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HORSEMANSHIP MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Horsemanship Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Horsemanship Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

HORSEMANSHIP MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Horsemanship Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Proper riding attire and footwear (no tennis shoes or sandals - shoe should have some sort of hard heel)

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. 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.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to describe their findings as a part of individual / groups discussion in the class.

 

2. Name the 15 main parts of a horse.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement at the class.

 

3. Name four breeds of horses. Explain the special features for which each breed is known.

Scouts will need to show the counselor that they have done their preparation work for the class on this requirement by naming four breeds of horses and what makes each breed unique.  Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending but will be required to be active in the class in order to receive full credit.  Preparation ahead of time on this requirement is vital.

 

4. Describe the symptoms of colic. Name and describe four other horse health problems.

Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor and Scouts should be prepared to discuss their findings.  Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must describe symptoms and health problems they identify in their research for this requirement. Scouts WILL be required to partake in group and/or individual discussion to obtain credit for completion of this requirement.

 

5. Explain what conformation is and why it is important.  Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness.

Scouts are strongly encouraged to use the Scoutmaster Bucky Horsemanship Merit Badge Workbook to help organize their answers to this multi-part requirement.  Scouts should formulate their answers from information they find in the Merit Badge Pamphlet and other sources.  Scouts should be prepared to explain their findings in the class.

 

6. Explain the importance of hoof care and why a horse might need to wear shoes.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to explain.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for explanation of this requirement.

 

7. Demonstrate how to groom a horse, including picking hooves and caring for a horse after a ride.

Scouts will be taught the basics of this requirement in the class and will then have an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding in the class.

 

8. 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.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to explain their findings.  The counselor will cover this requirement in the class, however it is recommended that Scouts make sure they are able to explain in their own words the answer to this requirement.

 

9. 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.

Scouts should review the parts of a saddle prior to the class.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts use the Scoutmaster Bucky Horsemanship Merit Badge Workbook to make notes on what they find for this requirement.  These notes will help insure Scouts are able to completely finish this requirement on the day of the class.  Requirements 9b and 9c will be covered by the counselor in the class and all Scouts will have an opportunity to "show" and "demonstrate" the components to complete this requirement.

 

10. Explain and demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral, or field and how to tie the horse securely.

While Scouts will have an opportunity to demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse as well as tie a horse securely, Scouts should make sure they understand the concepts involved in performing these tasks prior to the class.

 

11. 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.

These requirements will be completed during the class.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015