Lungeing and A test

monica987

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Okay, I have been asked if I wish to continue with the PC test series and I have said yes, to lungeing for sure. Have got that booked for some point in July but is it worth doing the A test?

I passed my B test last month with a distinction (wooP!)
Should I do the PC test or wait and take my stage 3 when I am 18?

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Even working towards your A test will be worth your while because of the invaluable experience you'll gain from learning to such a high standard. I always wanted to do the A test horse care part- it was my goal! But I'm no longer PC so it won't happen- grab the chance while you can!
 

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Care is worth doing, its well respected. I had a go at the riding twice, and didn't get it, but to be honest, I really enjoyed it both times, I found it a real adrenalin kick to be told "get on this horse and jump those fences!".

I would definitely say keep it in mind.
 

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definitely worth doing and is a big plus on your CV horsey wise as is incredibly hard to pass. I tried but failed (on 3 occasions
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LOL. I thoroughly enjoyed it though and learnt alot.

The A care is mainly common sense. I crashed revised (not recommended!!!) in a week as it was a week after my uni exams and they came first. I passed fairly easily though as so much is everyday knowledge and it was simply case of knowing some bits in bit more depth. The A care manual was my godsend!!!

The lunging really wasn't an issue. I rarely lunge at all and never have but passed this section every time (at the lunging exam then the care and all three times of my a test attempts!) again was confidence and general common sense that got me through.

If you have the chance do it!
 

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Worth doing it . Claire got hers and it exempts you for more than B test but you have to show you are and effective rider as well as being safe and knowledgeable .Good luck
 

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Go for it - get some lessons on safe lunging - as safety is a key issue - lunge as many horses as you can and really get a handle on the whip. Learn the difference between lunging for exercise and working the horse on the lunge.

I teach A & H students and they love learning to really handle the lunge whip. I line old drink cans up on a fence and say right you need to learn to flick the whip enough to tip each one over. They learn to judge distance so they don't hit the horse, but are also able to stroke the horse behind the elbow to encourage him out.

Gloves, helmet, no spurs! never drop the line on the ground, be able to tuck the whip behind you in an easy movement. Undo side reins when changing rein, correct length of side rein. Have commands consistant and use tone of voice to take control. Best of luck with the study - practise what is taught/expected at every opportunity, nerves will have you revert to your practised ways.
 
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