- Label on an outline drawing of a horse, or point out on a live horse a minimum of 30 different parts of a horse.
- Label on an outline drawing or point out on a real saddle, a minimum of 10 parts of a Western saddle and nine parts of an English saddle. Label on an outline drawing or point out on a real bridle, a minimum of six parts of a Western bridle and seven parts of an English bridle. Explain how to take care of your tack.
- Describe the purpose of, and wear, a riding helmet and boots (or hard soled shoes with a heal) while working around horses and riding.
- Describe and demonstrate three rules of safety in approaching and catching a horse.
- Describe and demonstrate three rules of safety in leading a horse and show where the safest place is to stand around a horse.
- Choose a safe place to tie a gentle horse, then demonstrate how to tie a gentle horse with a quick release manger knot, or bowline knot, demonstrating and explaining correct length of rope and height from the ground to tie at.
- Demonstrate and explain how to correctly groom a gentle horse.
- Demonstrate and explain how to safely and correctly saddle and bridle a gentle horse.
- Demonstrate and explain how to safely and correctly mount and dismount a gentle horse, and demonstrate a safe, well-balanced seat on a horse that is standing still.
- Demonstrate and explain how to safely start, stop and turn a gentle horse at walk, using leg, weight, voice and rein aids.
- Demonstrate and explain a correct leg-up mounting procedure on a bareback gentle horse that is standing quietly. Ride a gentle bareback horse for a minimum of 30 cumulative minutes at the walk, demonstrating good balance.
- Demonstrate and explain group safety consciousness while riding a gentle horse with a minimum of one other rider. Demonstrate correct spacing, reversing direction and passing other riders in an arena setting, at the walk.
- Negotiate a simple three element trail obstacle course set up on level ground, riding a gentle horse at the walk. Choose from:
- Step over log or pole, maximum height of 16″
- Pass between two barrels or bales of hay spaced 45″ apart
- Zig-zag between poles set at 12 foot intervals
- Walk into a large key-hole (15 foot circle), turn and exit without stepping on or crossing any border line
- Trail ride a gentle horse at the walk for a minimum of four cumulative hours.
- Demonstrate and explain a minimum of three safety rules that apply to group trail rides.
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