CANADIAN PONY CLUB ACHIEVEMENT STANDARDS
STABLE MANAGEMENTTurnout: Boots, muckers, gloves and suitable barn clothes. Medical armband is required. Good and bad points of conformation. Overall balance and proportion and limb alignment. Common limb unsoundnesses. Understand care & working of pony off grass & grain-fed, stabled pony. Safety in stables. Care of own horse. Routines. Know articles of groom kit & able to use them. Able to turn out well groomed horse. Fit saddlery. Care & cleaning of saddlery.
Uses and fitting of different girths and martingales. Knowledge of feeding horse in working condition. Good program for conditioning horse for work. Care of pony after work. Preparation for shipping: Blanket, shipping bandages. Demonstrate safe and efficient application of a shipping bandage. Able to put together a simple First Aid Kit.
Wounds: Causes, types, how to treat including poulticing, hot fomentations, and cold hosing. Know when to call Vet.
Causes, symptoms and treatments for colic, laminitis, ringworm and thrush. Limb unsoundnesses. Age and care of teeth. Load & unload horse in trailer or van or truck. (OPTIONAL) (Hunting: The fox. The foxhound. Breeding, walking, feeding, conditioning & exercise.)
RIDINGTurnout: Approved helmet, boots, breeches, jacket, gloves, and pin. Medical Armband is required. Know how to lead in hand and set up as for a vet check.
Mount, dismount either side. Position at walk, trot, canter. Stirrups still fairly short.
Balance exercises at trot.
Trot and canter, no stirrups.
Increase & decrease of pace.
Turns, 20-meter circles at trot & canter.
Working trot sitting and some lengthening rising.
Time & rhythm. Study of action & paces. Sequence of legs at all paces. Quality of paces.
Exercises to supple horse.
Trot on either diagonal.
Canter on circle on named leg.
Halt and Salute.
Riding forward on contact and on loose rein. Stadium - gymnastic height 2'6” recommended.
Verticals, spreads and simple combinations 3' maximum. (1/3 of fences to be at maximum height) Attention to presentation, pace and authority. Riding a related distance. Cross-country: Learning pace (350 meters/minute), timing, approach and negotiation of solid obstacles of various types. Jump 3 to 4 low poles, tree trunks and small ditches. Maximum 2'9" height and spread.
Ride up and down steep hills & banks.