c CERTIFICATE


The D* Certificate is a pre-requisite.
For assessment, C Certificate candidates will be required to jump a maximum height and width of 65cm.

The successful C Certificate rider should be able to demonstrate all skills required of the D* Certificate, plus the following:

Rider’s Tool Kit

• An understanding of the horse’s evolution and how it still influences the modern horse

• Understand and manage the flight response

• Discuss the three parts of pressure-release training (light aid, stronger aid, release) • Discuss reward training, punishment (and the pitfalls of punishment) and habituation in further detail

• Discuss classical conditioning.

On the Ground

• Demonstrate accurate stop, step back and slow from light signals

• Demonstrate accurate go and turn from light signals

• Demonstrate park

• Explain how a voice cue is trained

• Complete a ground work dressage test with accuracy and control.


Under Saddle

• Demonstrate correct riding position

• Stop with accuracy and from light signals

• Demonstrate clear downward transitions

• Change pace within each gait in self-carriage

• Demonstrate clear, accurate upward transitions

• Show correct rising diagonals

• Demonstrate canter on straight lines and 20m circles (both reins) and recognise leading leg

• Know the footfalls at trot and canter

• Ride without stirrups at walk and trot

• Ride with reins in one hand at walk and trot

• Shorten and lengthen the reins whilst riding one-handed

• Alter the stirrups and girth while mounted (at the halt)

• Demonstrate correct two-point and three-point position. Discuss when to use them.

• Demonstrate balanced riding over poles, both single and in sequence

• Negotiate small show jumps, maximum height and width of 65cm

• Know a range of types of show jumping fences

• Know jumping strides and distances

• Walk a show jumping course, demonstrating a knowledge of the rules and an understanding of the factors to take into consideration

• Demonstrate riding over small cross-country obstacles (max height 65cm).

Horse Management

• Know these parts of the horse: poll, point of hip, hind quarters, gaskin, flank, jowl, breast, ribs, cannon bone, forearm, chestnut, and ergot

• Know these markings: star, snip, blaze, stripe, socks, stockings • Know these colours: chestnut, bay, brown, black, palomino and grey

• Know how horses are measured

• Know and demonstrate the correct use of the following grooming tools: combs, sponge, towel, bot knife

• Discuss correct hoof management practices (shoeing, trimming etc.)

• Identify the bars of the hoof

• Know these farrier’s tools: rasp, knife, cutters, hammer, buffer, pincer

• Discuss the requirements for transporting horses

• Know the daily paddock checklist (water, fences, gates, pasture, rug, horse)

• Know the main rules for feeding horses

• Know how to treat: a girth gall, sore back, sore mouth

• Discuss tetanus prevention and parasite management

• Know what to have in a basic first aid kit for horses

• Discuss when to call the vet

• Know the symptoms of colic, greasy heel, lameness, minor wounds, seedy toe, a stone in the foot, strangles, thrush and laminitis

• Discuss appropriate dental care for horses

• Discuss saddle fitting

• Demonstrate a correctly fitted saddle and bridle

• Know how to care for tack (including checking stitching)

• Identify the following parts of a saddle: cantle, waist, gullet, sweat flap

• Discuss the use of martingales, breast plates, surcingles, cruppers

• Demonstrate a correctly fitted rug and safe rugging practices

• Know the horse’s thermoneutral zone and understand the implications for rugging.