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4-H Youth Development


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.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Horse Project FAQs

Ages 7-9

  • Practice safety and proper use of equipment around horses
  • Identify horse body parts
  • Learn the breeds of horses

Ages 10-13

  • 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

Horseless Horse

  • 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

Project Materials

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.

Horse (HO100)
Horseless Horse (HO101)

Kansas Standard of Excellence Horse Achievement Level System
The cost for each online horse level test is $5, pass or fail.  The cost for each horse riding level test is $5.  Total cost (written and riding) for a horse level must be sent to the State 4-H office along with the member's cover sheet after successful completion of the online written test.

General Horse Resources

Project Leader Resources

Related Resources - Veterinary Science

3 Year Old Projects - Nominations are due May 1!

Events and Activities

Horse Panorama
When: January 24 - 26, 2020
Where: Rock Springs 4-H Center

State 4-H Horse Judging Contest
When: March 6, 2020
Award: Trip for winning teams

District Horse Shows

Kansas 4-H State Horse Show
When: September 17 -19, 2020
Where: Hutchinson, KS

Kansas Equine Extravaganza

When: TBD

Where: Rock Springs 4-H Center


Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet

State Level
Award: Medallion

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Sponsor: Kansas 4-H Foundation 1905 Society

Career Connections