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Scouts, Brownies and Guides

We can offer fun days which will help your groups to complete relevant achievement badges. Read on for examples of what we can offer. Alternatively give our friendly education team a call on 01626 355969 or e-mail [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.

Preston School visit Apr23 2014 (2)


  • Animal Friend – Activity Badge

How to care for an animal

Tell others about the animal

Animal needs – food, habitat – space- exercise – sleeping area


  • Animal Carer Activity.

 Part one

The Cub will have looked after an animal for three months

Given correct food and learnt about common illness

Part Two

They are invited to visit a Zoo, Wildlife Park, Animal Sanctuary or Rescue Centre

Find out about the animals – What are their feeding habits, natural habitats.

  • Equestrian Activity Badge

Dress safely for riding

Points of pony/horse

Parts of tack

Approach a horse correctly

(We are unable to help with the ridden but could demonstrate the following)

Mount/Dismount – Correct position – Holding reins – Walk and Trot

Preston School visit Apr23 2014 (4)The Grove School visit Jan 15 (71)



  • Equestrian Activity Badge

Catch a pony from field or stable

Tack up


Tack clean

Basic Health issues – worms – laminitis

Grass Management – poisonous plants

Safety for riding.

How a Visit to the Sanctuary could meet this criteria

  • Tour of Yard and Stables
  • Look at Feed shed – see feed board – explain rations of feed for size,age, work etc
  • Compare the method of keeping horses in stables and in fields – observe horses in natural environment.  Talk about basic field management, worms, water, shelter.  Importance of looking out for poisonous plants
  • Daily routine
  • What has to be done on a daily basis ?
  • Mucking out – practical opportunity to try mucking out
  • Grooming – learn which brushes to use and how to groom a pony correctly
  • Cleaning tack. – Be able to name the parts of the bridle and clean tack.
  • Observe tacking up of a horse and understand the need for tack to be clean and fit properly.
  • Health care and condition – is this horse healthy.  Look at a healthy horse.  Know what to look for.  How we keep horses healthy.
  • Dress up a rider and a horse with safety equipment – know what we should wear on the roads to keep safe.