Efficiency Tests (E to A) / Polo Test (Lower)

Recommended Minimum Age: Recommended Minimum age 10 or 11 years.


The test is designed to encourage children who have chosen PCP as their main sport to further their knowledge of horsemanship and care of the polo pony.


  • Tack up and turn out - to understand the use of bits, martingales and breastplates.
  • Mount and Dismount
  • To hold the reins correctly
  • To be able to alter stirrups when mounted - using one hand with feet in stirrups.
  • Tighten & Loosen Girth when mounted
  • Position at walk, trot and canter
  • Use of seat, legs and hands as an aid to increase/decrease pace
  • Turns and circles in all paces
  • Aids for canter and the ability to recognise the correct leg
  • Work in an open area


  • Knowledge of the Riding and Road Safety Achievement Badge Syllabus level.


  • Care and work of a pony at grass
  • Elementary feeding and watering
  • Basic Fittening
  • Basic use of the grooming kit and brush recognition
  • Care of the mane and tail
  • Washing down and cooling
  • Care of the foot
  • Tack care and cleaning
  • Basic knowledge of tack fitting and bits
  • Basic lameness recognition
  • Knowledge of leg protection for travel and play (including fitting of boots)
  • Knowledge of rug fitting and type


  • The Manual of Horsemanship
    • 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 or halter.
    • To lead in hand.
    • The parts of a saddle
    • The parts of a snaffle bridle.
    • Putting on a saddle and bridle
  • Junior Road Rider
  • Keeping a Pony at Grass


  • DVDs
    • Road Rider
    • Handling and Leading
    • Health and Condition


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