Scouting Badges

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Girl Scouts

Daisy Troop

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  • Ages: 5-7 (K- 1st Grade)

  • Duration: 1 hour

    • 30 minute barn talk + grooming​

    • 30 minute pony ride

  • Cost: $35/ rider​

  • Minimum: 5 riders

    • Groups of 6 or more will be split into separate time frames​

      • 5 riders maximum per time frame

  • This activity is designed for our youngest riders. 

  • The scouts will tour our facility

    • learn the essentials for proper horse care. 

    • grooming of ponies/ horses while learning good safety procedure. 

  • Following their barn talk the scouts will take a half hour pony ride,

    • lead by an adult (18 years of age or older) provided by YOU  

  • We will provide basic instruction to those adults leading the ponies and requirements for the riders.

Brownie Troop

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  • Ages: 7-9 (Grade 2- Grade 3)

  • Duration: 1 hour

    • 20 minute barn talk + grooming​

    • 40 minute riding demonstration & arena ride

  • Cost: $50/ rider​

  • Minimum: 5 riders

    • Groups of 9 or more will be split into separate time frames​

      • 8 riders maximum per time frame​

  • 20 minutes of their activity will be spend getting a tour of our facility

    • Learning the essential horse care including what they eat and how they live.

    • While out in the barn they will get hands on time with horses/ponies,

      • Learning good safety procedures and proper grooming techniques.

  • The remaining 40 minutes will include:

    • Riding demonstration:

      • How to mount and dismount a horse,

      • Proper riding position,

      • Good arena etiquette and rules

      • Riding instruction (how to start, stop, steer, and ride at a walk)

    • Then they will get to apply what they learned and give riding a horse a try. 

      • The ride will take place in our indoor riding arena only 

Junior Troop

  • Ages: 9-11 (Grade 4- Grade 5)

  • Duration: 2 hours

    • 1 hour barn talk​

    • 1 hour arena ride

  • Cost: $60/ rider​

  • Minimum: 5 riders

    • Groups of 9 or more will be split into separate time frames​

      • 8 riders maximum per time frame​

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  • One hour is spent in the barn for hands-on discussion

  • One hour in the arena taking part in a structured riding lesson. 

  • The combination of the hour barn talk and the hour arena rental completes the Horse Riding Badge for junior scouts.

  • If you’re not looking to complete the badge and the girls would rather do an hour trail ride in place of the arena ride, that option is also available. 

  • The badges are to be purchased through the Girl Scout shop we do not provide them at our facility.

  • Be sure to read the Troop Leader’s Checklist

We will teach the basics of proper posture, communication with a horse, and rhythm skills. Our first concern is always to teach control and safety. The scouts may learn to trot their horses, but that is left to the discretion of the instructor. We will not canter.

Cadette Troop

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  • Ages: 11-14 (Grade 6,7,8)

  • Duration: 3 hours

    • 1 hour office talk​

    • 1 hour barn talk

    • 1 hour arena ride

  • Cost: $70/ rider​

  • Minimum: 5

    • Groups of 9 or more will be split into separate time frames​

      • 8 riders maximum per time frame​

  • The three hour program goes more in depth about the anatomy, history, and health care of the horse. 

  • Two hours are spent in a classroom type setting

    • We will cover topics of horse anatomy, health, training, and safety​

  • One hour will be spent in the arena for a lesson

    • Our instructors may modify some of the requirements at their discretion to the ability level of the students; safety is our primary concern. 

    • If the girls would rather spend the riding portion out on the trail that option is available, the eleventh objective will not be completed.

It is the leaders’ responsibility to obtain the badges from the Girl Scout Council store. Riding helmets (not bike helmets) are required and provided by the Council at no charge for all participants who will be around horses, including adults. Scout helmets are stored at our facility.

Scouts of America

Cub Scouts

  • Ages: 7-10

  • Duration: 2 hours

    • 1 hour barn talk​

    • 1 hour arena ride

  • Cost:$60/rider​

  • Minimum: 5 riders

    • Groups of 9 or more will be split into separate time frames​

    • 8 riders maximum per time frame​

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  • Designed as a stepping stone to the Horsemanship Merit Badge,

    • One hour will be spent in the barn learning about:

      • horse safety, basic care, grooming and saddling.

    • One hour will be spent in the arena for a riding lesson

      • focusing on the basics of safe mounting/dismounting, proper posture, and good communication and rhythm skills.

Boy Scout Merit Badge

  • Ages: 10-18

  • Duration: 3 hours

    • 1 hour office talk​

    • 1 hour barn talk

    • 1 hour arena ride

  • Cost: $70/ rider​

  • Minimum: 5 riders

    • Groups of 9 or more will be split into separate time frames​

    • 8 riders maximum per time frame​

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  • Two hours will be spent in a classroom and barn setting covering the first 10 requirements

    • anatomy, health, training, and safety​​

  • One hour will be spent in the arena for a lesson completing the 11th requirement 

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  • Our instructors may modify some of the requirements at their discretion to the ability level of the students;

    • safety is our primary concern

It is the leaders’ responsibility to obtain badges from the Scout Shop. Be sure to read the Troop Leader’s Checklist at the top of the page.

The program will cover the following:

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 ride.

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. Name 10 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) Explain 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;  b) Walk horse in a straight line for 60 feet; c) Make a half circle of not more than 16 feet in radius; d) Trot at a jog or trot; 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.

*At the  discretion of the instructor.