Horsemanship Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet

Horsemanship Merit Badge

Horsemanship Merit Badge

January, 2014

Requirements for the Horsemanship merit badge:

Do the following:
    1. Describe the safety precautions you should take when handling and caring for a horse.
    2. Describe the fire safety precautions you should take in a barn and around horses.
  1. Name 15 main parts of a horse.
  2. Name four breeds of horses. Explain the special features for which each breed is known.
  3. Describe the symptoms of colic. Name and describe four other horse health problems.
  4. Explain what conformation is and why it is important. Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness.
  5. Explain the importance of hoof care and why a horse might need to wear shoes.
  6. Demonstrate how to groom a horse, including picking hooves and caring for a horse after a ride.
  7. Explain how to determine what and how much to feed a horse and why the amount and kind of feed are changed according to the activity level and the breed of horse.
  8. Do the following:
    1. Name 10 parts of the saddle and bridle that you will use, and explain how to care for this equipment.
    2. Show how to properly saddle and bridle a horse.
    3. Demonstrate how to safely mount and dismount a horse.
  9. Explain and demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral, or field and how to tie the horse securely.
  10. On level ground, continuously do the following movements after safely mounting the horse. Do them correctly, at ease, and in harmony with the horse:
    1. Walk the horse in a straight line for 60 feet.
    2. Walk the horse in a half circle of not more than 16 feet in radius.
    3. Trot or jog the horse in a straight line for 60 feet.
    4. Trot or jog the horse in a half circle of not more than 30 feet in radius.
    5. Halt straight.
    6. Back up straight 4 paces.
    7. Halt and dismount.

Horsemanship Worksheet

 Apr 10, 2014 - Nikki Epping
Hi My name is Nikki Epping, I use to teach horsemanship for Camp Napowan in Wild Rose Wisconsin. I was just wondering if there was a way that I could continue to offer it as a program with my horses to local boyscouts/girlscouts?
I hold an associates degree in Equine Science Management and Training. Thanks for your time!
Jul 16, 2014 - Sandy
I think you should call your local scout councils to see about becoming a Merit Badge Counselor in your district.
Sep 25, 2014 - Kim Cranford
Hi!  I am a mother of a new boy scout and a graduate A pony clubber and national examiner for the United States Pony Clubs.  I was wondering if the question about what is the difference between a lameness and an unsoundness should not be the difference between lameness and a blemish?  Unsoundness and lameness are the same in my education as well a few 4H leaders I asked.  
Thanks.  Kim
Sep 25, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Kim - I'm no horse expert, but this page seems to have fairly good descriptions of lameness, blemish, and unsoundness which agree with many other web pages.
For example, blindness would be an unsoundness, but not lameness.

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