Level Two Stable Management Course

Level two is stepping up a gear in being safe and practical around horses. During level one you will need to be supervised at all times while you are around the yard and horses, but once you are working on level two, you should be able to do some tasks by yourself, even though there should still be people on the yard with you.

Level two covers Pony Club D test to Pony Club D+ test. Check out How the Tests Fit Together.

Level 2 Stable Management includes:-
  • Know how to approach a horse in a box or stall, and be aware of safety around horses.
  • Put on and fit a head collar.
  • Tie a quick release knot.
  • Be able to make the pony stand still from the ground.
  • Lead a pony in hand in walk and trot and turn him correctly, in a headcollar or a bridle
  • Describe/demonstrate the safe method used when releasing a horse into a field.
  • Describe/ demonstrate the safe method for catching a horse in a field.
  • Know and point to 10 parts of the horse.
  • Know the colours of the horse and point out 5 different colours on your yard.
  • Recognise different markings on the face.
  • Recognise different markings on the legs and body .
  • Name all the types of native ponies.
  • Name 5 articles of the grooming kit and know their uses.
  • Know how to brush off a pony with a dandy brush.
  • Be able to pick up and clean out the pony’s feet and know what to look for.
  • Demonstrate how to brush off a pony before exercise.
Know how to use the body brush on the pony’s face, mane and tail.
  • Name different parts of a saddle and bridle.
  • Put on and fit a bridle i.e. show the correct measurements for the throat lash, brow band and noseband.
  • Fit a variety of nosebands (at least 3) and know how high the bit should be in the horse’s mouth.
  • Know the uses of and demonstrate how to put on a standing and running martingale.
  • Put on a saddle, know if it fits.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different types of girth. If possible find some different ones in your yard, or find pictures of them.
  • Know how to prepare a saddled and bridled horse to lead in hand.
  • Be able to tighten the girth at halt with assistance.
Untack a horse and demonstrate how to take the tack safely back to the tack room, wash the bit and hang up bridle, store saddle on a saddle rack.
  • Know what to do to a horse’s back after riding and why. Explain what problems you would look for.
  • Be able to stand the saddle on the ground correctly.
  • Return a tacked up horse to the stable and leave him tacked up in a safe and comfortable state.
  • Clean a set of tack and be able to explain and demonstrate what to look for when checking tack. This will entail stripping a set of tack and putting it back in its original state. (Daily bit washing, importance of clean girths, numnahs and saddle cloths).
  • Know how to put rugs on and off, and prevent horses from getting cold whilst tacking up/grooming.
  • Recognise stable, sweat and turn out rugs and rugs suitable for travel and hot sweaty ponies.
  • Know basic needs of a pony in summer and winter. Why they need shelter, water and food.
  • Recognise when a pony is unwell.
Know the difference between good and bad fences.
Know how to provide water in a field.
  • Know how to give hay in the field to several ponies.
  • Recognise some poisonous plants.
Discuss and name at least 5 things to check before using a field for horses.
  • Know how to check a pony at grass.
  • To have some knowledge of care and working a pony at grass.
  • Name and recognise three types of bedding.
  • Be able to give a pony an apple or carrot correctly.
  • Be able to name the types of food that ponies eat.
  • Recognise basic feedstuffs hay, nuts, bran, sugar beet, chaff.
  • Tie up a haynet.


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Course Content

Lessons Status

Module 1 Handling and safety


Module 2 – Points and Colours


Module 3 – Grooming


Module 8 – The Healthy Horse


Module 9 – Field Preparation and Care


Module 4 – Tack


Module 5 – Tack Cleaning


Module 6 – Rugs


Module 7 – Basic Needs


Module 10 – Bedding and Feeding