Horsemanship Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet ,
lesson video links, and links to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
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|| This is the Boy Scout Horsemanship Merit Badge.|
Venturers can work on the Equestrian Ranger Award elective.
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The Horsemanship merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.
- Do the following:
- a. Describe the safety precautions you should take when handling and caring for a horse.
- b. Describe the fire safety precautions you should take in a barn and around horses.
- Name 15 main parts of a horse.
- Name four breeds of horses. Explain the special features for which each breed is known.
- Describe the symptoms of colic. Name and describe four other horse health problems.
- Explain what conformation is and why it is important. Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness.
- Explain the importance of hoof care and why a horse might need to wear shoes.
- Demonstrate how to groom a horse, including picking hooves and caring for a horse after a ride.
- 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.
- Do the following:
- a. Name 10 parts of the saddle and bridle that you will use, and explain how to care for this equipment.
- b. Show how to properly saddle and bridle a horse.
- c. Demonstrate how to safely mount and dismount 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.
- On level ground, continuously do the following movements after safely mounting the horse. Do them correctly, at ease, and in harmony with the horse:
- a. walk the horse in a straight line for 60 feet.
- b. Walk the horse in a half circle of not more than 16 feet in radius.
- c. Trot or jog the horse in a straight line for 60 feet.
- d. Trot or jog the horse in a half circle of not more than 30 feet in radius.
- e. Halt straight.
- f. Back up straight four paces.
- g. Halt and dismount.
|| The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:|
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)
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- See the Guide to Safe Scouting: Horsemanship Activities
1, 8, 9, 10, 11. ExpertVillage Horsemanship Lesson Videos & How to Ride:
Lead & Tie -
Mount & Discmount -
Rider Position -
Back up -
2. A diagram of a horse is in the Horsemanship Worksheet - Parts of a horse.
3. Popular Horse Breeds -all Horse Breeds
4. Saddle parts and care - Saddle - Bridle
5. Bathing & Grooming a horse - Hooves
6. Horse Diseases
Sports and Fitness Awards
- Hobby Awards
The Horseman Badge was one of the Original Merit Badges from the 1910 BSA Handbook. It was relabeled as the Horsemanship Merit Badge in 1911