🏇 CERTIFICATES – Horse Riding, Horse Care, Horse Handling Certificates

Our Levels Certificates

Level 1

Horse Care

  1. Rug and Un-Rug
  2. Know the Brushes and how to use them
  3. Pick Up all four hooves

Horse Handling

  1. Tie quick release knot
  2. Catch and halter properly
  3. Hold Lead rope properly
  4. Lead Horse at Walk and trot
  5. Back up 5 steps using 2 different aides
  6. Saddle Up

Horse Riding

  1. Mount correctly and unassisted
  2. Emergency stop in halter
  3. Using correct phases show walk and trot
  4. Rising trot on lead

Theory

  1. Name four points on a horse
  2. Name two points on a saddle and a bridle
  3. Know how often to worm

Level 2

Horse Care

  1. Tie quick release knot
  2. Fill and hang a hay net properly
  3. Clean all four hooves properly

Horse Handling

  1. Leading get the horse to trot before you
  2. Back up 5 steps
  3. Hind-quarter  yield staying in square
  4. Fore-quarter  yield staying in square
  5. Demonstrate YoYo

Horse Riding

  1. Rising trot without holding on
  2. Emergency stop in halter
  3. Using correct phases walk, trot, halt, back up.

Theory

  1. Name six points on a horse
  2. Name four points on a saddle and a bridle
  3. Name and describe 2 types of worms
  4. Know horse colours-
  • BAY
  • GREY
  • BLACK
  • BROWN
  • CHESTNUT
  • PALOMINO
  • BUCKSKIN
  • PAINT
  • PINTO
  • TAFFY
  • APPALOOSA
  • PALOUSE

Level 3

Horse Care

  1. Prepare Horse for riding in 20 mins
  2. Know how to check the fit of the saddle

Horse Handling

  1. Put on and fit a bridle
  2. Leading, get the horse to trot before you
  3. Hind-quarter yield staying in circle
  4. Fore-quarter yield staying in circle
  5. Move hindquarters without touching, using driving game.

Horse Riding

Passenger Game-

  • Rising trot on own for 2 laps both reins
  • Keep horse walking for four laps both reins
  • Emergency stop Bareback
  • Walk bareback

Theory

  1. Name ten points on a horse
  2. Name five points on a saddle and a bridle.

These must be different to those used previously.

 bridle parts        

 

 

points of the horse

 Level 4

Horse care:

  • Know how to measure a horse’s weight
  • Be able to worm a horse
  • Be able to measure and fit a rug to a horse
  • Know how to assemble and fit a saddle

 

Horse handling

  • Demonstrate the Principle Games thoroughly

 

Horse Riding

  • Ride with a single rein walk and trot, being able to toss rope over horses head whilst walking and trotting.
  • Weave in and out of cones at walk and trot with reins.
  • Weave in and out of cones at walk using a carrot stick.
  • Show a single rein back up and a two rein back up
  • Passenger game-Rising trot 4 laps both reins
  • Know trot diagonals (when should you rise?) and demonstrate.
  • Canter  
  • Walk and trot out in big yard

 

Theory

  • Know the 7 games of Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Name & describe them.
  • Name and describe characteristics of 2 breeds.
  • What are Bot flies?
  • When do they appear?
  • When do you worm for bot flies?
  • Name and describe 2 different types of saddles and their use/purpose

 

 Level 5

 

Horse care

Know how to assemble a saddle

Know how to assemble a bridle

Describe symptoms of a wormy horse

Describe the colour of healthy gums

Explain why we check the colour of gums

 

Horse handling

Demonstrate the Purpose Games thoroughly.

Know how to gauge if a horse is thinking.

Describe 5 things that you might see

 

Horse Riding

Weave in and out of cones at walk, one rein.

Weave in and out of cones at walk and trot using carrot stick

Back-up using carrot stick

Canter on own

Trot bareback one rein

Canter out in big yard

Demonstrate jumping position over a series of trot poles.

Demonstrate contact in walk.

Demonstrate Hindquarter Yield/Disengagement

 

Theory

Name and describe 3 different bits (drawings ok too) and their uses.

Name and describe 3 different types of saddles (drawings/pics can be included) and their uses.

Name and describe characteristics of another 3 breeds

Name the most problematic intestinal parasite (worm) & explain why.

 

 

 

Level 6

Horse Care

  • Know why & how to bandage a leg and demonstrate.
  • Know when, where and why to bleach a horses’ hoof and how to do it.
  • Know why & how and when to bandage a tail and demonstrate.
  • Describe what a hoof that’s due for a trim looks like.
  • Describe what a healthy, well-trimmed hoof looks like
  • Describe 3 common hoof faults

 

Horse Handling

  • Know whether a horse is tense and gauge how tense. Describe.
  • Know whether a horse is relaxed and gauge how relaxed. Describe.
  • Know when it is appropriate to ‘shorten’ your phases & demonstrate using the Principle Games
  • Use the 7 games to find your horses’ stiff or dominant side
  • Demonstrate Game #5 with 2 different stops
  • Demonstrate the Falling Leaf
  • Float load a horse
  • Find an ‘edge’ in your horse and use the Friendly Game to build the horses’ confidence under saddle
  • Demonstrate circling game
  • Find an ‘edge’ in your horse and use the Friendly Game to build the horses’ confidence under saddle

 

 

Horse Riding

  • Halt to trot
  • Trot to halt
  • Canter one rein, both ways
  • Toss rope over  horses head whilst trotting
  • Canter out in big yard
  • Know Canter leads
  • Demonstrate contact at walk & trot
  • Demonstrate flexion at the poll at halt
  • Jumping Position over 4 small jumps

Theory

  • Research and briefly describe two disciplines you might like to pursue
  • Name and describe another 4 breeds
  • Name 4 mechanical devices (equipment) people use to help them make the horse do what they want. Name their purpose & how they work.

 

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