(Discover Agriculture)

By Kerry Cordy


This is a high risk badge.   Horses can be unpredictable and injury or even death can occur.  Never approach a horse without a certified, experienced adult in attendance.


Higher level requirements may be used as optional requirements with a parent’s permission when safety allows.


Preschool:  Do 3 requirements including the one starred.

_____ 1.*  Learn the safety procedures and you should follow whenever you are around horses or working with them including what you should wear.


Level 1:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*   Do Preschool requirement 1

_____ 2.*   Visit a stable. Find out from the owner/manager what is involved in the care of a horse. Find out how much and what kind of food a horse needs daily, acceptable treats for horses, everyday care for a stable, and how often a horse needs to be shod and why


Level 2:  Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Explain how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral, or field and how to tie the horse securely.


Level 3:  Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Be able to identify the withers, hooves, mane, tail, forelock, barrel, chestnut, muzzle, fetlock, knee, poll, and hock.  . Learn to identify the following horse colors:  roan, bay, palomino, paint, chestnut, dun, buckskin, pinto, flea bitten, and appaloosa.  Learn to identify the following markings:  white face, stripe, blaze, snip, star, sock, and stocking.


Level 4:  Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Learn about common horse ailments and diseases. Know the symptoms and how they are treated.


Level 5:  Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. *  Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Volunteer at a horse sanctuary or hold a fundraiser for one.

_____ 4.  Learn about careers that deal with horses.

_____ 5.  Learn the difference between a miniature horse, pony, horse, and draft horse.  Look at pictures of each or see them in person if possible.

_____ 6. Learn to identify at least 3 different breeds of horses. Know what each type of horse is generally used for.

_____ 7.  Read a fictional book about horses.

_____ 8.  Read a non-fiction book about horse care.

_____ 9.  Visit a tack shop or look through a tack catalog. Learn what items are necessary to keep your horse healthy and comfortable.  Level 3 and up– Make a list of the prices and calculate what the necessary equipment and supplies would cost.

_____ 10.  Watch a farrier trim or shoe a horse. Find out how often trimming or shoeing needs to be done, and how much it costs each time.  Is a draft horse the same cost as a miniature horse?  Level 3 and up– What adjustments are necessary according to the horse’s conformation, the season of the year, and the riding conditions?

_____ 11.  Learn the parts of the saddle and bridle. Find out how each part contributes to the comfort of both the horse and rider.  Learn how to care for tack and assist with the bridling or saddling of the horse if possible.

_____ 12.  Learn about a famous horse.

_____ 13.  Learn how to properly groom a horse, including picking the hooves,  and what each tool is used for.

_____ 14.  Learn about wild horses and what is being done to protect them.  Visit a wild horse sanctuary if possible or research one online with the permission of a parent.

_____ 15.  Learn about horse riding therapy for physically or mentally disabled people.

_____ 16.  Learn about how horses are measured and what “hands high” means.   What are the height requirements for a miniature horse, a pony, a horse and a draft horse?


Websites:  These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their content. Please do not surf the internet without your parent’s permission.

Great list of horse links for kids
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