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Horse is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Horses, Horseless Horse or Clothes Horse.

Horses 1
What you can do in this project: learn horse behavior and terms; study breeds and identify body parts; saddle, groom and bridle your horse; practice horse safety and horse selection.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 08053, Giddy Up & Go
CO200, Horses & Horsemanship
CO201, Horse Science
4H180, Pleasure Riding

Horses 2
What you can do in this project: practice horsemanship and judging; understand horse selection and training; learn about tack, feeding and diseases; practice showing a horse and trail riding.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 08054, Head, Heart & Hooves

Horses 3
What you can do in this project: explore horse breeding, genetics and heredity; understand horse diseases and prevention; learn about fencing, pasturing and housing; explore horse-related careers.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 08055, Stable Relationships

Horses 4
What you can do in this project: train a horse; practice a round-pen workout; learn English and Western style bridles; understand equitation and riding styles.
Grades: 3-7
Resource: 08056, Riding the Range

Horses 5
What you can do in this project: learn to set goals; compare costs of show clothing; present your horse in showmanship classes; rate your showmanship skills; practice proper show ethics.
Grades: 8-12
Resource: 08057, Jumping to New Heights

Horseless Horse 1
What you can do in this project: you do not need a horse in this project; explore horse behavior, terms and breeds; identify body parts; learn grooming, saddling and bridling; learn about safety and equipment.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 08053, Giddy Up & Go
4H266, Horses are Fun

Horseless Horse 2
What you can do in this project: learn about horsemanship; explore judging and oral reasons; learn selection, training and showing; practice trail riding skills.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 08054, Head, Heart & Hooves

Horseless Horse 3
What you can do in this project: explore horse breeding, genetics and heredity; understand horse diseases and prevention; learn about fencing, pasturing and housing; explore horse-related careers.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 08055, Stable Relationships

Clothes Horse
What you can do in this project: learn how to make riding apparel and equipment; develop sewing and creative skills; understand textile selection and care.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: 4H360, 4-H Clothes Horse Activity Guide
4H374, Additional Patterns for Clothes Horse
4H389, Horse & Riding Attire

Horse/ Horseless Leader
Resources: 08058, Horse Project Helper’s Guide
07200, Horse Pattern
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?

Program Safety Regulations
All 4-H members and leaders (adult or youth) participating in the horses project or activities must use protective or safety equipment, including approved safety helmets. Refer to the Program Safety section for specific requirements for the horse project

Additional Project Information


Horse Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including horses. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state each summer where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.

Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association Handbook

PDF file Horse Handbook Information on the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association and opportunities in the Wisconsin 4-H horse and pony projects.
This handbook is updated annually at the January meeting of the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association. . Updates will be posted sometime during the month of February.

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Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association Information and Events - also see Horse Handbook Section

Results from National Competitions
At Louisville - Eastern Nationals, the WI Hippology Team placed 9th overall and the WI Judging Team placed 8th overall.

Calendar of Events - see in Horse Handbook section

Agenda Notice for the January 2014 Meeting

Minutes from the November 2013 Meeting

Minutes from the August 2011 Meeting - draft

Agenda Nov 13, 2011 Meeting

Meeting Notice Nov 13 2011 Meeting

Association Board Agenda for Jan 8, 2011

Minutes from the Jan.8, 2011 Meeting - draft

For more information and contacts for the committee meetings see link above - specific comm meetings

All adults and youth are welcome to attend any of the committee meetings and the general meeting.     
If you have any suggestions for one of the committees, please contact the chairperson prior to his/her
meeting or attend the meeting as scheduled.  Each committee will present the committee's
recommendations and report to the Board for action at the director's meeting on Saturday afternoon

If unable to attend, please call Katie Stenroos at 218-269-5733 and leave a message. E-mail at

For the Youth: If you are unable make it, call Becky DeMuth at 920-619-1195 leave a message or e-mail at Youth remember to bring your ideas for a community service project.


Minutes from past board meetings

Minutes of the Nov '10 meeting at River Falls -

Minutes of the Jan'10 meeting at Stevens Point
Minutes of the November '09 Meeting at Oshkosh
Minutes of the Jan 09 Meeting Minutes of the Nov 08 Meeting
Minutes of the August 2007 Meeting
Minutes of meeting from Nov 07



District News

NE District By-Laws
NE District Constitution


Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association Events

All-Around 4-Hl Award Applications - See details in Horse Handbook Section

Possible Fair judges for youth horse shows.

Statewide Clinics supported by Grants from the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association

Interested in a grant to sponsor a clinic? See details in Horse Handbook Section

Midwest Horse Fair -Event held in Madison, WI, each April with over 500 vendors, speakers, educational seminars, and 1,200 horses.
Midwest Horse Fair Used Tack Sale Information -
Used Tack Sale Form

Wisconsin 4-H Horse Bowl - See details in Horse Handbook Section
Provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. Held each May. Check with your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Horse Hunter and Dressage Clinic and Show
at Plymouth
See details in Horse Handbook Section

State 4-H Gymkhana - See details in Horse Handbook Section
Horse speed and game show held annually the first weekend after Labor Day.

Wisconsin 4-H Horse Expo - See details in Horse Handbook Section
Annual event held during the third weekend in September at the State Fairgrounds in West Allis, WI. Features several horse-related events.

Wisconsin 4-H Horse Leaders Conference
Statewide leadership conference for adults and teens held during the second weekend in November and sponsored by 4-H and UW Animal Sciences.

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County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

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Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Horse Project. Just follow these links!

American Horse Council
National trade association representing the horse industry in Washington, D.C.Site addresses concerns of the national identification system and how the horse industry is responding and what it means to horse owners and breeders.

American Youth Horse Council
AYHC is a on-profit organization providing leadership and resources for the youth horse industry. AYHC develops and distributes educational materials, promotes communication and provides training opportunities to those looking to teach kids about horses. Site features activities, events, resources and many horse-related related links.

National 4-H Online Horse Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Horse Project activities, information and links.

Oconto County 4-H Project Resources
This web site provides links for many animal science projects including links for fun project ideas on horses.

Site is a directory of information about all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, aquarium fish and more.

Saddle and Sirloin Club
UW-Madison student club that organizes and administers the Little International Horse Show, Badger Kick-off Classic Steer and Heifer Show, and the Badger Bonanza Lamb Show.

UW-Extension Animal Sciences: Horse
UW-Extension Horse site with links to the Horse Pasture Management Course, Wisconsin State Horse Council, and more.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Horses
Guide to links for many horse-related sites.

Wisconsin 4-H SET
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin State Fair Park
Various horse-related events held at the state fairgrounds throughout the year, West Allis, WI.

Wisconsin State Horse Council
Council promotes the state’s equine industry through leadership, education, service and communication.

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Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Horse Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on horses, ethics, nutrition, and more.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Horse Specialist: Liv Sandberg

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