Progressive Tests

The Progressive Tests are available to Members in Horsemanship and Riding and Road Sense. These allow Members to take Tests in modules throughout the different levels.

Members whose interests lie in Stable Management may take the Horsemanship Awards on their own.

The Pony Club offers 4 levels of Progressive Tests:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  Bronze Tests

Bronze Award 3

Objectives

  • To start to learn about riding ponies. 
  • Begin handling ponies and start to become confident around them. 

Riding and Road Sense

  • Mount by receiving a leg-up 
  • Dismount 
  • Sit in a safe and reasonably secure position in the saddle. 
  • Hold the reins correctly. 
  • Ride from halt to walk and from walk to halt in a straight line. Either on or off the leading rein. 
  • Know the pony must stand still while being mounted. 
  • Know not to get too close to other ponies. 
  • Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
  • Know on which side of the road you should ride. 

Horsemastership

  • Know how to approach a pony and give him a pat. 
  • Be able to untie a pony. 
  • Remove the headcollar. 
  • Know some colours of ponies. 
  • Be able to check if the girth is loose before mounting. 
  • Be able to pull down the stirrups before mounting

 

Bronze Award 2

Objectives

  • Learn to have control when riding off the lead rein. 
  • Start to understand how to care for ponies. 

Riding and Road sense

  • Be able to pass the previous test 
  • Mount and dismount from a mounting block. 
  • Sit in a safe and reasonably secure position in the saddle. 
  • Lengthen and shorten reins 
  • Ride off the lead rein. 
  • Ride from halt to walk and from walk to halt in a straight line off the leading rein. 
  • Make turns left and right in walk following instructions. 
  • Be able to make the pony stand still while being mounted. 
  • Know how to keep a safe distance when riding in a ride. 
  • Know not to get too close to the pony in front. 
  • Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
  • Know on which side of the road you should ride. 
  • Understand a simple green cross code. 

Horsemastership

  • Be able to pass the previous test 
  • Be able to put on a headcollar in the stable. 
  • Be able to tie up a pony correctly. 
  • Know the parts of the pony’s body. 
  • Be able to remove the saddle and put it away correctly. 
  • Know that water must always be available.

 

Bronze Award 1

Objectives

  • Make controlled transitions 
  • Ride independently from the rest of the ride. 
  • Start to be actively involved in the care of ponies. 

Riding and Road Sense

  • Be able to pass the previous tests 
  • Mount and dismount from a mounting block and receive a leg up from either side. 
  • Sit straight and balanced in the saddle. 
  • Lengthen and shorten stirrups before mounting. 
  • Check girth before and while mounted. 
  • Ride in rising trot. 
  • Upward and downward transitions: 
  • Halt to walk 
  • Walk to trot 
  • Trot to walk 
  • Walk to halt. 
  • Make changes of rein and circles in walk. 
  • Simple exercises 
  • Know how the pony positions his feet when he halts square. 
  • Be able to ride exercises independently. 
  • Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
  • Know on which side of the road you should ride. 
  • Understand a simple green cross code. 
  • Know how to ride along a road, cross a road, and say ‘thank you’. 

Horsemastership

  • Be able to pass the previous tests 
  • Approach and handle a pony correctly. 
  • Catch a pony in the field and put on a headcollar or halter. 
  • Lead a pony in a headcollar. 
  • Name simple points of the pony. 
  • Be able to take off a bridle and hang it up. 
  • Know two types of food ponies eat.
  Silver Tests


Silver Award 3

Objectives

  • Have a basic understanding of ponies. 
  • Achieve confidence in handling and riding a pony. 
  • To improve and enjoy learning about ponies. 

Riding and Road Sense

  • Be able to pass the previous tests 
  • Mount and dismount unaided from the ground. 
  • A correct position in the saddle. 
  • Lengthen and shorten stirrups correctly while mounted. 
  • Adjust girth before and while mounted. 
  • Be able to make transitions at the markers. 
  • Make changes of rein and circles in rising trot. 
  • Change diagonal as necessary. 
  • Ride over a short course of poles on the ground in walk. 
  • Know the sequence of legs in walk. 
  • Be able to pass the ride safely. 
  • Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
  • Know on which side of the road you should ride 
  • Understand a simple green cross code. 
  • Know how to ride along a road, cross a road, and say ‘thank you’. 
  • Know how to signal left and right 
  • Understand how to ride on the road with a friend. 

Horsemastership

  • Be able to pass the previous tests 
  • Know how to brush off a pony with a dandy brush. 
  • Be able to pick up the pony’s feet. 
  • Be able to lead a pony in a bridle. 
  • Be able to make the pony stand still from the ground. 
  • Be able to tighten the girth at halt with assistance. 
  • Name different parts of a saddle and bridle. 
  • Be able to give a pony an apple or carrot correctly. 
  • Know basic needs of a pony in summer and winter. Why they need shelter, water and food


Silver Award 2

Objectives

  • Start to develop a balanced seat. 
  • Become more involved in looking after ponies. 

Riding and Road Sense

  • Be able to pass the previous tests 
  • Mount and dismount from either side 
  • Sitting trot 
  • Make changes of rein and circles in sitting and rising trot. 
  • Be able to walk and trot in poised position over poles. 
  • Ride over a short course of poles on the ground in trot. 
  • Know the sequence of legs in trot. 
  • Be able to ride as leading file. 
  • Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
  • Know on which side of the road you should ride 
  • Understand a simple green cross code. 
  • Know how to ride along a road, cross a road, and say ’ thank you’. 
  • Know how to signal left and right 
  • Understand how to ride on the road with a friend. 
  • Know the sequence of traffic lights 

Horsemastership

  • Be able to pass the previous tests 
  • Know how to use the body brush on the pony’s face, mane and tail. 
  • Be able to pick out the pony’s feet. 
  • Recognise different markings on the face. 
  • Name some breeds of native ponies. 
  • Be able to adjust the stirrups at halt. 
  • Be able to stand the saddle on the ground correctly. 
  • Be able to name the types of food ponies eat. 
  • Know the difference between good and bad fences. 
  • Know how to provide water in a field.


Silver Award 1

Objectives

  • To be working towards developing a balanced seat independent of the reins. 
  • Understand elementary aids and be able to apply them. 

Riding and Road Sense

  • Be able to pass the previous tests 
  • Exercises at walk without stirrups. 
  • Accurate transitions. 
  • Be able to canter from the front to the rear of the ride. 
  • Ride over a short course of poles on the ground in trot including small cross poles. 
  • Know the sequence of legs in canter. 
  • Be able to lead a drill ride. 
  • Know it is safer to ride on the road with adults. 
  • Know on which side of the road you should ride 
  • Understand a simple green cross code. 
  • Know how to ride along a road, cross a road, and say ’ thank you’. 
  • Know how to signal left and right 
  • Understand how to ride on the road with a friend. 
  • Know the sequence of traffic lights 
  • Recognise the dangers to ponies from cars and other traffic. 
  • Know what weather conditions it is not safe to ride out in and how the pony may behave in bad weather. 
  • Know what may frighten the pony and what may cause him to slip. 

Horsemastership

  • Be able to pass the previous tests 
  • Know the different items of grooming kit and how to use them. 
  • Lead a pony in hand in walk and trot and turn him correctly. 
  • Recognise different markings on the legs and body 
  • Name all the types of native ponies. 
  • Know the procedure for cleaning a saddle and bridle. 
  • Put on a saddle and bridle. Know if it fits. 
  • Recognise basic feedstuffs hay, nuts, bran, sugar beet, chaff. 
  • Know how to give hay in the field to several ponies 
  • Recognise some poisonous plants. 
  • Recognise stable, sweat and turn out rugs.
  Gold Tests


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 
  • Eecognize 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

 

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 stables
  • 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  

 

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
  Platinum Tests


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

 

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


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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