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Do ten of the following, including the italicized requirements:
- Saddle and bridle a horse correctly and explain correct fitting. Name the different parts of the saddle and bridle you use and locate the principal points of a horse.
Demonstrate and explain mounting and dismounting; correct position in the saddle at a walk, trot, and canter. Demonstrate ability to dismount quickly and to ride without stirrups. Demonstrate and explain the use of the aids (hands, weight, and legs) in riding at a walk, trot, and canter; with turns and stops. Give specifications for feeding and watering a horse and state how these vary according to conditions. Explain the daily routine care of a horse and know the approximate cost of upkeep.
- Hitch a horse at correct height when bridled, with and without a regular halter, using a suitable knot and correct length of rope. Explain how to tie a group of horses during stops on a trip; how to lead a horse while riding another.
- Name the implements used for grooming a horse. Demonstrate use of each.
Know what constitutes good equestrian etiquette. Explain safety regulations when riding in company, in traffic, and on macadam roads. Explain how to detect and remove a stone from a horse’s foot; how a horse should be shod and why. Describe the different types of shoes.
- Draw, with dimensions, a plan of a stall practical for a particular location, including types of flooring; ventilation, exposure; lighting; material used; drainage; and place for water, feed, and salt.
- Tell your troop something about the history and development of the horse and the special breeds of horses existing today. Find out any special facts, including the breeding, training, and distinctive features of the horses used in your community, such as police horses, cavalry horses, race horses.
Go to a horse show, rodeo, gymkhana, stud farm, famous stables, or track. Be able to identify types of horses you might see there.
- Read at least one book about a horse, or go to a movie featuring a horse. Prepare a book or magazine exhibit, or a booklist on horses, for the use of your troop.
Take part in one of the following: (a), all-day cross-country ride; (b), breakfast or supper ride; (c), riding drill or demonstration; (d), horse show; (e), gymkhana; (f), a moonlight ride.
- Visit a harness shop or obtain a harness catalog, and become acquainted with the different types of saddles, bridles, and bits. Find out the advantage of each type and know the approximate cost of the outfits.
- Illustrate by demonstration or pictures the correct dress for riding for various occasions in your own locality and for different parts of the country. If you do not own a riding habit, list what you would select and why.
- Learn from a veterinarian the common ailments or diseases of horses in this and other countries.