Recommended Minimum Age: 8

Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2010

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The Efficiency Tests provide a staircase of knowledge and progression when taken in sequence.
The Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge is a prerequisite before taking the D Test.


  • To have a basic understanding of ponies.
  • To achieve confidence in handling and riding a pony.
  • To improve and enjoy learning about ponies.
  • To hold more Mini Achievement Badges.


  • Mount and dismount.
  • Understand and show a correct position in the saddle at halt.
  • Be able to hold the reins correctly.
  • Be able to ride a quiet pony safely, in an enclosed area without the leading rein, in walk and trot.

Pony Care

  • Approach and handle a pony correctly.
  • Know basic needs of a pony in summer and winter.
  • Catch a pony and put on a headcollar.
  • Proper way to give a pony an apple or carrot.
  • Lead a pony in hand in walk and turn correctly.
  • Tie up correctly.
  • Name simple points of the pony.
  • Name different parts of saddle and bridle.
  • Recognise a dandy brush and rubber curry comb.


  • Keeping a Pony at Grass
  • ‘The Manual of Horsemanship’ - read the sections below:
    • Points of the horse
    • Mount and dismount (Omit: to dismount using the stirrup)
    • The correct length of stirrup
    • The position of the rider in the saddle
    • Holding single reins
    • Handling a horse
    • Fitting a headcollar
    • Leading and showing in hand
    • The parts of a saddle
    • The parts of a snaffle bridle
    • Putting on a saddle and bridle


  • Dvds: Stable Management Series (Handling and Leading, Health and Condition)

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