Progressive Tests / Platinum Test

PLATINUM AWARD 3

OBJECTIVES
To work towards becoming an educated and practical horseman
To be able to look after ponies kept at grass and have experience and knowledge of looking after stabled horses
To be able to ride at all paces over fences and varying terrain
To be able to ride a well mannered horse or pony out hunting and be able to prepare him before the day and care for him afterwards
To have a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline to ride intelligently and safely in a group or alone
Ride with due regard for others in the country and on the roads
To be able to ride safely on the public highway
 

RIDING AND ROAD SENSE
Mount receiving a leg up from the correct side
Dismount from the incorrect side
Have a correct position at all paces
Maintain a balanced position when changing from rising to sitting trot to rising trot
Know and be able to explain the aids for transitions from halt to walk and walk to trot
Be able to halt squarely and salute
Know how the horse should place his feet in halt and the sequence of footfalls in walk
Be able to ride with the reins in one hand
Know which rein controls the pace
Be able to maintain a correct and balanced position when riding up and down hills
Maintain a correct jumping position around a course of jumps
Know the type of bit and its action that your horse is using
Know how to ride safely on the roads in pairs and in groups
Know whose instructions must be obeyed when riding on the road
Know what to carry when hacking out on the roads
 

HORSEMASTERSHIP
Know what is required to keep a pony living out at grass in terms of field size, fencing and shelter, quality of grazing and water
Recognise good and poor stabling
Know why it is important to keep a stabled pony well exercised
Know the rules of watering and why water is important
Know the reasons for grooming and how to groom a grass kept pony
Identify a variety of indoor and outdoor rugs explaining their different uses
Know the reasons for putting on stable and travelling bandages
Know the external parts of the foot
Name the farriers tools
Recognise when a pony needs re-shoeing
Know what to look for when checking saddles and bridles for safety
Know the signs of good and poor health
Know how to stop bleeding
Know the rules of sick nursing
Know how to hose a wound
 


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PLATINUM AWARD 2

OBJECTIVES
To work towards becoming an educated and practical horseman
To be able to look after ponies kept at grass and have experience and knowledge of looking after stabled horses
To be able to ride at all paces over fences and varying terrain
To be able to ride a well mannered horse or pony out hunting and be able to prepare him before the day and care for him afterwards
To have a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline to ride intelligently and safely in a group or alone
Ride with due regard for others in the country and on the roads
To be able to ride safely on the public highway
 

RIDING AND ROAD SENSE
Mount from a mounting block on either side
Be in balance with the horse at all paces
Maintain balance when changing diagonals
Know and be able to explain the aids for transitions from trot to canter on either rein and canter to trot, to walk, to halt
Be able to perform a quarter turn on the forehand and know the correct aids
Know the sequence of footfalls in trot
Be able to change the rein with the reins in one hand
Be able to jump a variety of fences and ditches out of trot and canter
Know the names and actions of the more commonly known bits
Know the signals to give when overtaking and negotiating junctions
Know which roads signs must be obeyed and which signs are warning signs only
Know the country lore
 

HORSEMASTERSHIP
Know how to prepare a grass kept pony for riding at all times of year
Know different types of bedding and give reasons for choosing one particular type
Know why it is important that stabled horses spend some time out at grass each day
Know the rules of feeding and why are important
Have a thorough knowledge of all the items in a grooming kit
Know the differences between grooming a grass kept and a stable kept pony
Demonstrate putting on and taking off a variety of rugs with different fastenings
Identify different types of bandages
Know why padding must be put underneath bandages
Identify different types of padding
Know the bones inside the foot
Know what the farrier does when removing a shoe
Describe a fullered shoe used for everyday riding· Know what to check to see that a bridle fits correctly and comfortable
Recognise when a pony is in good or poor condition
Know how to clean a wound
Know when a horse should be isolated
Know how to tub a foot
Know the importance of influenza and tetanus vaccinations
 


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PLATINUM AWARD 1

OBJECTIVES
To work towards becoming an educated and practical horseman
To be able to look after ponies kept at grass and have experience and knowledge of looking after stabled horses
To be able to ride at all paces over fences and varying terrain
To be able to ride a well mannered horse or pony out hunting and be able to prepare him before the day and care for him afterwards
To have a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline to ride intelligently and safely in a group or alone
Ride with due regard for others in the country and on the roads
To be able to ride safely on the public highway
 

RIDING AND ROAD SENSE

Mount and dismount correctly from either side
Be able to keep a correct, balanced and effective position in all paces over all types of terrain
Be able to change diagonals at appropriate places and know the reasons for changing diagonals
Know and be able to explain the aids for transitions for turns and circles
Be able to perform a turn on the forehand in either direction and know the correct aids and how the horses legs should move
Know the sequence of footfalls in canter and gallop on either rein
Be able to make a simple change of leg at canter through trot
Be able to jump up and down hill, jump doubles and know the correct distances
Know the names and the actions of the bits used on a double bridle
Know how to present your horse at a junction and roundabout
Know the advice given by the Highway Code regarding what to wear when riding and leading horses on the road and what the horse should wear
Know what to do in the event of an accident
 

HORSEMASTERSHIP
Know how to look after a grass kept pony after hunting or competition
Understand the importance of a daily routine
Have a knowledge of different routines including the combined system
Be able to recognise different feeds and forage
Know the different between compounds and straights
Know how to groom a stabled horse including wisping or banging
Demonstrate a knowledge of putting on a blanket under a stable rug and fitting rain sheets and exercise blankets
Know whether the rug/s they fit correctly
Put on a stable bandage
Know the sensitive structures inside the foot
Know how the farrier prepares the foot for the new shoe and the process of nailing on and finishing off
Describe a hunter shoe
Know what to look for to check that a saddle fits correctly
Recognise when a pony is lame
Know the contents of the veterinary kit and their uses
Know how to look after a sick horse· Know how to apply hot and cold fomentations
Know how to apply a poultice

 


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