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.
• 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).
• 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.