June 2014 Issue - page 4

Page 4
June 2014
Head, heart, hands, and
health…and horses? Not nec-
essarily. The Pennsylvania 4-H
Horse Program is not just for
the fortunate youth with access
to flesh and blood horses. The
Horseless Project is for 4-H
members without their own horse
who still want to learn about
horses and horsemanship.
Members will not only learn
about the basics of horse care and
equine safety, but also visit train-
ers, veterinarians, farriers, horse
farms, feed stores, and more to
become familiar with the horse
industry. Other equestrian 4-H
programs, such as Horse Bowl,
Hippology, and Horse Judging
contests, offer horseless members
opportunities to travel to com-
petitions at PA 4-H State Days,
All-American Quarter Horse
Congress in Columbus, OH,
and Eastern National 4-H Horse
Round Up in Louisville, KY.
For beginner or therapeutic
riders, the Shared Horse aspect
of the Horseless Project allows
friends and family with horses
to share their horse with the
member. With a shared horse,
members can participate in PA
4-H shows as well as the Horse-
manship Skills program, which
is a series of safety, horseman-
ship, education, and life skills.
Complete guidelines are available
on the 4-H website,
under the Horse Program.
The 4-H Horse Program is
designed to develop life skills and
knowledge of horse management,
use, and safety in today’s youth.
The program promotes devel-
opment of horsemanship skills,
while encouraging responsibility,
self-confidence, sportsmanship,
and responsible care of project
animals. The 4-H program is part
of the educational effort of Penn
State Extension, an outreach
of the College of Agricultural
Sciences at Penn State University.
For additional information
on 4-H horse programs in Penn-
sylvania, or about the Horseless
Project or Shared Horse opportu-
nities, contact your county Penn
State Extension office or visit the
Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program
website at
No Horse? No
Problem with 4-H
“Horseless” Project
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