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 understand the importance of, and to be working towards a secure correct balanced seat, independent of the reins
  • To understand why a correct seat is important
  • To apply simple aids correctly
  • 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


1. Show safe and tidy turn out.
2. Check bridle, saddle, girth and stirrups before mounting.
3. Mount and dismount safely and correctly on either side.
4. Hold the reins correctly and at a suitable length for the work being done.
5. Ride with stirrups of a suitable length.
6. Ride in a secure and balanced seat independent of the reins.
7. Alter stirrups when mounted and check they hang correctly.
8. Tighten and loosen girth when mounted.
9. Use of seat, legs and hands as aids to increase and decrease pace.
10. Ride in balance without stirrups in walk and trot.
11. Demonstrate sitting trot, rising trot on the correct diagonal and change of diagonal.
12. Understand the meaning of and start to establish the pony’s rhythm.
13. Walk on a long rein.
14. Canter on both reins.
15. Ride safely in closed and open order in a group.
16. Ride independently in the open.
17. Ride up and down hill in walk and trot.
18. Show trot and canter in a balanced light seat with stirrups at a suitable length.
19. Ride in a correct, balanced position in walk and trot over poles on the ground as a preliminary to jumping.
20. Ride in a correct, balanced position over small fences.
21. Show a smooth progression from one fence to the next.
22. Show suitable skills to be able to ride in the countryside, across farm land and bridle paths.
23. Open and close gates.

What you need to know: (this is likely to relate to the pony you are riding)

24. Know simple aids and ride turns and circles at walk, trot and canter.
25. Aids for canter on a named leg on a circle.
26. Explain the sequence of legs in trot and canter.
27. Understand the meaning of rhythm and tempo

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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