Above is a link to tests taken through your Pony Club. Read through this link and it will give you all the information required regarding the test syllabus. Should you have any questions contact Joanne.
Pony Club Achievement Badges are awarded to younger members who have studied a variety of topics on pony care and the environment. The circular fabric badges are designed to be sewn on your branch sweatshirt.
Candidates are examined in as informal a fashion as possible, ideally orally in small groups.
There are a range of badges and a brief description is given of some below.
To find out more about these you should speak to your D.C.
To know the principles of plaiting a mane and tail, know occasions when the horse/pony should be plaited and recognise a well-plaited mane and tail.
To be able to load/unload a pony, with assistance, safely into/out of a trailer or horsebox.
To be able to name the parts of, and put on a saddle and a snaffle bridle, know about the care and cleaning of same. Be able to identify common bits, i.e. Eggbut/Loose-ring Snaffle, Pelham etc
To know the basic rules of feeding and to be able to recognise different foodstuffs.
BANDAGING & RUGS
To be able to put on stable bandages, a tail bandage, a rug and roller and a New Zealand rug.
FIRST AID (EQUINE)
To know how to treat minor wounds and illness. To be able to recognise signs of good/ill health and know about the necessary protection against Tetanus, Flu and Worms.
HANDLING & GROOMING
To be able to run up a pony in hand and to tie it up safely. To be able to identify and use all grooming utensils correctly.
To be able to name and use stable tools to muck out and to talk about different types of bedding.
POINTS OF THE HORSE
To know the points of the horse, colours and markings.
To know the indications that a pony needs the farrier, what to look for in a newly shod foot, and to know the blacksmith's tools.
CARE OF THE HORSES FOOT
To know something of the structure of the horse's foot, the need for daily care and some knowledge of the trimming and shoeing process.
Members must show the ability to sit straight and in balance while on the lunge in walk and trot, with and without reins and stirrups. They should be able to show some simple suppling exercises on the move and rising trot without stirrups.
To be able to place the letters in, and know the dimensions, of both a long and short arena.
To know the equipment needed, the importance of a clean bit and be able to undertake a daily and weekly clean.
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