"IPRASM" Level Five Riding and Stable Management


Be able to show confidence and competence in the walk and trot, moving accurately around the arena making progressive transitions in supervised open order.

Rider needs to develop confidence to ride a variety of different horse and ponies making full use of the arena to show simple changes of rein and planned and organised transitions.


Be able to make a correct transition to the canter in harmony with the horse, and maintain it around the arena.

Transition should be planned and well prepared, the aids clearly given, and the rider must stay in balance without dependency on the reins. The rider must be able to maintain the canter whilst moving in the 3 beat rhythm with the horse.


Be able to ride in Walk and Trot with the reins in one hand.

The rider must be able to maintain balance and confidence whehilst riding with the reins in one hand and show some understanding of guiding the horse or pony with their legs and seat.


To show balance over lower leg, and lower leg security within the paces and through transitions.

The lower leg is the basis of a riders balance and security. The weight should stay clearly in the heel without being forced down, with the stirrup remaining on the balls of the feet at all times. The heels should stay in line with the hip except when giving an outside leg aid behind the girth.


To maintain a forward thinking hand and steady contact in the Walk, Trot & Canter.

The rein contact on the horses mouth should be constant, elastic and equal in both reins at all times when the horse is ridden at novice level. The hand should follow the movement of the horse unless an emergency stopping aid or turning aid is required. Emergency aids should only be used to avert a dangerous situation.


Be able to maintain a balanced and supple posture without stirrups, in the trot, for at least one circuit of the school.

Riding without stirrups is the way for riders to develop greater depth of seat and suppleness, and to enable them to learn to feel the movement of the horse more effectively.


Be able to ride in Walk, and Trot over ground poles

Riders need to be able to maintain balance and rhythm when riding over poles. They should ride in a straight line over the centre of the poles and should look ahead at all times.


To be able to maintain and show security and balance in the light seat and jump seat in trot for a minimum of 20 metres

Riders must be able to ride on a shorter stirrup in order to allow themselves to get into a light seat. This allows the horse to use his back more effectively when going over poles and jumps.


Know the letters in a 60 X 20 metre arena and be able to draw an arena without help.

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Ride confidently in an enclosed area outdoors in Walk and Trot.

Riders must learn to stay in balance outdoors going up and down slopes, and in differenet types of ground conditions.


Be able to recognize a recently shod foot and a foot which is need of shoeing.

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Know what the horse’s normal temperature, respiration and pulse are.

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Know how to correctly and safely put a rug on a horse.

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Know how to correctly and safely muck a horses bed out and bed down.

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Understand the foundation knowledge of how to fit a horses bridle and saddle.

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Safely put on a tail bandage.


Tail bandage must be applied showing awareness for safety. The bandage must be tight enough to be secure but not too tight to cause poor circulation. The tail bandage should cover the whole of the tail bone (dock).


Be able to clean saddles and bridles including stripping down and taking apart, and putting back together.

A daily clean of a saddle and bridle should take no more than 15 minutes. A thorough clean should take no longer than 30 minutes. Tack should be put back together exactly as it was prior to cleaning.


Be able to assist at feed times on the stable yard

Rider knows the potential dangers at feed times
Rider knows the importance of horses receiving their own feeds, and why feeds must not get swapped between horses. Rider understands the need for efficiency and routine at feed times.