Giddy up and get ready to ride! It’s time to show off your skills in the saddle.
How to earn your badge:
Show that you know how to dress safely for riding.
Explain why it’s important to wear a hard hat and the proper footwear.
Point out the main body parts of a pony or horse.
Point out the main parts of a saddle and bridle.
Learn how to approach a pony or horse correctly.
Learn how to mount and dismount a horse safely.
Show the correct way to sit in the saddle.
Show how to hold the reins correctly.
Show how to walk and trot safely in an enclosed area, without a leading rein.
Show you can do two of these skills:
- walking without stirrups
- walking on a loose rein and shortening the reins
- riding up and down a hill at walking pace
- riding over a single pole or very small fence
Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.