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Ruby’s riding lesson

Ruby only has a lesson once a month, so has a bit of trouble remembering everything she’s learnt. Can you help her out?

Ruby has tacked up her fave riding school pony, Mallow, and is leading him to the mounting block so she can get on. Which side should she mount from?

Correct! Wrong!

Kate, Ruby’s instructor, has told everyone in the group to warm up in open order. What does she mean?

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What would you tell Ruby to do in her warm-up to make sure that Mallow’s ready for the lesson?

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Kate’s just reminded everyone to check their diagonal because someone’s on the wrong one – oops! How does Ruby check whether she’s got it right?

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Ruby’s just realised that she’s forgotten to check her girth since she started warming up. What should she do if it needs tightening?

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Kate asks everyone to get into a ride and Ruby is second. How much space should she leave between her and the pony in front?

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Ruby is now at the front of the ride and Kate has asked her to ride a change of rein across the long diagonal from H. Which of these would be correct?

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Kate has asked Ruby to canter to the back of the ride – what are the correct aids for canter?

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Mallow didn’t canter the first time Ruby asked him, but rushed into a fast trot instead. What should Ruby do?

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Kate suggests that everyone takes their stirrups away to practise sitting trot. What should Ruby do with her stirrups?

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Another rider in the group asks Kate if they can do some jumping. She agrees on the condition they can remember the five phases of a jump. What would you tell Ruby the answer is?

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Ruby heads towards her first jump – what sort of canter should she have?

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It’s coming to the end of Ruby’s lesson and Kate said it’s time to cool down. What should Ruby do?

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Before the end of the lesson, Kate suggests having an around-the-world race. How would you describe this to Ruby so that she has the best chance of winning?

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It’s time to dismount and Ruby wants to make a last good impression by doing it perfectly. What does she need to remember?

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Ruby's riding lesson
Oh dear! Ruby might not be asking you for help again just yet. It’s about time you brushed up on your knowledge, but don’t worry because even if you don’t have lessons often, there’s lots to learn in your old (and upcoming!) issues of PONY.
You’re just like Ruby – on the right lines and heading in the right direction, but you’ve not quite nailed it just yet. The good news is, the more time you spend practising the better you’ll get. Remember, even the pros have room for improvement!
Well done! You really helped Ruby have a fab lesson and impress her instructor! You’ve obviously been paying attention in your own lessons and it looks like it’s really paying off. Give yourself (and your fave pony) a pat on the back!

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