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July 21 2020 at 7pm to 9 pm for Virtual Orientation
July 23, and 28 and 30 , 2020

Beaumont Scout Reservation | Nagel Base
5:30 pm.-9:00 pm | Cost: $60


The Horsemanship Merit Badge Skill Center provides Scouts with knowledge of how to care, groom and ride a horse. The skill center begins with an orientation session on July 21 and then is held over three date: July 23, 28, 30th. In addition to learning how to safely ride and care for horses, Scouts who earn this merit badge will gain an understanding of horse’s instincts and behaviors, as well as humane and effective methods for training horses.

Must be Scout age (11 yrs old) at the time the 2020 HMBSC starts. Recommended age is 14 or older. This program is designed for Scouts. Venturing has different requirements.

Skill Center Schedule
July 21 Orientation on Zoom 7-9 p.m.
July 23 Classroom Riding  (subject to rearranging)
Safety around horses Safely tying up a horse, grooming, saddling
Parts of a horse Mounting
Hoof care Intro to riding
Bridles and saddles Stopping and starting
July 28 Breeds of horses Stopping and starting
Horse conformations Control and turning
Feeding horses The four gates
Horse health Obstacle course
July 30 Written test Riding test

 *For safety reasons, no one can ride who is over the maximum weight limit of 250 lbs. Weight will be checked at camp. The rangers and trail guides have the responsibility to restrict any person from riding or other Horse Camp activities who may pose, in their opinion, a safety risk to themselves, others or the horses.