The following is a brief guide to the various tests you can do when you are a member of the Irish Pony Club.

Your D.C., with advice from an instructor, will advise you when you have reached the standard for a particular test.

All Pony Club tests are optional but members are encouraged to progress through them during their time in the Pony Club.

The tests are taken at recommended ages and are designed with certain objectives in mind.

Test Cards are available from your D.C. or Secretary. These detail the complete syllabus for each test. It is hoped to make the test syllabus for all tests available on line in the near future.

When you pass a test, you get a signed certificate and a coloured disc to wear behind your Pony Club Badge. There are different coloured certificates and discs for different tests.

Note the following:

  • A member cannot take a test with another branch without the written permission of both D.C.'s, and the Area Representative.
  • A parent may not arrange a test for a child.
  • The practice of bringing pressure to bear on Area Reps., D.C.'s, Examiners and other Irish Pony Club officials regarding Pony Club Tests is unacceptable.
  • If a member fails a test, a minimum of two months must elapse before retaking the test.


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    Achievement Badges

    You may see some of our members with attractive badges sewn onto the sleeves of their Pony Club sweatshirt. These are achievement badges and you can read a little bit about them below. If you want more information about working for an Achievement Badge, you should talk to Geraldine, the D.C.

    BANDAGING & RUGS - To be able to put on stable bandages, a tail bandage, a rug and roller and a New Zealand rug.

    FEEDING - To know the basic rules of feeding and to be able to recognise different foodstuffs.

    FIRST AID (EQUINE) - To know how to treat minor wounds and illness. To be able to recognise signs of good/ill health and know about the necessary protection against Tetanus, Flu and Worms.

    HANDLING & GROOMING - To be able to run up a pony in hand and to tie it up safely. To be able to identify and use all grooming utensils correctly.

    LOADING - To be able to load/unload a pony, with assistance, safely into/out of a trailer or horsebox

    MUCKING OUT - To be able to name and use stable tools to muck out and to talk about different types of bedding.

    POINTS OF THE HORSE - To know the points of the horse, colours and markings.

    SADDLERY - To be able to name the parts of, and put on a saddle and a snaffle bridle, know about the care and cleaning of same. Be able to identify common bits, i.e. Eggbut/Loose-ring Snaffle, Pelham etc

    SHOEING - To know the indications that a pony needs the farrier, what to look for in a newly shod foot, and to know the blacksmith's tools.

    RIDING & ROAD SAFETY - To be able to apply the 'Green Cross Code' and Highway Code as a road user.

    CARE OF THE HORSES FOOT - To know something of the structure of the horses foot, the need for daily care and some knowledge of the trimming and shoeing process.

    PLAITING - To know the principles of plaiting a mane and tail, know occasions when the horse/pony should be plaited and recognise a well plaited mane and tail.

    TACK CLEANING - To know the equipment

    BIRD WATCHING - To be able to identify the following: Robin, Blackbird, Great-tit, Blue-tit, Chaffinch, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Jay, Mallard, Mute Swan, Wren & Kingfisher.

    WILD FLOWERS - To be able to identify the following: Buttercup, Daisy, Foxglove, Bluebell, Cowslip, Dandelion, Primrose, Forget-me-not, Red/White Campion, Snowdrop, Poppy and Clover.

    POISONOUS PLANTS - To be able to identify poisonous plants as listed in the Manual of Horsemastership.

    TREES - To be able to identify the following: Oak, Ash, Beech, Sycamore, Lime, Holly, Yew, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut, Birch, Hazel and Larch.

    WILDLIFE - To be able to identify the following: Badger, Fox, Hare, Mole, Otter, Rabbit, Stoat, Weasel, Red/Grey Squirrel, Red/Fallow/Roe Deer.