In this project, youth take part in a wide variety of 4-H equine projects including breeding, draft, drill, driving, English & western, gymkhana, judging, miniature, trail riding, and ponies. Horses and humans interact in many ways, not only in a wide variety of sports and non-competitive recreational pursuits, but in activities like agriculture, entertainment, assisted learning and therapy. In this project, 4-H members:
- Appreciate riding as a recreation; and promote love and humane treatment of animals.
- Learn horsemanship skills and understand equestrian breeding, training and raising.
- Acquire safety skills to prevent injury to persons and animals.
State 4-H Contact: Alyssa Sankey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 750-1340.
This event is the qualifier to attend the Western National Roundup held each year in Denver, Colorado. Educational contest includes individual and team demonstrations, public speaking, horse bowl, hippology, and horse judging. The Horse Show includes English, Western, Gymkhana, and Jumping.
Equine Science Jeopardy Game
A question and answer quiz game of horse facts. You can easily copy the file and then delete/add questions/answers on this PowerPoint program.
4-H Horsemanship Proficiency Program, A Member’s Guide
This guide helps leaders and members learn what they need to know about the 4-H horse project. Through the project, you will learn horse behavior, mounting and dismounting, proper and safe techniques when handling a horse, and general riding techniques.
Horse Bowl Junior Division Study Questions
This list of questions is made available to encourage and assist younger members to participate in the horse bowl contest at the local, regional and state levels.
For up to date information on all contests visit here
All state and national horse bowl/hippology questions are drawn from these sources.
Clover Safety Fact Sheets
Safety is an important consideration in all 4-H projects, including equine.
University of California at Davis Center for Equine Health
CEH is dedicated to advancing the health, well-being, performance and veterinary care of horses through research and education.
eXtension Horse Site
This site is a national online program for horse enthusiasts.
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)
Their mission is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, and publishing educational resources. You can purchase the CHA Horsemanship Composite Manuals and other resources on this site.
Horse Learning Laboratory Kit (Ohio State University)