BSA Supply No. 35909
In addition to learning how to safely ride and care for horses, Scouts who earn this merit badge will gain an understanding of the instincts and behaviors of horses and humane and effective methods for training horses.
- Do the following:
- Describe the safety precautions you should take when handling and caring for a horse.
- Explain and demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral,
or field and how to tie the horse securely.
- Demonstrate how to safely mount and ride a horse and how to safely dismount the
horse after your ride.
- Name 15 main parts of a horse.
- Name four leading breeds of horses. Explain the special features for which each
breed is known.
- Show how to care for a Western and English saddle and bridle. Name 10 parts of the
saddle and bridle that you will use.
- Show how to groom, pick out hooves, prepare a horse for a ride, and care for a horse
after a ride.
- Describe the symptoms of colic. Describe four other horse health problems.
- Name three main conformation faults of the feet and legs, and explain how to detect
them. Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness.
- Explain how to trim and shoe a horse's foot and how to make adjustments according
to its conformation, the season of the year, and the riding conditions.
- Demonstrate the correct way to feed a horse. Explain how you determined what and
how much to feed the horse and why the amount and kind of feed will be changed according
to activity level and the kind of horse it is.
- Show how to properly saddle and bridle a horse.
- On level ground, continuously do the following movements. Do them correctly, at
ease, and in harmony with the horse.
- Mount the horse.
- Walk the horse in a straight line for 60 feet.
- Make a half-circle of not more than 16 feet in radius.
- Trot or jog in a straight line for at least 60 feet.
- Make a half-circle of not more than 30 feet in radius at a jog or trot.
- Halt straight.
- Back up straight four paces.
- Halt and dismount.
Fieldbook; Animal Science, Mammal Study, and Veterinary Medicine merit badge pamphlets
- Bennett-Talbot, Betty. Games on Horseback. Storey Books, 1999.
- Edwards, Elwyn. The New Encyclopedia of the Horse. DK, 2001.
- Haas, Jessie. Safe Horse, Safe Rider. Storey Books, 1994.
- Harris, Susan. United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Basics for Beginners. Howell Book House, 1994.
- Hayes, Karen. Hands-On Horse Care. Trafalgar Square Press, 1997.
- Henderson, Carolyn. The New Book of Saddlery and Tack. Sterling, 2002.
- Hill, Cherry. Horse Handling and Grooming. Storey Books, 1997.
- Ramey, David. Concise Guide to Nutrition in the Horse. Hungry Minds, 1998.
- Rodenas, Paul. Random House Book of Horses and Horsemanship. Random House, 1997.
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Organizations and Web Sites
International Equestrian News Network
P.O. Box 227
Marshfield Hills, MA 02051
Web site: http://www.horsenews.com
The United States Pony Clubs
4041 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511-8462
Web site: http://www.ponyclub.org
National Reining Horse Association
3000 NW 10th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107-5302
Web site: http://www.nrha.com
United States Dressage Federation
220 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 510
Lexington, KY 40503
Web site: http://www.usdf.org
United States Equestrian Team (USET)
Pottersville Road P.O. Box 355
Gladstone, NJ 07934
Web site: http://www.uset.com
United States Eventing Association
525 Old Waterford Road NW
Leesburg, VA 20176
Web site: http://www.eventingusa.com
4047 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511-8483
Web site: http://www.equestrian.org
Pony of the Americas Club
5240 Elmwood Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Web site: http://www.poac.org