Care of the teeth and the reasons why they need attention. Candidate to understand why a horse’s teeth get sharp and to know how often they should be checked 16 Saddlery and Equipment: Care and fit of saddle and bridle. Candidate to • fit their own saddle in the correct position on the horse’s back for safety and the comfort of the horse • understand pommel and gullet clearance • use a saddle blanket of appropriate size that creating no pressure points • know how to tell if a bridle and bit is correctly fitted for safety and the comfort of the horse • know how to care for saddlery. Parts of saddlery and uses. Candidate to • know the parts of the saddle: cantle, waist, gullet, sweat flap • be able to describe and understand the use of a martingale, breastplate, surcingle and a crupper. Fit, use and care of rugs. Candidate to • consider safety aspects of rugging the horse • rug a quiet horse • demonstrate how to fold a rug and place on the horse • know when to use and when not to use rugs. • explain the correct fitting of rugs • know how to care for rugs. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Know the names of Pony Club Zone personnel.
Knowledge of local area and horse places of special interest.
Local equestrian personalities. Knowledge of Pony Club Competitions as applicable to their state. 17 CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS STANDARD K Minimum age of Candidates … 14 years K CERTIFICATE GUIDELINES: This is an alternative Certificate to C*, between C & B.
It is designed for the active rider, and covers many equestrian aspects not included in other Certificates.
The ‘K’ comprises a compulsory section and a wide variety of optional subjects.
K Co-ordinator: A ‘K’ Co-ordinator will be appointed by the Club or Zone and act as adviser to the candidates in helping them to cover the work, and arrange lectures and demonstrations by experts in the various subjects.
The Co-ordinator should explain to the farrier, horse trainer etc.
That the candidate must be proved efficient at the relevant level before the Work Sheet is signed, and also see that Work Sheets are completed, signed by the appropriate person, and presented on time. SUBJECTS: Compulsory: Active riding Distance ride Horse care Pony Club service Agility Horsemastership Horse health General knowledge.
The candidate must choose at least two subjects from each section.
The seventh subject may be chosen from any section.
Showjumping Cross country riding Riding at a given pace Give a show of agility with the horse Tent Pegging Stock work Polo or Polocrosse Dressage 18 — PRE-REQUISITES: D and C Certificate.
EXAMINER: Refer section on Examiners on Page 3.
Work certificates must be signed by approved specialists.
OBJECTIVES: • • • To widen the candidate’s experience in various aspects of horsemastership.
To become an active, efficient rider who is thoughtful for the horse.
To improve skills in horsemastership, and other horse related activities. 19 EXAMINATION FORMAT: (Note: Completed Work Certificates are to be submitted prior to the examination.) The test will be conducted in six sections: • • • • • • Written paper – to be passed prior to practical testing.
Presentation of horse and rider.compulsory Riding Horsemastership and general knowledge.
Optional subjects not already examined. A pass must be gained in all sections, even if some supplementary work is necessary.
SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATIONS: PASS MARK TO BE 65% FOR ALL WRITTEN PAPERS.
Candidates not achieving 65% will be required to sit a supplementary paper.
WRITTEN PAPER: Approximate time 1 hour.
WORK SHEETS: Work Sheets to be completed verifying experience in the following categories: 1.
Active Riding 2.
Distance Ride 3.
Horse Care 4.
Pony Club Service 5.
Chosen Options 1.
Active Riding: The candidate must have extensive experience in at least two of the options in Section A.
In addition to these two options, candidates must complete an “Active Riding” worksheet giving a brief account of the candidate’s experience in other riding sports. 20 2.
Distance Ride: The candidate must prepare the horse for, and ride in a distance ride of at least 40kms. .
Speed and care of the horse on the ride to be checked by Pony Club Officials, and recorded on a Work Sheet.
Time of the ride not to exceed 4 hours. 3.
Horse Care: The Candidate must have had the care of his/her own horse over a long period, or worked on a farm or horse establishment.
Candidates must include a summary of the daily and regular care noting the seasonal variations etc., also give some idea of the costs involved in keeping a horse.
An account of the Candidate’s experience in the care of the horse’s feet and shoeing, and own veterinary experiences must be included. 4.
Pony Club Service: Non-ridden activities.
For example, working bees, canteen help, junior committee, newsletter editor, fundraising etc. 5.
Chosen Options A worksheet is required for each option.
Worksheets for Section A options must include a full account of a day spent at the sport—from the beginning to the end of the day.
Experiences and care and preparation of the horse should be noted and verified.
PRESENTATION: Candidates must wear formal Pony Club uniform for presentation and discipline appropriate uniform for all practical tests.
Gear must be clean and correctly fitted.
The horse must be groomed, but not necessarily clean to the skin, especially in cold weather.
Hooves should show evidence of regular care and attention.
No jewellery to be worn (Medic-Alert bracelet excepted).comPULSORY RIDING: A snaffle bit MUST be used.
A running martingale is permitted.
The horse should trot and canter calmly on either rein. 21 Show some fast work with the horse well controlled and be able to do this using a whip, polo stick or the like.
Tests to show the rider’s agility, such as mounting without stirrups, or bareback, and dismounting or mounting at the trot or canter. The Candidate must prove that he/she is capable and effective at fast paces and at least moderately agile. Lead one horse from another: Ride a horse and lead another at walk and trot. • be able to change horse from one side to the other safely. • know the safety considerations for leading a saddled horse • know the road rules applicable to led horses. Led horse must be wearing a bridle.
Hold the led horse’s reins in the hand nearest to him about halfway down the reins.
Hold the ridden horse’s reins in the other hand.
The led horse should have his head level with the rider’s knee. HORSE HANDLING (C Star and K): Handle a horse safely and efficiently on the ground Candidate to approach the horse from the shoulder and demonstrate a calm firm manner Demonstrate how to hold a horse for a veterinarian or farrier Handler must stand on the same side as person working on horse. Lead a horse through a gateway, saddled and unsaddled — Outline the care of a horse’s teeth. Candidate to outline how often and why a horse’s teeth need attention.
Explain the symptoms a horse would show if its teeth need attention. Age a horse by its teeth up to eight years.
Estimate the age after eight years. Candidate to tell the age of three different horses by their teeth. Knowledge of the treatment of: greasy heel, seedy toe, laminitis, cold, colic, strangles. Candidate to explain the treatment of the above including following veterinary advice. Saddlery and Equipment: Fit the following correctly; • saddle • snaffle bridle • cavesson , hannovarian , dropped and grackle nosebands • running martingale • stockman’s or hunting and elastic breastplates 26 Candidates should know that checking the fit of a saddle should be done without a saddle blanket.
They should recognise that the saddle must be clear of the wither and should not pinch the shoulder.
Candidate must demonstrate that the saddlery they are using fits their horse correctly and know how to fit the items described above. Identify and explain the function of bits in every day use. Candidate should identify and know the action of a single and double jointed snaffle, a half moon snaffle, a Dutch gag, a curb bit such as a Kimblewick or Pelham Demonstrate or explain how to care for and clean saddlery, rugs, grooming equipment. Candidate to • explain how they care for their saddlery.
Should include method of removing sweat and grime and a recognition of when it requires oiling. • explain how to clean the rugs they use on their horse. • produce their grooming kit and explain how to clean it Fit leg protection for exercise Candidate to demonstrate how to • fit front and back exercise boots and bell boots. • apply and stitch an exercise bandage, must include a pad. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (C Star and K): Outline the structure of Pony Club at Club, Zone, State and National level. Candidate to explain this structure.
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