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Horse Project

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Are You Into It? 

Horses are an exciting 4-H project area because you can participate whether you own a horse or not! Discover all the aspects of raising and riding horses.

  • Appreciate riding as recreation
  • Learn horsemanship skills and understand breeding, training, and raising of horses as a business
  • Acquire skills in horse management by owning and being responsible for an animal
  • Acquire safety skills to prevent injury to persons and animals

Here's What You Can Do All Year! 

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Take Horses Further! 

Here are other opportunities to explore Horses:

  • Attend a horse show, rodeo, or another horse event
  • Visit a horse farm, horse training facility, horse boarding facility, etc.
  • Participate in a horse riding camp
  • Visit a local tack shop or horse supply store
  • Check out horse events on television to learn about different type of horse shows and events
  • Attend the Kansas State Fair to watch horse shows and observe clinicians
  • Create a collection of horse showmanship and horsemanship patterns
  • Keep a diary of your practices each week
  • Research horse-related careers
  • Give a public speech or team demonstration or compete with a painting, poster, photograph, drawing, essay, poetry, scrapbook, digital story, clothes article, woodworking piece or a model horse
  • Attend Animal Science Round-Up as part of the Kansas 4-H Youth Conference and take the horse track, participate in the community service project, bringing ideas back to your community.
  • Is it fair time? Consider riding in your County Fair horse show or the Kansas State Fair.
  • Contact your county KSU Extension Office for other local workshops, activities, and events
  • Interested in a college education in animal science or veterinary medicine? Schedule a visit with Kansas State University to explore those majors. www.ksu.edu

4-H Grows Here

Skills I Have Learned In The Horse Project

 Check this resource from  Nebraska 4-H  for some great videos for possible project skills to learn and share.  

 The direct link is :  https://4h.unl.edu/horse/webinar-series  or view topics below.  Have  fun learning.

6/1/2020

Manure Management with Composting

Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

5/11/2020

Equine First Aid Kit

Grace Kim
Equine and Companion Animal Extension Assistant
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

5/4/2020

Horse Colors through Genetics

Dr. Jessica Petersen
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

4/27/2020

Horsemanship

Lori Jaixen

UNL Equestrian Team Coach

4/20/2020

Core Vaccinations

Horse Health

Dr. Kathy Anderson

Equine Extension Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

4/13/2020Judging Hunter Hack, Working Hunter, and Jumping

Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

3/9/2020Equine Vet Webinar

2nd year vet student Kate Rawlinson

1/13/20202020 State Horse Show Changes

Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

12/09/2019Helmet Safety and Fitting

Grace Kim
Equine and Companion Animal Extension Assistant
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

11/11/2019Oral Reasons- Horse Judging

Brooke Parrish

Graduate Student & UNL Horse Judging Coach
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

10/14/2019Getting a Judging Team Started

Dr. Kathy Anderson

Equine Extension Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

9/9/2019Miniature Horse Program

Grace Kim
Equine and Companion Animal Extension Assistant
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

8/12/2019Horse Colors

Grace Kim
Equine and Companion Animal Extension Assistant
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

4/14/2019

Horse Bits and Tips

Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
3/11/2019

Biosecurity

Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
2/11/2019

2019 District and State Horse Show Changes

Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
12/10/2018

UNL Animal Science Program

Dr. Lisa Karr  and Dr. Lena Luck
10/8/18

Body Condition Scoring

  • How to be sure your horse is eating enough
  • Estimating your horses weight
Dr. Kathy Anderson
Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
9/10/18

Bits

  • Difference between a snaffle bit and a curb bit
  • Where a bit places pressure
Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
5/14/18

Horse Show Prep

  • 4-H dress code and show outfit trends
  • Perfect bun for western classes
  • Putting your hair under your helmet for English
  • Banding or braiding your horse's mane
Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
4/9/182018 District and State Horse Show ChangesDr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
3/12/18Aging a Horse by Their TeethDr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
2/12/18Genetic DiseasesDr. Jessica Petersen
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
12/11/17Horse Show TrendsDr. Kathy Anderson
Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
11/13/17

Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede Event

  • Ideas on how to prepare to compete at Stampede
Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
9/11/17

Nutrition

  • How to complete a feed chart for Advancement Level 3
Dr. Lena Luck
Assistant Professor/Youth Extension Horse Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KSU Project Page

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

2-3 Year Old Projects - Nominations are due May 1!

Project Resource Videos

Animal Science Spark Activities

Horseback Riding Safety Check
Horse and Livestock Nutrition
Horse Showmanship

Fair Resources

Department O:  Horse Show

State Fair Entry Information  Page 1-2   Pages 3-5   Pages 6-8

As the  potential Atchison County  4-H  fair horse show date will  be after the August 1 state  fair  entry deadline:

 Atchison 4-Hers planning to register for the State Fair 4-H Horse Show  will be  considered  members  in good standing

1) If  they have had  3  project meeting experiences (project meeting  attendance forms-July15 to the office),

2) Have uploaded a  separate  Flipgrid for each planned state entry.  (You  will  need  only  1 storyboard  for the horse  project.  You will  need to upload a short Flipgrid  for each  class entered to  represent  your  exhibit.)

3) And  participate in  the 4-H project exhibit public display at assigned local  business Aug 6-12.  You will need  to create a poster  of your horse and list the events you plan to participate.

If  you  have  questions,  please visit with Ray  or Diane.

Step It Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.

Communication

  • Present about parts of a horse
  • Send a Letter to the Editor describing your opinion regarding an ethical horse situation
  • Present a riding safety session at your county 4-H horse workouts prior to county fair

Citizenship

  • Assist with the 4-H horse show at the county fair
  • Participate in the local saddle club charitable benefit
  • Ask friends to always wear a helmet when riding horses
  • Explore therapeutic riding and horse rescue assistance opportunities

Leadership

  • Lead a trail ride for your fellow 4-H horse project members
  • Work with a horseless horse member to care for a horse
  • Conduct a show horse grooming clinic
  • Organize a tack swap for 4-H members

Exhibit Ideas

  • Horse coloring/marking patterns
  • Horse body parts
  • Safety around horses
  • Horse health chart
  • History of horses
  • Horse body language
  • Parts-of-a-horse matching game
  • Horse-breed comparison chart
  • Horse-stable designs
  • Knots used with horses
  • Tagging a horse
  • How to groom a horse
  • Supplies price chart
  • Horse skeleton diagram
  • Display of horse diseases
  • Growth chart for your horse
  • Dental problems of horses
  • How to shoe a horse
  • Horse reproductive system
  • Pasture management practices
  • Horse life cycle poster
  • Identify saddle, bridle and tack
  • Create a horse first aid kit
  • Pre-show fitting techniques
  • How-to display for judging horsemanship
  • Present a horse using "Quarter System"
  • Design your own showmanship pattern
  • Create a scrapbook or collage of photos from your horse project