There are no prerequisites for the D Certificate but the E Certificate is recommended preparation.
The successful D Certificate rider should be able to demonstrate the following, with assistance as required:
Rider’s Tool Kit
• Understand the flight response
• Understand (though may not necessarily be able to explain at this stage) pressure–release training, reward training and punishment
• Know these two ways to reward the horse: scratching and food.
On the Ground
• Understand the safety requirements for ground work
• Catch and let the horse go safely
• Tie the horse up safely
• Demonstrate stop, slow, step back, go and turn in hand
• Complete a basic ground work dressage test.
• Mount and dismount safely
• Hold the reins correctly
• Demonstrate a riding position that is developing correctly
• Walk, rising trot and canter safely and in control • Stop/slow, go forward and turn the horse
• Complete a basic ridden dressage test
• Understand the rules of riding in groups.
• Know these parts of the horse: nostril, mane, wither, forelock, knee, flank, fetlock, ears, forehead, eye, muzzle, crest, neck, shoulder, back, loins, rump, tail, hock and hoof
• Know and demonstrate the correct and safe use of these basic grooming tools: dandy brush, body brush, curry comb, hoof pick
• Demonstrate correct and safe picking out of the hooves
• Know these basic requirements of the horse: roughage, water, shade, shelter, friends
• Tie a hay net safely
• Know the signs of a healthy horse
• Know how to clean tack
• Know these items of tack: bridle, bit, reins, cheek strap, brow band, nose band, throat lash, saddle, girth, stirrups, pommel, leathers, seat, crupper, surcingle.