Cub Scout Horseback Riding

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Cub Scout Horseback Riding has been discontinued. (See Discontinued awards.)
Horseback Riding
Belt Loop and Pin
Horseback Riding Sports Belt Loop
Horseback Riding Sports Pin
(line drawing, actual pins are color)


Cub Scout Horseback Riding requirements

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners.

Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain five safety precautions for when you are near a horse.
  2. With help from an experienced horse handler, demonstrate how to safely mount and ride a horse and then how to safely dismount the horse.
  3. Go on a supervised horseback ride for at least 20 minutes. Wear an approved helmet (such as one approved for horseback riding by the ASTM, or American Society for Testing and Materials).

Sports Pin Requirements

Earn the Horseback Riding belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Learn about three famous horses. Explain why these horses were well-known.
  2. Using pictures of these different animals, explain to your den or family the difference between a horse, pony, mule, and donkey.
  3. Explain how a horse is measured and what a “hand” equals when measuring a horse.
  4. Using a picture, point out these main parts of a horse: forehead, muzzle, mane, withers, point of hip, knee, hoof, and root of tail.
  5. Describe three different breeds of horses and explain what feature makes each breed special.
  6. Using photos or pictures you have drawn,explain to your den or family at least three different ways that horses can help us.
  7. Name five things healthy for a horse’s diet.
  8. Tell why it is important to wear an approved riding helmet when you go horseback riding.
  9. Photograph or draw a picture of the saddle you used for the ride you took to earn the belt loop.
  10. With your parent or adult partner, visit a veterinarian who cares for horses. Write the answers to three questions you ask him or her.
  11. Spend at least 15 minutes before and after your ride getting to know your horse by talking calmly to it and stroking it slowly.
  12. Go on a supervised horseback ride for at least 30 minutes. Dress appropriately and show that you can safely mount and dismount the horse.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, 2010 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #637685)

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Guide to Safe Scouting restrictions

Horsemanship Activities

"Horseback riding activities are limited to Wolf Cub Scouts and older members."G2SS: Horsemanship Activities

Bear in mind though, "activities" means "Scouting functions".

On the other hand, the awards requirements plainly state:

"Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners."

Without due consideration, this may be viewed as conflicting guidance; but, it is not...

While the G2SS does, in fact, limit horseback riding at Scouting functions to Wolf Cub Scouts and older members, that does not preclude Tiger Cub Scouts from earning the Cub Scout Horseback Riding belt loop and pin —with their parent/adult partner present— in some other venue.

Note: I have submitted a request to the National Council's Health & Safety desk for any potential clarification.
Please carry any discussion over to (the Tiger Cubs section on) the talk page. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 14:54, July 22, 2010 (EDT)


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See also

Cub Scout Leader portal
Webelos Den Leader portal

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