Nr. 18

Horsemanship (R-18)

Hestemærket

(Instructor Required)

The requirements for the Horsemanship Honor are as follows:

     

  1. Label on an outline drawing of a horse, or point out on a live horse a minimum of 30 different parts of a horse.
  2. Label on an outline drawing or point out on a real saddle, a minimum of 10 parts of a Western saddle and nine parts of an English saddle. Label on an outline drawing or point out on a real bridle, a minimum of six parts of a Western bridle and seven parts of an English bridle. Explain how to take care of your tack.
  3. Describe the purpose of, and wear, a riding helmet and boots (or hard soled shoes with a heal) while working around horses and riding.
  4. Describe and demonstrate three rules of safety in approaching and catching a horse.
  5. Describe and demonstrate three rules of safety in leading a horse and show where the safest place is to stand around a horse.
  6. Choose a safe place to tie a gentle horse, then demonstrate how to tie a gentle horse with a quick release manger knot, or bowline knot, demonstrating and explaining correct length of rope and height from the ground to tie at.
  7. Demonstrate and explain how to correctly groom a gentle horse.
  8. Demonstrate and explain how to safely and correctly saddle and bridle a gentle horse.
  9. Demonstrate and explain how to safely and correctly mount and dismount a gentle horse, and demonstrate a safe, well-balanced seat on a horse that is standing still.
  10. Demonstrate and explain how to safely start, stop and turn a gentle horse at walk, using leg, weight, voice and rein aids.
  11. Demonstrate and explain a correct leg-up mounting procedure on a bareback gentle horse that is standing quietly. Ride a gentle bareback horse for a minimum of 30 cumulative minutes at the walk, demonstrating good balance.
  12. Demonstrate and explain group safety consciousness while riding a gentle horse with a minimum of one other rider. Demonstrate correct spacing, reversing direction and passing other riders in an arena setting, at the walk.
  13. Negotiate a simple three element trail obstacle course set up on level ground, riding a gentle horse at the walk. Choose from:
    1. Step over log or pole, maximum height of 16"
    2. Pass between two barrels or bales of hay spaced 45" apart
    3. Zig-zag between poles set at 12 foot intervals
    4. Walk into a large key-hole (15 foot circle), turn and exit without stepping on or crossing any border line
  14. Trail ride a gentle horse at the walk for a minimum of four cumulative hours.
  15. Demonstrate and explain a minimum of three safety rules that apply to group trail rides.
Skill Level 1