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.
Every individual who undertakes an activity badge should face a similar degree of challenge and as a result some requirements may need to be adapted. It is completely acceptable to change some of the requirements of the badges to allow individuals to access the badge (for example where there are special needs, cultural issues, or religious considerations to take into account) and the requirements outlined for activity badges do allow for some flexibility in order to obtain the badge. If you would like help or advice when considering adapting the requirements of a badge please contact UK Headquarters.