How to hold a reasonably quiet horse for treatment, shoeing and clipping. How to fill, weigh and tie up a haynet. How to assist other rider to mount. Effective handling of horse in company/vetting area. Bedding – The general principles.
Types of Bedding; Mucking out; Bedding down; Skipping out; Building and maintaining a muck heap.
Keeping all areas swept and tidy. Watering and Feeding – General principles and the importance of cleanliness.
Know the various types of fodder in general use, and recognize good and bad quality. Suitable feeding of horses and ponies in light work. Saddlery – Put on a saddle, a numnah and snaffle bridle (with appropriate noseband with martingale).
Check tack for safety and comfort of horse and rider.
Remove tack and understand immediate aftercare.
Recognise worn or ill-fitting saddlery, being aware of the dangers involved.
Name parts of the saddle and bridle. Clothing – Put on various types of rugs including a New Zealand. Shoeing – Recognise over grown feet, risen clenches, worn, loose or `sprung’ shoes and barefoot. Turning out to Grass – What to look for in and around the field.
How to turn out a horse, how to catch him and bring him in from the field.
Recognise a `horse sick’ field. General Knowledge – Know the risks and responsibilities involved when riding or leading on the public highway. Know the correct procedures in the event of an accident. Safety Rules and Fire Precautions RIDING Candidates who are considered to be below the standard may be asked to retire.
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