The 4-H Horse Program focuses on many difference equine science aspects including nutrition, management, riding, driving, and horsemanship. Horseback riding and driving provides an outdoor sports fitness program for physical, personal, and emotional development - including confidence building while having fun. Projects are available for youth owning or having access to horses - as well as youth not having access to horses. There are many educational activities and contests that are hosted throughout the 4-H year.
The primary objective of Horse Bowl is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H to demonstrate their knowledge of equine related subject matter in a friendly and fair competitive setting. The contest uses a quiz bowl format and allows the youth to test their equine knowledge in a fun and exciting game.
The primary objective of Hippology is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H to demonstrate their knowledge of and reasoning ability in equine science and management in a friendly and fair competitive setting. The contest uses a hands on format where youth visit different stations pertaining to the various areas of equine science.
The primary objective of Horse Judging is to provide an opportunity to recognize youth enrolled in 4-H that demonstrate outstanding knowledge of equine conformation and performance. Also taking into consideration outstanding skill in the presentation of oral explanations based on their placings of the equines used in the contest. The contest uses live horses showing in mock classes that include both halter and performance type classes.
The primary objective of Horse Communications is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H to practice and test their public speaking skills. 4-H youth choose their own topic, research and create their presentation in one of three communications categories (Individual, Team or Public Speaking).
Last updated February 23, 2023