Equestrian Tourism Instructor Examinations Minimum Requirements - IGEQ

Equestrian Tourism Instructor Examinations Minimum Requirements

Entry to Level 1 by apprenticeship or exam.  Examinations under the auspices of National Federation and/or Government

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Level Riding Stable Management Teaching Notes


Including but not limited: Ride and maintain the basic paces. Ride and maintain trained school horses. Showing correct use of aids. Demonstrate transitions; stop, back, two track and circles with transitions. Recreational riding

Manage a horse in hand; Basic anatomy and physiology; Recognize healthy and unhealthy horses; Routine horse care; Lunge a horse for exercise; Feeding and knowledge of the various types of food; Safety aspects when handling horses; Equipment Basic knowledge of equine first aid.  First aid for humans

Basic pedagogic skills and, psychology of learning; Communication skills; Riding etiquette and safety; Manage a horse in hand and saddling procedures; Working a horse on the flat in the three different paces with a correct use of aids; Correct use of reins during the basic work;   Stable management.  Groups and individuals.

Work a trained horse at basic paces and work level. Maintenance of working skills of a schooled  horse.


Ride school horses to maintain development level and achieve performance; Show correct execution of and ability to correct faults including but not limited to change in transitions and two track at walk across the arena – Pivot on the haunches & fore leg, speed control, 180º turn, lead change

Further anatomy and physiology.  Recognize lameness and take suitable action;  Prophylaxis of parasitic and infective sickness, horse hygiene and shelter management.  Understand dietary needs of different horses. Planning the daily work schedule of staff and riders.  Develop and maintain fitness programs for competition work.  Further knowledge of use of equipment. 

Pedagogic skills, psychology of learning;.  Communication skills;  Groups and individuals.  Western riding competition disciplines relevant to the level of riding on trained horses.  Theory of: natural and artificial aids.  Paces.   The effects of the reins.

Understand remedial schooling techniques.  Ride a horse on a straight track and on a circle in the different paces.  Lunge a horse in order to develop the basic paces and balance;  Flying change two track at the different paces


Training riders and horses for competitions in the specific discipline in which the trainer is qualified.

Able to manage a large stable with all the required skills.  Manage people to enable progression and efficiency.  Manage horses to maintain health and fitness.  Manage a business to maintain economic growth.  Ability to plan training and feeding schedules for competition horses in each particular discipline.  Event management.   Maintenance of the show horse.

All teaching criteria from level 1 and 2 will be more consolidated.  Train individuals and/or groups to Reining maneuvers to the level of competitive riding on trained and young horses.  Understanding of psychophysical conditions of the sport horse.  Understanding the potential of a horse.  They will have knowledge on subjects as for example dressage training, jumping training or training students for a career in the horse industry.

Recognizing the psychophysical needs of the sport horse.  Evaluation of the potential of a sport horse.  Recognizing and solving problems which could arise with a horse during training;