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.

Under Saddle

• 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.

Horse Management

• 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.