"IPRASM" Level Six Riding and Stable Management


Be able to competently and confidently move the horse around the arena in walk, trot and canter in a ride situation and in 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.



Show a basic understanding of the first four scales of training; Acceptance, Rhythm, Suppleness and Contact

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Know  the sequence of footfalls of the horse’s paces.

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Be able to make a transition into canter and recognise the correct canter lead.

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. The rider should recognise the canter lead by feel, glancing down to confirm if necessary.


Understand the principles of lateral bend through corners and circle lines.

The rider should be able to demonstrate the use of the inside aids to create even length bend through the horses body, whilst maintaining an even contact on the outside rein.


Be able to maintain an elastic and consistent contact with the horse through your working period, allowing the horse to stretch as needed.

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. As the horse starts to work more "to the contact, the rider should recognise the need to allow the horse to stretch periodically. 


Be able to maintain and show security and balance in the light seat and jump seat in canter for at least one circuit of the arena.

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.


Be able to maintain a forward balanced seat in Canter over ground poles.

The rider must be able to stay in balance as the horses stride is lifted over the poles without becoming dependent on the reins for security. The rider should know how to and be able to use a neck strap or safety handle if they loose balance.


Be able to ride in supervised “open order” showing awareness and understanding of school rules.

Riders must show ability to look ahead at all times, to plan their work, and to pass left hand to left hand when they meet other riders. They must know to give way to speed, and to lateral work. They must know not to enter or leave the school without permission from other riders.


Be able to ride, as part of a supervised ride, on minor roads showing good road position, control,  and  awareness of Road safety

The rider must have sufficient confidence and trust in their horse to be able to maintain control out on the highway. They must show ability to react to instructions from a ride leader, and to maintain awareness of traffic and other horses at all times.


Be able to tack up the horse for exercise with a snaffle bridle and English saddle.

The rider must be able to put on the saddle and bridle efficiently, knowing how to stay safe, and to keep the horse safe.


To be able to explain the consequences of ill fitting or dirty tack.

The rider must be aware of the causes of sores and of galls (blisters in the girth area), and must be aware of the dangers of creating pressure points by using ill fitting saddles.


Be able to untack after work and leave the horse safe and comfortable.

The rider must be able to untack the horse, and brush it down or sponge it off as necessary. They must recognise if the horse requires specific attention to aid cooling down and know when the horse is ready to be rugged up.


Be able to rug up a horse with stable or turnout rugs.

The rider must know the principles of putting on rugs whilst remaining safe, and must show practiced competence.



Be able to recognise the signs of ill and good health in a horse.

Using their knowledge riders must be able to recognise and point out signs of health in a variety of horses.


Be able to identify what daily field checks we need to carry out when our horses are turned out on pasture.

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To be able to list the rules of feeding and watering.

The rider must know he rules of feeding and watering from memory.


Recognise different types of forage.


Rider must be able to recognise hay and haylage and point out good qualities and poor qualities.


Recognise different feed stuffs.


Riders must be able to recognise horse and pony cubes, cereal mixes, sugar beet shreds and cubes, and whole, rolled and crushed grains.