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AVA Horsemanship

Horsecare Leadership

Standards of Proficiency For Horsemanship Levels 2


HP Level 2 Horse Management Standards/Expectations

Candidates should be able to demonstrate simple skills without assistance and to discuss the reasons/importance of the everyday care and knowledge routinely used for their vaulting horse.

Horse Parts, Breeds and General Knowledge

  • Identify 5 body parts the examiner indicates and then identify 10 more of your choice.
  • Name and describe/identify 10 colors and markings for horses.
  • Discuss/demonstrate how to accurately measure the height of a horse including unit of measurement.
  • Name 5 horse or pony breeds and describe the characteristics and uses forwhich they are bred.

Conformation, Gaits, and Lameness

  • Discuss good and bad conformation.
  • Discuss common conformation faults of the neck, back, shoulders, head, and legs of a horse.
  • Discuss the 3 basic gaits a horse uses to move forward including how many beats each one has, leads, and desirable characteristics.

Foot and Shoeing

  • Identify common farrier tools and describe their uses.
  • Give 2 reasons why you have your vaulting horses feet regularly trimmed or shod.
  • Describe obvious signs of a hoof that needs to be trimmed or re-shod.

Health Care and Veterinary Knowledge

  • Give 2 reasons why you have your vaulting horse routinely checked by a veterinarian.
  • Name 3 symptoms of a sick or injured horse that would cause you to call a veterinarian.

Conditioning, Nutrition and Record Book

  • Discuss 1 reason for cooling out a vaulting horse after practice and describe 2 different ways to know if the horse is properly cooled out.
  • Discuss what roughage and concentrates are.
  • Discuss good rules of feeding horses to keep them healthy and happy.
  • Discuss what kinds of records and information would be important to keep in a record book for each individual horse.

Stable Management

  • Demonstrate how to correctly clean and bed a stall giving reasons for each step.
  • Demonstrate how to blanket and un-blanket a horse safely.
  • Discuss good safety practices both human and equine for around the barn and arenas, including fire prevention.

Turnout and Tack

  • Name 5 grooming tools and demonstrate how to correctly groom and pick out feet with them.
  • Present your vaulting horse for an informal inspection in a halter or bridle; horse should show evidence of regular grooming with attention to the mane, tail, and feet.
  • Identify 15 parts of the surcingle and bridle and discuss the purpose of each part.
  • Demonstrate how to correctly clean and condition tack with attention to stitching and stress points.

Travel Safety and Bandaging

  • Discuss 2 ways you can help your vaulting horse be safe and comfortable in a horse trailer.
  • Discuss 2 reasons why you would bandage/wrap or use boots on a horse's legs.

Groundwork and Lungeing

  • Demonstrate leading and turning a vaulting horse in hand safely at the walk.
  • Demonstrate walk-halt-walk transitions in hand safely.

Vaulting Sport Knowledge

  • Discuss 2 examples of unsafe attire or vaulter conduct/behavior.
  • Discuss/demonstrate an example of ‘good mechanics’ in one of the compulsory exercises.
  • Name and describe 6 judging abbreviations or marks commonly written on your score sheets.
  • List the different levels of AVA recognized individual and team competition.
  • List the rules for a horse to be used in AVA competition.
  • Discuss what ‘consideration for the horse’ means and what the consequences are for overusing or overloading a horse.

Click here for Standards of Proficiency For Horsemanship Levels 1 and 2

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