B Test

Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2016

General

The Test may be taken as a whole or in two parts:

  • B Standard Riding
  • B Standard Horse and Pony Care

These Tests may be taken on different occasions and in any order.
Before taking the B Test Riding, Candidates must have passed the C+ Test.

Candidates will be required to ride more than one horse.

Objective

  • To become an effective rider who knows the reasons for what he or she is doing.
  • To know the Scale of Training, and understand it provides a staircase of training suitable for all horses and ponies.
  • To be able to maintain a horse’s way of going.
  • To ride in balance over fences at all paces. .
  • To be able to ride well-mannered horses or ponies out hunting, in horse trials, and on an endurance or fun ride.
  • To ride intelligently and with due regard for others in the country, with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups. .

Work In On Your Own Horse

1. Maintain a suitably balanced and independent position at walk, trot and canter.
2. Show a progressive build-up of exercises based on your assessment of the horse’s way of going.
3. Apply correct aids to promote balance and maintain the horse’s way of going.
4. Discuss how you feel the horse is going today using the Scales of Training as a template, including your assessment of the forwardness, tempo and balance. 
5. Show consideration for safety when riding alone and in groups. 

Riding School Movements

6. Maintain a suitably balanced and independent position at walk, trot and canter, and without stirrups.
7. Demonstrate school movements including loops, serpentines and circles down to 10 metres.
8. Discuss and show the aids for half-halts, medium trot, rein back leg yield and half pirouette
9. Show progressive exercises towards all movements.
10. Discuss how you feel the horse is going today using the Scales of Training as a template, including your assessment of the forwardness, tempo and balance.
11. Show consideration for safety when riding alone and in groups

Ride an Unfamiliar Horse on the Flat

12. Maintain a suitably balanced and independent position at walk, trot and canter.
13. Show a progressive build-up of exercises based on your assessment of the horse’s way of going.
14. Apply correct aids given to help maintain the horse’s balance and quality of pace.
15. Discuss how you feel the horse is going today using the scales of training as a template, and including your assessment of the forwardness, tempo and balance.
16. Discuss the quality of paces and acceptance of the aids.
17. Show consideration for safety when riding alone and in groups.

Jump a Round of Show Jumps (fences approximately 90cm)

18. Maintain a suitably, balanced and independent position between and over fences.
19. Ride a round of show jumps including a double and related distances.
20. Show the correct aids for the pace and turns required to ride a fluent and balanced round.
21. Manage and discuss appropriately the challenges presented during the round.
22. Assess the round and the balance of the horse during the round.
23. Explain the distances between trotting poles, a placing pole to a fence and a one stride double. (Distances to be given in metres, yards or feet).
24. Show consideration for safety when riding alone and in groups.

Jump a Cross Country Round (fences approximately 90cm)

25. Show an understanding of the reasons for and the effect of the bit and tack being used. 
26. Maintain a suitably balanced, independent position for cross country, including gallop when conditions allow.
27. Ride up and down banks and hills in trot and canter at a speed suitable for the level of training and fitness of the horse.
28. Demonstrate bold but controlled riding showing the correct aids for the pace, speed and lines required for the varied fences.  This should be at a rhythm, pace and balance suitable for the horse, relating to the terrain and ground conditions.
29. Ride a cross country round which may include drops, doubles, technical fences, up or down hill.
30. Manage and discuss appropriately the challenges presented during the round.
31. Assess the cross country round.
32. Show consideration for safety when riding alone and in groups.

Stable Design & Fittings

1. Comment on and discuss the stable described or shown to you, including the necessity for ventilation, light, drainage, shelter and warmth.
2. Discuss what fittings are useful in a stable.

Tack

3. Discuss the organisation and fitting of a tack room.
4. Explain the families of bits, their characteristics and actions.
5. Discuss the probable reactions of the horse to the different types of bit.
6. Inspect tack for soundness.
7. Recognise various types of saddles, martingales, boots and their uses.
8. Recognise badly fitting saddles bridles and martingales.
9. Know how to store saddlery, rugs and bandages.

Clothing

10. Fit and discuss a variety of rugs and their uses, tail and poll guards, and other travel protection.
11. Put on and discuss a stable bandage and when it might be used.

Travel

12. Know the safety and roadworthiness requirements for horse boxes and trailers. (This will include amongst other things the suitability of the ramp, safety of partitions, ventilation and draughts, and door fastenings.)
13. Be able to discuss the equipment to be taken to a competition.
14. Be able to discuss loading difficult horses, giving particular consideration to safety.

Conformation, Foot & Shoeing

15. Recognise good and bad conformation using the horse shown, and how this will affect the horse’s way of going.
16. Recognise a variety of commonly used shoes, and know what they are used for.
17. Recognise the farrier’s tools and know their uses.
18. Describe how a shoe is fitted and removed.
19. Compare hot shoeing with cold shoeing.

Feeding and Fitness

20. Know the rules of watering and feeding, and their reasons.
21. Know why water is important to the horse.
22. Recognise a variety of forage and nutrients, how to prepare and use them.
23. Explain what is meant by a balanced diet
24. Be able to discuss the total weight of feed in a day for a selection of horses and ponies, and how that weight might be split into bulk / forage and hard feed / concentrates.
25. Be able to discuss what effect the different types of feed will have on condition and behaviour.
26. Be able to explain what issues may affect a horse’s diet.
27. Have a clear knowledge of exercise for a grass kept pony and a stabled horse.
28. Be able to describe a fitness programme and a daily plan for horses or ponies competing up to Pony Club Intermediate/Open Area competitions.
29. Be able to discuss issues which might affect a horse’s fitness programme.
30. Show knowledge of good practice in the care and management of horse/ponies.
31. Know how horses may behave when turned out, and discuss how this affects their welfare.

Care of the Horse’s Health

32. Identify the signs of good health, and apply these to the horse shown to you.
33. Describe the contents of a well-stocked first aid cabinet.
34. Understand the methods of worm control, and problems caused by worms.
35. Describe various ways of how to administer a wormer.
36. Recognise which leg a horse is lame on.
37. Recognise and manage the most common causes of lameness and ill health including: minor wounds, colic, strangles, laminitis, tying up and atypical myopathy.
38. Know the most appropriate time to call the Vet for any of the above.
39. Apply poultices, hose legs and tub feet, and know when and why these are done.
40. Explain how to take the horse’s temperature, pulse and respiration rates, and know what these should normally be.
41. Recognise the signs of poor condition and know a variety of causes.
42. Know the need and timing of vaccinations and that these should be recorded in the horse’s passport.
43. Know that a passport needs to be kept with the horse at all times.
44. Discuss how to administer medicine in food.

Suggested Further Reading:

  • 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider – Jec Aristotle Ballou
  • 101 Jumping Exercises: for Horse and Rider – Linda Allen
  • Kottas on Dressage - Arthur Kottas

Resources

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