The Horsemanship Merit Badge is a rather easy to do merit badge but the tough part is having a horse, or access to a horse, in order to accomplish a couple of the requirements.

If you like the Horsemanship Merit Badge, consider also Animal Science, Pets or even Veterinary Medicine.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Sunday October 4, 2014

Andover, MN


16 Scouts

Sunday April 7, 2012

Andover, MN


15 Scouts

Sunday April 17, 2011

Andover, MN


12 Scouts

Saturday April 16, 2011

Andover, MN


11 Scouts

Saturday May 8, 2010

Andover, MN


6 Scouts

Saturday May 9, 2009

Andover, MN


28 Scouts

Saturday April 18, 2009

Andover, MN


30 Scouts








Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Horsemanship Merit Badge History Page:

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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


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.


2. Name the 15 main parts of a horse.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015