Our two to three hour program (held rain or shine) covers the requirements for the Horse Fan and Horse Rider badges. Our instructors are friendly and knowledgeable and will encourage interaction with the scouts. The first hour is spent with a hands-on discussion followed with another hour in the arena taking part in a structured riding lesson. Scouts must be at least 7 years old. We request a 5 person minimum to hold the program. The cost is $15.00 per scout. Be sure to read the Troop Leader's Checklist at the bottom of the page.
The program will cover the following:
1. What is involved in the care of the horse?
2. What kind of food does a horse eat?
3. How do you care for a horse?
4. How often is a horse shod and why?
5. Examine the tools used to groom a horse.
6. Learn the purpose and how to use the tools.
7. Discover safe practices around horses.
8. Learn how to lead a horse.
9. Learn to mount and dismount, start, stop, steer, and ride at a walk and maybe progress to a trot.
10. Know safe riding rules.
11. Know good riding manners.
12. Know safe clothing, and gear for English or Western riding.
13. Learn the parts of a saddle and bridle.
14. Learn how to take care of tack.
15. Watch and participate in a horse being saddled and bridled.
16. Learn the use of each piece of tack.
17. Learn the basics of proper posture.
18. Learn communication with a horse, and rhythm skills.
Our first concern is always to teach control and safety. The scouts may learn to trot their horses, but that is left to the discretion of the instructor. We will not canter. It is the leaders' responsibility to obtain the badges from the Girl Scout Council store. Riding helmets (not bike helmets) are required and provided to all participants who will be around the horses.
Troop Leader’s Checklist
1. Make a reservation at LEAST two weeks in advance. Send in a deposit check ($75) to hold the reservation.
2. Distribute liability waiver forms and have them signed by parent/guardian upon arrival. (consent, release and waiver forms may be printed from our website, StridesofStrength.org)
3. Call Beth, (803)374-6255, at least 7 days in advance with your final numbers.
4. Helmets are available at the stable.
5. Inform participants of appropriate apparel (solid-soled shoes or boots and long pants (hat, gloves, and warm coats for winter rides).
6. Give parents detailed directions and instructions to arrive and meet you.
7. For the day of the ride:
Be sure to arrive BEFORE your troop.
Gather permission slips and payment.
Check in at the barn at least twenty minutes before scheduled program.
We need the total number of riders and payment balance in one lump sum (cash or check).
Strides of Strength Therapeutic Riding
2717 Gaston Farm Rd
Chester, SC 29706
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