Test Your Knowlege

Part of the SILVER MEDAL EXAMINATION

Pacific Coast Equestrian Research Farm

Badger, California

REQUIREMENT FOR THE SILVER LEVEL PROFICIENCY

 

The Silver Level horseman has the presence of mind and enough experience to be able to help a horse improve or help a rider improve. This level of horseman is able to compete successfully in the areas of his choice. The experience implied at this level is both broad and deep and covers both the academic and the practical physical side of the subject. The Silver Medal person has demonstrated his ability in and around the stable with normal horses under a variety of conditions including momentarily adverse or ordinarily frightening circumstances. He is also skillful in detecting various types of difficulties with horses including injuries and ailments.

 

Name:_________________________________ Date ______________

 

 

RIDING                                                                                  SCORE           REMARKS

Satisfy Pre-Silver Prerequisite. (written examination)
DEMONSTRATE:
  Classical Balanced Seat position at all gaits.
Superior coordination of leg & rein aids.
Tactful use of aids for turns, circles, and canter departs.
Seat independent of reins.
Turn on forehand.
  Schooling movements at posting trot without stirrups.
Vault off either side at trot upon command.
Figure 8 at canter with simple change of leads.
Rein Back.
Adjust stirrup length at walk.
Be able to rate cross-country at 8, 12, 16, m.p.h.
Negotiate: Cavaletti without stirrups or reins.
   Banks and slides with and without stirrups.
   A 3-foot cross-country course safely.
BAREBACK RIDING REQUIREMENT:
   Mount bareback.
   Ride safely and comfortable a the walk, trot, and canter  bareback
   Jump cross-country bareback.
    Demonstrate control on banks and slides bareback.
Compete in a horseshow jumping class at 3 feet demonstrating   control and style.
DRESSAGE:
Compete successfully in AHSA Level 1 Dressage test.
Demonstrate the riding ability, tact and basic understanding of training principles necessary to improve the performance of a riding horse.
STABLE MANAGEMENT:
Demonstrate ability and maturity to take complete charge of a small stable of horses:
Mucking out
  Organization
Fly Control
Care of Tack
Be observant to first signs of trouble, i.e., Check feed consumption, water intake, and droppings and give necessary aid.
Understand the use of a bran mash and be able to make various types.
Understand normal temperature, pulse, and respiration and be proficient at taking them.
Understand the principles and techniques of lunging a horse.
HORSES FOR SHOW:
Demonstrate ability to give a horse a body clip and trim for show.
Understand principles and techniques of bandages for a variety of conditions.
Be able to twitch a horse correctly.
THEORY:
Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the principles of the Balanced Seat style of riding, including:
Basic dressage – terms, letters, movements.
The Field Seat.
  Obstacles – Jumping, banks, water.
AILMENTS:
Understand causes, symptoms and cures for common ailments, e.g. colic, laminitis, azoturia, thrush, colds, cuts, etc.
Recognize symptoms and causes of common unsoundnesses and blemishes, e.g., side-bone, ring-bone, curb, splint, wind puffs, spavins, thoroughpins, etc.
CONFORMATION:
Understand conformation faults, ideal characteristics in general and distinguishing characteristics of the major breeds.
FEEDING AND CARE OF HORSES:
Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute a feeding program taking into account:GeographyClimate

The character of the physical plant

The type and use of the horses.  COMPETITION RIDING:  Know ring etiquette.  Know AHSA rules for Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation and Western Classes.  Know required clothing and equipment for show classes.  Know the anatomy of the lower leg and foot.  PARASITES:  Know problems and prevention methods.  Understand shoeing problems and corrections.

The Silver Medal final written examination counts for 30% of the overall score.

Passing Grade 60%                             Student Score              _____________

Honors                        85%                             Notebook Grade         _____________

Date examined                        _____________

 

Suggested booklist for Silver Medal examinations:      (Check off books read.)

 

THE ART OF HORSEMANSHIP – Xenophon

BREEDING THE RACEHORSE – Tesio

LAMENESS IN HORSES – Adams

SCHOOLING THE WESTERN HORSE – Young

AMERICAN HORSE SHOW RULE BOOK

TRAINING HUNTERS, JUMPER AND HACKS – Chamberlin

THE BACKYARD HORSE – Pittenger

THE HORSEMANS ENCYCLOPEDIA – Self

RIDING AND JUMPING – Steinkraus

VETERINARY NOTEBOOK – McGee

DRESSAGE – Wynmalen

HORSEMANS TAX GUIDE – Humphreys

TRAINING THE HORSE AND RIDER – Podhajsky

CONDITIONING AND TRAINING THE ENDURANCE HORSE – Tellington

LEARNING TO RIDE HUNT AND SHOW – Wright

ETIQUETTE – Vanderbilt

ELEGENCE – Dariaux (for women students)

 

REQUIRED READING

HORSEMANSHIP – Gordon Wright and The U.S. Equestrian Team

KNOW YOUR HORSE – Codrington

 

OTHER TEST SCORES:                                           HORSE SHOW WINNINGS: