Parents Guide to D3


RIDING TEST EXPECTATIONS: Candidate should ride in a basic balanced position with
control at the walk, trot, and canter.  Candidate shouldD3Rider maintain a secure base of support while developing balance and a steady position over fences.
HORSE MANAGEMENT EXPECTATIONS: The candidate should be able to demonstrate simple skills without assistance, and to discuss care of mount, using common horse terms.
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-3 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 is to be well brushed (no sweat), clean (no dirt), with feet picked out, showing farrier care.
    Mane and tail are to be brushed and eyes and nose, lips and dock wiped off.
3. Tack is to be safe, especially stitching on stirrups and girth; and clean with no jockeys or dust,
    with stress-points clean, stirrup pads clean, and bit clean. All tack must be properly adjusted.
4. Describe formal attire, informal attire.
5. Describe proper adjustment of snaffle bridle with cavesson noseband. Describe proper
    adjustment of curb chain if used on own mount.
1. Demonstrate correct mounting (using mounting block if necessary).
2. Adjust stirrups and girth with feet in the stirrups while mounted at the halt.
1. Perform balancing and suppling exercises for rider at walk and trot under direction of
2. Ride without stirrups at the sitting trot.
3. Demonstrate a simple step back.
4. Discuss at least three reasons for doing balancing/suppling exercises.
1. Ride mount on the flat demonstrating 20-meter circles showing correct positioning of mount in
    both directions at walk, at sitting and rising trot with correct diagonals, and at the canter with
    correct leads.
2. Demonstrate increase and decrease of speed either alone or with others as appropriate.
3. Demonstrate emergency dismount at the trot in an enclosed arena.
4. Rider should show a basic balanced position through the flat work, and discuss performance
    with examiner including rider’s basic balance position, and whether or not circles were round
    and natural aids were used correctly.
1. Ride over small gymnastic grid of trot poles followed by a cross rail, then a vertical set at,
    but not to exceed 2’6” set at appropriate distances for mount’s stride.
2. Jump a simple stadium course of five to seven obstacles, height not to exceed 2’6”, with the
    majority of fences set at, but not to exceed, 2’6”
3. Discuss performance and reasons for any disobedience.
1. Ride safely with a group, at the walk and trot, over varied terrain, through shallow water and
    small ditches as occur in natural terrain (ditches to be unrevetted).
2. Jump four to five simple cross-country obstacles, the majority of fences at, but not to exceed
3. Discuss ways to control mount in the open.
4. Discuss performance with Examiner.
5. Speed should not exceed 240 meters per minute or 300 meters per minute, appropriate for the size
    of mount.
6. Rider should show a secure base of support while developing balance and a steady position over
1. Know five to seven basic rules for feeding and explain feeding schedule to include amount of
    roughage and amounts of concentrates per ration for own mount.
2. Describe care of mount after strenuous work, to include cooling out, inspection of legs,
    watering and feeding.
3. Know vital signs of own mount at rest.
1. Demonstrate and discuss how to clean and bed a dirty/soiled stall, giving reasons for each step.
    Include removal of manure and wet areas, banking a stall, and reason for regular stall
    cleaning. Discuss health and safety benefits. (For testing, a soiled horse trailer may be used.)
2. Demonstrate and discuss proper methods of hanging a water bucket and haynet/haybag, and
    the dangers of improper use.
3. Discuss the different needs of your horse during a day rally or clinic, and needs of an overnight
1. Identify at least 20 parts of the mount, to include withers , hock, fetlock, pastern, gaskin, croup,
    loins, as well as others.
2. Know common conformation faults of neck, back, shoulder, head and pasterns.
3. Describe the characteristics of a strange mount clearly enough for another person to recognize
    it within a group. Include: color, possible breed, markings, size, sex, and obvious
    conformation characteristics.
4. Describe how to measure height of mount.
1. Name three important rules when riding across privately-owned land 
2. Write thank-you notes to two landowners who support your club and tell them why you
    appreciate being able to use their land. If you ride on public land, write a thank-you note to
    the manager or contact person. Discuss with Examiner who you wrote, and what you said.
1. Demonstrate correctly jogging mount, moving mount forward with whip (if necessary).
2. Lead safely from both sides.
1. Name some symptoms of a sick or injured mount that would cause you to seek help.
2. Describe what critical areas are protected byshipping bandages or boots, and give reasons
    for their use.
3. Apply protective/splint type boots and bell boots on own mount (with supervision), if appropriate.
4. Describe obvious signs of a foot needing shoeing or trimming.
1. Know the basic rules for riding on public roads in your state. 
2. Know procedure for mounted group crossing a public roadway.
3. Discuss the proper procedure for loading and unloading a mount.
1. Name five horse sports offered in USPC.
1. The D-3 candidate is expected to keep careful records of veterinary visits, and general health
    of mount, to include worming and vaccination dates. Record Book must be brought to test. A
    minimum of 3 months is required.