Programs for those without a horse
Attention youth horse lovers. Are you horse crazy, but have no horse to be crazy about? The Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program offers opportunities for youths to participate with or without horses.
The Horseless Project is for 4-H members who want to learn about horses and horsemanship without having to own or lease a horse, and for those who want to learn more about horses before they get one of their own.
In the Horseless Project you will learn basic information about horses and horsemanship, as well as become familiar with the horse industry and horse activities and events.
Some of these fun activities include visits to trainers, veterinarians, farriers, horse farms, feed stores and more. You may also become involved in programs such as Horse Bowl, Hippology and Horse Judging.
Participation in these programs can lead to the opportunity to travel to competition at PA 4-H State Days; All American Quarter Horse Congress, in Columbus, Ohio; and the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round Up, in Louisville, Ky.
Another possibility for “horseless” 4-H members is the Shared Horse program. This provides beginner or therapeutic riders the opportunity to find a friend or family member who is willing to share their horse with you to participate in some PA 4-H shows. Members involved in the Shared Horse program are also able to participate in the Horsemanship Skills program, which provides a planned progression of skill development to promote safety, horsemanship, education and life skills. Detailed guidelines are available on the 4-H Horse Program website.
The 4-H Horse Program promotes development of horsemanship skills while encouraging responsibility, self-confidence, sportsmanship and responsible care of project animals. It 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 Pennsylvania, or about the Horseless Project or Shared Horse opportunities, contact your county Penn State Extension office or visit the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program website at http://animalscience.psu.edu/4-h/horses.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in 4-H or becoming an adult 4-H volunteer, contact the Penn State Extension office in your county.
To contact your local extension office, go to http:// extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties.