Love horses? Then this project is for you! You will have the opportunity to learn, handle, care for and ride horses. Members may own or lease a horse, but must manage the horse 75% of the time, whether owned or leased.
Horseless horse members do not own or lease a horse. 4-H members participate by learning about horses and can participate in judging contests, quiz bowl, hippology, and give presentations. Horseless horse members may volunteer to assist with horse shows and trail rides.
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Things to Learn/Do in the Project
Horse Project FAQs
- Practice safety and proper use of equipment around horses
- Identify horse body parts
- Learn the breeds of horses
- Learn about grooming
- Learn how to bridle and saddle a horse
- Learn how to judge and give oral reasons
Ages 14 and Older
- How to detect unsoundness in horses
- Learn to identify and treat equine diseases
- Learn about ethics and competition
- Learn basic coat colors, breeds and anatomy
- Study horse health, unsoundness and blemishes
- Visit a stable or farm
- Participate in judging, quiz bowls, hippology and public presentation contests
Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.
- Giddy Up & Go (ages 7-8)
- Head, Heart and Hooves (ages 9-11)
- Stable Relationships (ages 12-14)
- Riding the Range (ages 12-14)
- Jumping to New Heights (ages 15+)
Project Leader Resources
Related Resources - Veterinary Science
- From Airdales to Zebras (ages 7-10)
- All Systems Go (ages 11-13)
- On the Cutting Edge (ages 14+)
- Veterinary Science Helper's Guide
- Nebraska 4-H Veterinary Science
3 Year Old Projects - Nominations are due May 1!
Awards and Recognition
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Sponsor: Kansas 4-H Foundation 1905 Society