Progressive Tests / Gold Test

GOLD AWARD 3

OBJECTIVES
Work towards an effective and balanced seat on the flat and over jumps.
Know how to behave when riding on the roads and in the countryside
Understand the requirements of a pony at grass
 

RIDING AND ROAD SENSE
Be able to pass the previous tests
Be able to do mounted exercises in walk and trot
Be able to walk, trot and canter in an open space
Know if the pony is cantering on the correct leg
Be able to jump small grids and a small course of jumps
Simple mounted games
Know how to move off on the road
Name some reflective clothing riders can wear
Know how to pass other riders
Know how to ride round corners and turn left and right
 

HORSEMASTERSHIP
Be able to pass the previous tests
Know what to check before turning pony into the field
Recognize good fencing
Know how to provide water in the field
Know the signs of good health
Know what to feed grass kept ponies
Know how to groom grass kept ponies
Know the reasons for shoeing
Recognize some farriers tools
Know how a pony moves if he is lame
Know what protection a pony needs when traveling
Put on and take off a stable rug
 

DOWNLOADS
Gold 3 - Riding & Road Sense Assessment Sheet
Gold 3 - Horsemastership Assessment Sheet
 


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GOLD AWARD 2

OBJECTIVES
Improve position on the flat and over jumps
Understand the combined system of keeping ponies
Understand the requirements of a stabled pony
Be courteous to other road users
 

RIDING AND ROAD SENSE
Be able to pass the previous tests
Position in walk, trot and canter
Correct jumping position
Know how to correct canter leads
Have control over pony when jumping a small course of jumps in the open, including doubles Mounted games
Know how to ride in pairs and groups on the road and in the countryside
Recognise when roads are slippery
Know how to ride across cross roads
Name some reflective clothing ponies can wear
 

HORSEMASTERSHIP
Be able to pass the previous tests
Know the names of the stable tools and how they are used
Describe the ideal stable
Be able to skip out a loose box
Know how to cool down a hot pony
Know how to measure the height of a pony
Know how much to feed
Know how to groom a stable kept pony
Recognize when a pony needs re-shoeing
Know what to look for in a newly shod foot
Know how to treat small cuts
Know some causes of lameness
Put on a tail bandage
Put on and take off a New Zealand rug
 

DOWNLOADS
Gold 2 - Riding & Road Sense Assessment Sheet
Gold 2 - Horsemastership Assessment Sheet

GOLD AWARD 1

OBJECTIVES
Be in control of the pony in all paces and over jumps
Have control over a pony on the roads and in the countryside
Know how to look after a grass kept pony, or a pony on a combined system
Know the country lore
 

RIDING AND ROAD SENSE
Be able to pass the previous tests
Hold the reins in one hand
Exercises in sitting trot without stirrups
Be able to ride in all paces in a large open space
Position at gallop
Mounted games
Know how to ride across farmland
Know how to overtake stationary vehicles
Know how to ride around roundabouts
Know roads signs and police signals
Know how to pass hazards
 

HORSEMASTERSHIP
Be able to pass the previous tests
Be able to muck out a loose box and set fair
Know how to care for a pony working off grass
Know how to wash down a hot pony
Know the rules of watering
Know the rules of feeding
Know when to give a thorough grooming
Describe the parts of the foot that can be seen
Know when a pony is off colour
Know the symptoms of colic, colds and flu
Know how to protect against tetanus and flu
Be able to put on a stable bandage
Lead a pony in and out of a trailer or horse box

DOWNLOADS
Gold 1 - Horsemastership Assessment Sheet
Gold 1 - Riding & Road Sense Assessment Sheet


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