Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Horsemanship Merit Badge






  1. Do the following:
        A. Describe the safety precautions you should take when handling and caring for a horse.
        B. Explain and demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral, or field and
              how to tie the horse securely.
        C. Demonstrate how to safely mount and ride a horse and how to safely dismount the horse after your
  2. Name 15 main parts of a horse.
  3. Name four leading breeds of horses. Explain the special features for which each breed is known.
  4. Show how to care for a Western and English saddle and bridle. Name10 parts of the saddle and bridle that you will use.
  5. Show how to groom, pick out hooves, prepare a horse for a ride, and care for a horse after a ride.
  6. Describe the symptoms of colic. Describe four other horse health problems.
  7. Name three main conformation faults of the feet and legs, and explain how to detect them. Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness.
  8. Explain how to trim and shoe a horse's foot and how to make adjustments according to its conformation, the season of the year, and the riding conditions.
  9. Demonstrate the correct way to feed a horse. Explain how you determined what and how much to feed the horse and why the amount and kind of feed will be changed according to activity level and the kind of horse it is.
  10. Show how to saddle and bridle a horse.
  11. On level ground, continuously do the following movements. Do them correctly, at ease, and in harmony with the horse:
        A. Mount the horse.
        B. Walk the horse in a straight line for 60 feet.
        C. Make a half circle of not more than 16 feet in radius.
        D. Trot or jog in a straight line for at least 60 feet.
        E. Make a half circle of not more than 30 feet in radius at a jog or trot.
        F. Halt straight.
        G. Back up straight four paces.
        H. Halt and dismount.

Horsemanship Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.