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

Recommended Minimum Age: 11

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Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2016


Before being awarded the C Test Certificate, Candidates must have trained for and passed The Pony Club’s Road Rider Achievement Badge or the BHS Ride Safe test.

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

  • C Standard Riding
  • C Standard Horse and Pony Care


  • To have a knowledge of the care and working of a pony off grass.
  • To be in control of the pony on the roads and in the countryside. To have a proper regard for country lore.

Horse & Pony Care

28. Explain how to care for and work a pony that lives out at grass
29. Elementary feeding, watering and cleanliness of the pony.
30. Groom a grass kept pony.
31. Put on a tail bandage.
32. Know when a pony needs shoeing.
33. Put on a saddle, bridle and martingale.
34. Have some knowledge of correctly fitting tack (saddle clearing withers, height of bit).
35. Be able to do up a curb chain correctly.
36. Know the correct fitting of a flash nose band.
37. Elementary care and cleaning of saddlery (tack care after daily exercise).
38. Know the main indications for health in the pony.
39. Know how to clean a minor wound.
40. Know which wounds require veterinary attention.
41. Understand the reason for anti-tetanus vaccination and know when the pony you are riding was vaccinated.
42. Recognise when a pony is clearly lame.
43. Explain how to load and unload a horse or pony safely, considering yourself, the pony and any helpers.
44. Understand the importance and the means of protecting the pony’s legs while travelling.
45. Put on and take off stable and turn out rugs.
46. Understand and show how to safely lift objects in general use around the stable yard, for example feed and water buckets.

Recommended reading

  • The Manual of Horsemanship
  • Caring for a Horse or Pony
  • So You Want to Buy A Pony?
  • The Pocket Guide to Equestrian Dress
  • Wallcharts: Points of the Pony; Poisonous Plants; Native Ponies; Tack; Grooming

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