The 4-H Horse Project teaches horsemanship skills, horse judging, tack care, and basic management. Participation will help youth understand how to manage a show horse, learn entrepreneurship and record keeping, become better horsemen, and recognize current issues affecting the horse industry.
Who Can Participate
Any young person age 9 through 18 as of January 1 of the club year can participate. You do not have to be a current 4-H member, but you must complete a 4-H enrollment form if you are not a member.
How It Works
As a 4-H Horse Project participant, you are responsible for purchasing or leasing a horse (no stallions). You will care for your animal(s) for at least 90 days. In the summer, you will enter your horses in the Alabama 4-H Horse Show. If you are unable to buy or lease a horse, no need to worry. To be a participant at the horse show, you do not have to own a horse. There are educational classes, such as horse judging, to enter for free. Only the riding classes require the participant to own or lease a horse.
The goal is to prepare the horse to be shown in its perspective classes at the horse show. The goal for the educational classes is to develop skills in judging horses, anatomy, nutrition, reproduction, etc. The expectation is that you will show a well-cared for horse successfully in the classes in which it is best fit. The expectation in the educational classes is that you will be able to recognize correct confirmation in horses and become proficient in various horse science topics.
The 2019 Alabama 4-H State Horse Show will be held in Rainsville, Alabama, July 10-12. Contact Brigid McCrea for more information.