BANDAGING & RUGS
To be able to put on stable bandages, a tail bandage, a rug and roller and a New Zealand rug.
BLUE CROSS EQUINE WELFARE MERIT
Awarded to Members who have attained 10 welfare-related badges: Bandaging & Rugs, Care of the Horse’s Foot, Feeding, First Aid (Equine), Handling & Grooming, Lorinery, Mucking Out, Perfect Paddock, Saddlery and Shoeing.
CARE OF THE HORSES FOOT
To know something of the structure of the horses foot, the need for daily care and some knowledge of the trimming and shoeing process.
To understand simple countryside access law in your country and be able ride confidently and competently in the countryside.
To be able to place the letters in, and know the dimensions, of both a long and short arena.
To be able to deal with ponies in and around the stable according to their behaviour and understand how and why they behave as they do under certain circumstances.
Created in conjunction with BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association). To know what to look for in a correctly fitting Riding Hat & Body Protector and understand the importance of correctly adjusting the jaw and back straps on hats. To know when to replace and how to care for safety equipment. To be able to carry out safety checks on tack.
To know the basic rules of feeding and to be able to recognise different.
FIRST AID (EQUINE)
To know how to treat minor wounds and illness. To be able to recognise signs of good/ill health and know about the necessary protection against Tetanus, Flu and Worms.
HANDLING & GROOMING
To be able to run up a pony in hand and to tie it up safely. To be able to identify and use all grooming utensils correctly.
To be able to load/unload a pony, with assistance, safely into/out of a trailer or horsebox.
Aimed at a higher level candidate, this badge looks at all aspects of Lorinery from pre-bitting considerations to bit manufacture.
Members must show the ability to sit straight and in balance while on the lunge in walk and trot, with and without reins and stirrups. They should be able to show some simple suppling exercises on the move and rising trot without stirrups.
To be able to name and use stable tools to muck out and to talk about different types of bedding.
To be able to identify British breeds of horses and ponies, where they originate and their physical characteristics.
To know what your pony needs from his paddock, from topics such grass type, fencing and poisonous plants.
To know the principles of plaiting a mane and tail, know occasions when the horse/pony should be plaited and recognise a well plaited mane and tail.
POINTS OF THE HORSE
To know the points of the horse, colours and markings.
For Members aged 12 years and over. To have a basic understanding of the work of the Riding for the Disabled Association and volunteer on four occasions at a local RDA Group.
To be able to apply the ‘Green Cross Code’ and Highway Code as a road user. For more information and examiners notes, go to the Instructor Resources page.
To be able to name the parts of, and put on a saddle and a snaffle bridle, know about the care and cleaning of same. Be able to identify common bits, i.e. Eggbut/Loose-ring Snaffle, Pelham etc
To be aware of the security issues related to keeping horses and relevant crime prevention methods.
To know the indications that a pony needs the farrier, what to look for in a newly shod foot, and to know the blacksmith’s tools.
To know the equipment needed, the importance of a clean bit and be able to undertake a daily and weekly clean.