Examiner ways to improve ride. 
1. Ride safely and considerately on public and private property, in a group, at the walk and trot.
2. Ride with control, up and down hills at the walk and trot.
3. Discuss two or three things to do to show “good manners” or courtesy while riding on someone
    else’s property. (i.e., regarding gates, planted rows in fields, etc.)
4. Jump a minimum of three simple and natural obstacles. The majority of fences must be, but not
    exceed, 18”. No ditches, banks or water. All fences may be jumped at the trot.
1. Groom mount, and pick out feet with assistance if needed.
2. Name five grooming tools and demonstrate how to use them.
3. Tack and untack independently.
4. List three examples of unsafe equipment.
5. Name three common stable vices.
6. Bring a Stall Card for own mount to test. Discuss what we put on a Stall Card.
1. Name and locate any 15 parts of the mount.
2. Name and describe six colors of mounts.
3. Name and describe five markings on mounts.
4. Name four horse or pony breeds.
1. Talk with grandparents, parents, instructors and/or older friends/neighbors about where they rode
    when they were young and how it is different from today. Discuss with Examiner.
1. Lead mount in and out of stall safely, tie up in appropriate place with quick release knot.
2. Lead mount correctly in hand and tacked up.
3. Do walk-halt-walk transitions in hand.
1. Know three to five basic rules for feeding, and explain feeding schedule for own mount.
2. Know basic condition of own mount.
3. Describe ways to know if mount is properly cooled out.
1. Know reasons for daily foot care.
2. Give two reasons why the farrier regularly checks your mount.
1. Give two reasons why you would bandage a mount’s leg(s).
2. Give two reasons to have your mount routinely checked by a veterinarian.
1. Know the basic rules for riding on public roads in your state.
2. Name two ways you can help your mount be safe in a trailer.