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  • Studying for the HB rating- Update!

    I figured since last year I got such great advice on the C2 that I should ask about the HB now. I'm taking it August 6th and to be honest, I just started studying for it in earnest. I have the Pony Club cards, but I'm trying to decide what would be the best way to study them. Usually if I make flash cards for school I have the question or word on one side and the answer on the back. I could write on the back of these, but some of them pose several questions on one card. Should I just make duplicates of the whole stack? Use PowerPoint? Quizlet.com?

    This rating is definitely stressing me out!
    Last edited by KBG Eventer; Aug. 7, 2010, 10:50 PM.
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    Hey. Good for you for taking the HB. And no worries, i literally studied for my HA maybe a week or two ahead of time and passed most of it (i just had to retake two sections, that i passed later!).

    What I found the most helpful was reading articles on thehorse.com or utilizing the resources used by i think it is middle california region. They have their you-know-what together. Everything is organized by different sections - study notes, articles, etc. I found this was most helpful when trying to keep things straight. Like if you had a specific situation for influenza or strangles, it stuck better. I can't remember the exact web address, but if you search their website - it is sure to be there.

    Also what i found helpful was a "study guide" some of the examiners had written and presented at a USPC convention. I found that via google.

    http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...HB+study+guide

    Ha! I found most of it. Just search the internet a little, buy a bunch of snacks and caffeine and there you go!

    But what is MOST IMPORTANT is to practice. Have a "mock rating" and go through things with an older PCber or someone who knows the standard and take the test. First do it in sections, then do the entire thing with this person.

    Lastly - so much of it is practical, so don't just hide away in the house studying. Go out to a busy barn/ go out to a barn when you know the vet/farrier/dentist/chiropractor/trainer is coming and ask questions. Watch your coach give lessons. Are you seeing what they see? I thought I was being annoying, but most of these people loved explaining what they do and why they do it!

    And if there is one section that you are sticky with, or want to learn more about - don't hesitate to find some article or book about it. (for instance, laminitis... i found a great book about all the different shoeing solutions for it, and was able to teach my examiner about them!).

    If i can think of anything else, I'll add more later

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      #3
      Woah! Thank you x1000 DGE.

      The Mid-CA page is SO organized and helpful. They ARE on top of things!
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      • #4
        The thing that helped me the most was making a study guide. And I am not talking about a measly sheet of paper... my study guide filled a 1" binder to the point of the rings popping open and the pockets splitting from the binder. I got tab dividers and made a section for each category listed on the test sheet (be SURE to reference the test sheet, and not just the cards. I know a girl who thought everything was on the cards and failed her test because she hadn't studied about half the information). Then, just go through and type up everything you could possibly say about the topic. That way, when you are quizzing yourself or having someone else listen to you, there is an easy way to check that your answers are right- heck, I even refer to my study guide every once in a while now! It really is an excellent resource. Plus, if you go over-the-top on details, it will be nothing but helpful for the HB AND you can use the same study guide for the HA without having to edit too much.

        The cards are really your best bet other than that- after you've gone through and typed everything up, you should find that you don't need to write it on the back of the card... most of it should stick in your brain after you read it, write it, and read it again. If it doesn't, then have your study guide for reference.

        You can also make some of your own cards, which is something that really helped me for sections like poisonous plants.

        Good luck! The HB is really not as challenging as you think it will be. The knowledge is all very practical and is stuff that you probably deal with more than you realize. Most of your jitters will come from taking your first national test (assuming you aren't a C+, lol).

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        • #5
          For the HB, if you can answer all the questions on your cards, you'll be ok. I wrote the answers on the backs of the cards, for the ones that fit into that format. Make sure a national examiner (if you have one available) or an older PCer who has taken the rating checks over your conditioning schedule, record book and lesson plan. Know your poisonous plants - you can make flashcards with the picture on the front and the name & information on the back.

          Good luck! Some of the stuff on the cards is sort of obscure, especially in the tack section. You can look a lot of it up online, but if you draw a card at the rating and they don't have the piece of tack, you will get to draw another card.

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          • #6
            Just to be clear, the cards do not cover all the sections. It may sound simple, but read the standard carefully. Practice your teaching and taking the vital signs, plus look at teeth, practice the shoe removal.
            Where are you taking it?
            www.ncsporthorse.com

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            • #7
              I took my HB two years ago and did not pass because of the conditioning schedule. Whatever you do, DO NOT follow the guidelines the USPC sends to you for the conditioning schedule.

              I followed it, thinking it was a general workout that I had to put together to have fit, healthy horses, and when I went to my testing the examiner laughed in my face, basically. She wanted something that "If I were to be abducted by aliens, she would be able to pick up exactly where I was and continue the program as if nothing had happened."

              Also, you have to tailor it to your horse, so if you have a heavier horse, what might you do different than having a thoroughbred who is easy to keep fit? My examiners issue was that I had a conditioning schedule meant for a horse going prelim, but I wasn't competing at that level. Even though I explained to that I liked to have my horses more fit, she wouldn't hear it.

              Know the HB cards inside and out! Ask your pony club if they will order a copy so you can study!
              Good Luck!

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                #8
                I'm confused about the cards. I thought they use the cards during the rating? Like for nutrition, each person chooses a grain, a hay, and bedding to "identify and evaluate" it addressing availability, cost, pros/cons, etc. Then each person draws an A card (Nutrient) and two B cards (Rules of Feeding). What information is not in the cards? I'm making a study guide too, but I'm going to use the cards as well. I bought them two years ago while I was at the KHP for a rally.

                eSpresso, I think the way you are describing what the examiner said is how PC explains the conditioning schedule but maybe I'm confused. My horse was sick, and I will only have 6 weeks when he comes home this weekend. So I talked to my DC, and my plan right now is just start riding my horse and keep track of what I'm doing with him on a calendar. I'm going to make a plan with my vet and trainer. He was fit before this, but he lost a lot of muscle. It's probably not going to be a "normal" Novice/Training level schedule. And the last two weeks will just have to be what I'm *planning* to do with him.

                The rating is in Birmingham, AL.
                T3DE Pact

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KBG Eventer View Post
                  I'm confused about the cards. I thought they use the cards during the rating? Like for nutrition, each person chooses a grain, a hay, and bedding to "identify and evaluate" it addressing availability, cost, pros/cons, etc. Then each person draws an A card (Nutrient) and two B cards (Rules of Feeding). What information is not in the cards? I'm making a study guide too, but I'm going to use the cards as well. I bought them two years ago while I was at the KHP for a rally.
                  They do use the cards for the test, and there is no extra information you will be expected to know from any section that has cards. However, there are certain things that you need to know that do not have cards (for example, how to fit a bridle, toxic plants, and various other things). Everything you will be tested over is in the test sheet, but it might not be in the cards.

                  eSpresso, I think the way you are describing what the examiner said is how PC explains the conditioning schedule but maybe I'm confused. My horse was sick, and I will only have 6 weeks when he comes home this weekend. So I talked to my DC, and my plan right now is just start riding my horse and keep track of what I'm doing with him on a calendar. I'm going to make a plan with my vet and trainer. He was fit before this, but he lost a lot of muscle. It's probably not going to be a "normal" Novice/Training level schedule. And the last two weeks will just have to be what I'm *planning* to do with him.
                  I agree with eSpresso- do NOT follow the conditioning schedule that USPC sends you. I was given the sample schedule from a national examiner as a "what-not-to-do," and told that if I showed up at a national test with that, there was no way I would meet standards. Luckily, I already had a pretty in-detail conditioning schedule and didn't have to change anything, and I got exceeds. So you don't have to follow any PC formula to do well on the test.

                  You do, however, HAVE to have a conditioning schedule for the time specified (I think it's 8 weeks). There was a kid at my test who had only had his horse back in work for five weeks before the test because of a suspensory injury. Since he only came with five weeks worth of information, he didn't pass. What I did, and what the examiners told him to do, was to make a hypothetical schedule. In an ideal situation, how would you best prepare your horse for a hypothetical rally, event, etc? Make an eight-week plan with your competition at the end, and be sure you specify in your introduction that the schedule is for a hypothetical horse (which does make it a bit harder to make TPR changers, but you can just use old ones from your horse developing fitness or make educated guesses about how much the horse's TPRs would probably change.) Since you have one with your last two weeks planned out, it might be fine, but I would ask a NE before your test to see if it is alright. You might want to be safe and come with a backup hypothetical schedule just in case.

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                  • #10
                    On the conditioning schedule - just make it hypothetical. It's easier that way. I almost failed the conditioning schedule, but re-wrote it during the lunch break because I wanted to pass that day (you can fail up to 3 sections, I think, and be given the opportunity to re-test at the discretion of the examiners).

                    Write a sample conditioning schedule now, and have an examiner or HB/HA Pcer review it for you. I also have a sample one I can email you if you PM me.

                    The things that aren't in the cards are pretty basic (TPR, fitting a bridle, knowing how to pull a shoe but not actually doing it, the groundschool lesson). All those things are in the standard. So, basically, make sure you can do everything on the standard, and know answers for all the cards.

                    The main thing about the HB is maturity and being sure of yourself, as well as being prepared. If you're weak on a few points, you'll be ok, especially if you are very strong in other areas.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, we use the cards during the rating. What I am saying is something are not on cards, like the principal bones, tendons and ligaments of the legs, TPR, Shoe removal. Check the standards.
                      Does that clear that question up for you?
                      In the PC info there is a conditioning RECORD, not a SCHEDULE. You need a schedule for 8 weeks.
                      www.ncsporthorse.com

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by shea'smom View Post
                        Yes, we use the cards during the rating. What I am saying is something are not on cards, like the principal bones, tendons and ligaments of the legs, TPR, Shoe removal. Check the standards.
                        Does that clear that question up for you?
                        In the PC info there is a conditioning RECORD, not a SCHEDULE. You need a schedule for 8 weeks.
                        Thank you! I understand now. I'm still a little confused about the whole conditioning thing, but I'm starting to understand it better. What you just said cleared it up a whole lot for me...schedule not record...got it.
                        T3DE Pact

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                        • #13
                          Also, have you looked at the Upper Level section of the ponyclub.org website? Lot's of good info there.
                          www.ncsporthorse.com

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by shea'smom View Post
                            Also, have you looked at the Upper Level section of the ponyclub.org website? Lot's of good info there.
                            Yes, I have. It's a good source. I just printed out a whole bunch of stuff from Middle CA's website as well.

                            Thanks for the help everyone!
                            T3DE Pact

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DefyingGravityEventing View Post
                              Hey. Good for you for taking the HB. And no worries, i literally studied for my HA maybe a week or two ahead of time and passed most of it (i just had to retake two sections, that i passed later!).
                              Sure am glad we have the retest now...

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                                #16
                                ***6/7***

                                I passed except for one part- imitating shoe removal. And that was borderline. I don't know if this is standard, but they said they would tell us if we had failed a section at the end of it. Well, initially I passed, but she later changed it. I completely understand her reasons although it was still a bit of a bummer. It's an easy retake!

                                Okay, it was VERY stressful and nervewracking for me at times studying for this, but I also liked this rating the best in some ways. National ratings and especially the HB seem much different. Plus, I got along great with the other candidates, I loved the PIP and 2nd Examiner, and the organizer did a really good job. It was a fun group!

                                I got 4 Exceeds Standards: different types of shoes (An ES and a DNMS in the same section! ), diseases and parasites, nutrition, and teeth.

                                Thanks for the help!
                                T3DE Pact

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by KBG Eventer View Post
                                  eSpresso, I think the way you are describing what the examiner said is how PC explains the conditioning schedule but maybe I'm confused. My horse was sick, and I will only have 6 weeks when he comes home this weekend. So I talked to my DC, and my plan right now is just start riding my horse and keep track of what I'm doing with him on a calendar. I'm going to make a plan with my vet and trainer. He was fit before this, but he lost a lot of muscle. It's probably not going to be a "normal" Novice/Training level schedule. And the last two weeks will just have to be what I'm *planning* to do with him.
                                  It doesn't matter what your horse is currently doing. You can make a conditioning schedule for when your horse is in full work, or you can make one legging your horse up again. However it sounds as though you are on the right track, seeking help from your vet and trainer to build your horse up. Just make sure you can EXPLAIN EVERYTHING to the examiners!

                                  I know one girl at my HB rating made a conditioning scchedule, and also grabbed a calendar and recorded on the calendar what she actually did that day, if she tweaked the schedule because the horse was sore, or she only had a limited amount of time at the barn, etc. On her fitness/ gallop days she would jump off mid ride, check pulse and respiration, and continue on. I don't remember if she did recovery rate, but it's an idea.


                                  ETA: Didn't read the last posts and realized you did your rating! Good job!
                                  Last edited by eSpresso; Aug. 8, 2010, 09:50 AM. Reason: didn't realize you already did your rating!

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                                  • #18
                                    KGB, good for you!
                                    www.ncsporthorse.com

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                                    • #19
                                      Im in Middle California region, and its true, we do have our **** together Anyhow, I am doing my HB this weekend PANICKING!!!! Im solid on tack, diseases, parasites, and shoeing. I am restudying and cramming in conformation, teeth, and especially ANATOMY!!!!! Any helpful hints, etc?????

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                                      • #20
                                        NO panicking! Just symplify the studying and make sure you have every section covered. If you have any specific questions, ask. I am doing the HA there, so maybe we will meet!
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