The 4-H Horse and Pony Project provides youth with valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Meetings and activities (such as workshops, horse bowl, & Hippology) provide youth with a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both horse & pony subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications). Skills are learned under the direction of caring adults.


4-H members (Grades 3 – 12) must identify all Beef and Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Llamas, Sheep and Swine in the 4HOnline system by the species deadline or earlier county deadline if applicable* to be eligible for exhibition.  Login to your family profile at for Animal Identification Instructions.

  • Horse & Pony animals must be entered into 4HOnline or Reactivated no later than May 15th.  
  • A color picture must be uploaded for each horse to be eligible for the Indiana State Fair.
  • Lease agreements must be on file in the Purdue Extension Office in your county of 4-H enrollment by May 15th.

Indiana 4-H Horse and Pony Handbook (4-H-661-W) has been updated for the 2017 4-H year!

Please contact the Extension Office at (574) 946-3412 to order your copy.


Record Sheets



Horse & Pony Helmet Policy:

All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified helmet whenever mounted, or driving, at a 4-H horse and pony event, show, or activity. The 4-H member is responsible to see that this specified headgear is properly fitted with the approved harness fastened in place whenever mounted. Original tags must be present in all approved helmets.

This policy was placed in effect during the 2003 4-H program year and applies to all county, area, and state 4-H horse and pony events, shows, and activities. 

Adults riding horses are also at risk of head injury; therefore, adults are also strongly encouraged to wear properly fitted, certified helmets when they are riding at any 4-H sponsored activity/event so that they will serve as role models of safe behavior, as well as protect themselves.

  Concussion Safety in Sports

Helmet Ordering Information:

Helmets may be ordered from a variety of sources. Discounts are typically associated with
International Helmet Awareness Day. Visit to learn more about
potential discounts, helmet guidelines, and riding safety information


Please see related files below for 2016 Pulaski County 4-H Horse & Pony and General Livestock Rules.  See the 2016 Indiana State Fair 4-H Premium Handbook for state exhibit requirements.