Efficiency Tests (E to A) / C+ Test- Horse & Pony Care

Recommended Minimum Age: 13

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Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2016


This is a Test half way between C and B. Before taking the C+ Test, candidates must have passed the C Test Certificate. 

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

  • C+ Riding
  • C+ Horse and Pony Care

  • Objective

    To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled pony and of a pony at grass.

    Horse & Pony Care

    Management of Horses and Ponies in work

    22. Know and discuss the care, feeding and work of a pony off grass.
    23. Know and discuss the care, feeding and work of a stabled pony.
    24. Know the importance of keeping the stable and work area clean and tidy.


    25. Understand the rules of watering and feeding.
    26. Be able to recognise various different feedstuffs and know what each is used for.
    27. Understand the importance of bulk in the diet.
    28. Know when to feed hay or haylage.

    Grooming, bandaging and travel

    29. Know the articles of grooming kit and use them effectively.
    30. Put on a stable bandage.
    31. Prepare a horse or pony for travel, including rugs, travel boots or bandages and tail bandage etc.
    32. Load and unload a horse or pony into a trailer or horse box safely.

    Foot and Shoeing

    33. Describe a hunter (general purpose) shoe.
    34. Name the external parts of the foot.
    35. Know the structure of the horse’s foot as shown in the Manual of Horsemanship.
    36. Know the names of the farrier’s tools.


    37. Fit a saddle and bridle.
    38. Recognise a variety of bits including snaffles, double jointed snaffles and gags.
    39. Understand the action of different bits and their uses.

    Health and First Aid

    40. Know when a horse or pony is lame.
    41. Recognise symptoms of illness.
    42. Understand the signs of and reasons for poor condition.
    43. Know when to call the vet.
    44. Know how to care for a wound until the vet arrives.
    45. Put a poultice on a horse’s leg.

    Recommended reading

    Pony Club Publications:

    • The Manual of Horsemanship
    • So You Want to Buy A Pony? – Carolyn Henderson
    • Caring for a Horse or Pony – Carolyn Henderson
    • A Young Person’s Guide to Eventing – Gill Watson
    • To Be A Dressage Rider - Jane Kidd
    • A Young Person’s Guide to Show Jumping - Tim Stockdale
    • Wallcharts: Poisonous Plants; Grooming; Daily Feeding Planner; First Aid for Horses; Rider Safety; Tack.

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