Pony Club Badge Program Requirements

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Pony Club Badge Lesson Plan

  1. Session 1 – Horse Parts  (Getting to know about horses) To be able to properly identify the parts of a mount and to properly describe a mount’s marking, coloring and height.
    • GOALS – Name 20 parts of a horse; Locate 15 parts of a horse; Name and describe 6 horse colors; Describe how to measure a horse.
    • Reading – Manual: p.231-235
  2. Session 2 – Tack (Saddles, bridles & Pony Club attire) To be able to properly identify the parts of a bridle and saddle and to safely tack and untack a mount.
    • GOALS – Name 10 parts of a saddle; Name 5 parts of a bridle; Know 2 reasons for cleaning tack; Tack up and untack a mount; List 3 examples of unsafe tack.
    • Reading – Manual p.148-156 &  p.248-262
  3. Session 3 – Horse Handling (Haltering, Leading and Tying) To be able to properly and safely halter, lead and tie a mount.
    • GOALS – Approach a mount safely and put on a halter; Lead a mount correctly and safely; Demonstrate walk-halt-walk transitions in hand; Lead a mount safely into and out of a stall; Tie a mount in an appropriate place with a quick release knot.
    • Reading – Manual p.132-145
  4. Session 4 – Grooming  (Why and how-to) To be able to properly groom a mount in a safe manner.
    • GOALS – Identify 5 tools used for grooming, describing what each is used for; Demonstrate god usage of these 5 tools, including a hoof pick; Secure a mount with a “quick release” or “safety knot”.
    • Reading – Manual p.141-144 & p.169-173
  5. Session 5 – Feeding (Hay, Diet, Supplements and Hay nets) To be able to correctly and safely water and feed a balanced diet.
    • GOALS – Know and demonstrate how to give a treat to a mount safely; Know 5 basic rules for feeding; Know how to give water, grain, and hat to a mount; Be able to recognize three types of feed.
    • Reading – Manual p.186-193
  6. Session 6 – Shoeing (Farrier, shoeing and hoof maintenance) To be able to demonstrate a knowledge of healthy hoof maintenance and its importance.
    • GOALS – Be able to clean out a mount’s hoof safely; Recognize a mount that needs shoeing; Name 5 farrier tools; Identify what to look for in a newly shod hoof; Know reasons for daily foot care.
    • Reading – Manual p.199-207
  7. Session 7 – Health Care (Veterinarians, dentists, massage etc.) To be able to describe a healthy mount and one that needs help, understand the role of a veterinarian, and regular health maintenance of a mount.
    • GOALS – Know what a veterinarian does; Give some signs of a health mount; Give some symptoms of sick or injured pony for which to seek help; Know why and how often to de-worm; Know some standard vaccinations every mount should have.
    • Reading – Manual p.210-216
  8. Session 8 – Boots & Bandages (How and when to apply) To understand the protective nature of boots and bandages and how and when to apply them.
    • GOALS – Recognize 3 types of bandages and when to use each; Give 2 reasons why to bandage a mount’s legs; Describe critical areas protected by shipping bandages or boots; Recognize 3 types of protective boots; Apply 1 type of protective boot.
    • Reading – Manual p.216-218
  9. Session 9 – Tack & Turnout (Everyday, Informal, Formal) To be able to properly present oneself and his/her mount.
    • GOALS – Ride in safe and neat attire; Mount neatly brushed, feet picked out; Tack clean, safe and correctly adjusted; Describe formal and informal attire.
    • Reading – Manual p.253-276 &  p.283-295
  10. Session 10 – Stable & Management (Tools, Cleaning, Water & Grain) & Turnout) To be able to properly and safely care for a mount in a stall.
    • GOALS – Describe use for 3 barn tools; Demonstrate how to clean and bed a stall, giving reasons for each step; Demonstrate how to hang water and grain in a stall; Discuss use of a hay net and danger of improper use; Discuss importance of a stall card and what should be on one.
    • Reading – Manual p.176-180