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Animal and Livestock: Horse and Pony

June 27, 2019

Horse and Pony

The 4-H Horse and Pony Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general management, training, nutrition, housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities such as horse bowl, Hippology and judging, and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Horse and Pony Project.

For Judging and Check-in information, consult the current 4-H Catalog.

2019 Horse Vaccination Form

Animal Lease Agreement

General Rules:
1. All 4-H General Rules, Livestock Rules and Health Regulations apply.
2. In addition to the rules in the Adams County 4-H Handbook, Horse & Pony members must refer to the
Indiana 4-H Horse and Pony Handbook (4-H 661).
a. The latest version of the Indiana 4-H Horse and Pony Handbook (4-H 661) is the 2017 edition.
The Extension Office will mail one copy to each new Adams County 4-H Horse and Pony family
after enrollment deadline has passed. Additional copies are available at the Extension Office $5/each
3. Any situation not covered by these rules will be handled by the proper representatives of the 4-H Horse and
Pony Adult Advisory Team and the 4-H Extension Educator.

4-H Membership Fees and Horse and Pony Eligibility Guidelines
1. 4-H Membership Fees: Amount Deadline Payment Turned into
 The Indiana State 4-H Program fee $15.00 January 15 Extension Office
 The Adams County 4-H Enrollment fee $5.00 January 15 Extension Office
 Adams County 4-H Horse and Pony Exhibitor Fee:
Regular 4-H Member $30.00 July 1 H and P Club Treasurer
2. Each member is required to get at least $50 in sponsorship.
3. Horse and Pony 4-H Fair Class Entries must be submitted online by July 1st. Any member who does NOT
enter classes online will not be eligible to show at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
4. All Horse & Pony members must attend at least 1 workshop and complete the Workshop Verification Form
OR turn in Activity Sheets and Record Sheets into the Extension Office by July 1st at 4:30 PM.

Horse Enrollment/Ownership & Leases Guidelines
1. All Horses & Ponies must be identified, owned/ leased, under the care of the 4-H exhibitor and enrolled
online by 4:30 PM, May 15th. Only animals properly identified online by May 15th are eligible to participate in
Adams County 4-H Horse and Pony events.
a. 4-H Members may identify more than one horse or pony online.
b. Animals age is determined as of January 1 of the current year.
c. The Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony programs considers animals 56” (14H) and under to be ponies, and
animals over 56” (14.1H) to be horses.
The Adams County 4-H Horse & Pony Committee leaders reserve the right to measure and
verify the identification of any horse/pony entered in the Adams County 4-H Program.
d. If you plan to exhibit your horse or pony at the Indiana State Fair, please note the rules for eligibility
of page 9 of the Indiana Horse and Pony Handbook.
2. Certificate of Vaccination (4-H 1031W) must be turned into the Extension Office or directly to the Horse and
Pony booth by May 15th; or at the first 4-H event your horse/pony participate in (if prior to May 15th).
3. Each 4-H member may show (1) Western Pleasure, (1) English Pleasure, (1) Contesting, (1) Driving,
(1) Colt (2 years of age or under) and (1) Drill Team horse or pony at the 4-H Pre-Fair Show and/or the
Adams County 4-H Fair.

Meetings/Workshops/4-H Pre-Fair Show/4-H Fair Show Guidelines:
1. 4-H Members are required to keep their horse or pony reasonably under control in the barns, make-up ring
and show arena, this is mandatory for the safety of all. 4-H members may be led up to the gate; but not into
the ring. The member must enter the arena in a controlled manner, start and stop the horse/pony inside the
arena. The gate MUST be closed behind exhibitor and NOT opened until the exhibitor has finished the
course. No horse/pony will be allowed into the arena until the previous exhibitor has been excused to the
make-up ring.
2. ALL 4-H Members are required to have the following attire whenever mounted or driving. This applies to all
county, area and state 4-H Horse & Pony events, workshops, meetings, shows and activities.
a. Properly Fitted SEI or ASTM F1163-15 Standard Certified helmet
The 4-H member is responsible for a properly fitted helmet with the approved harness fastened in
place whenever mounted or driving (helmets are permitted in Halter & Showmanship classes).
Original tags must be present in all approved helmets. (This policy took effect during 2003 Program
year and applies to all county, area and state 4-H Horse & Pony events, shows and activities.)
b. While participating in any Adams County 4-H Horse & Pony event, show, workshop, meeting or
activity the minimal attire requirements are, when mounted, a properly fitted helmet, long pants, boot
with a heel, saddle (except in bareback classes). Long sleeve shirts with a collar are required while
showing, chaps and spurs are optional.
c. NO CELL PHONES or other electronic devices are allowed while mounted on a horse or pony.
3. The 4-H horse/pony may only be ridden or driven by the 4-H member, on the day of the 4-H show.
If a situation arises where safety is a concern for the 4-H member, other exhibitors, or spectators, the 4-H
member should be encouraged to not enter the class(es).
4. Riding of horses/ponies in the barn aisle is NOT permitted. Horses/ponies may be tacked/untacked in the
aisle. 4-H members must walk horses through the barn and mount outside in make-up area or the arena.
5. Quirts, bats, crops and spurs are permitted, in some classes, but must be used behind the cinch and ONLY
used in the make-up area or the arena. 4-H Members are advised to use these carefully and wisely. Hitting a
horse/pony in front of the cinch will result in an automatic disqualification. *For all rules regarding used of
crops, whips or spurs refer to the current Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook.

4-H Fair Specific Guidelines
1. 4-H members are responsible for feeding, care of their horse/pony and cleaning of their stall during the fair.
Two bales of shavings will be provided for each member, by the Horse and Pony Club; additional shavings
are allowed, but must be provided by the member.
2. NO stallion over one year of age, as of January 1 of the current year, will be allowed on the 4-H fairgrounds.
3. Walk/Trot classes provide a starting place for a child regardless of age or disability who has limited
experience. Walk/Trot classes enable inexperienced youth to participate on a horse in a manner that is safe
for them and the other riders. Youth without disabilities are encouraged to move beyond this class within a
two (2) year time table.
a. Exhibitors entering in a Walk/Trot class may not enter in any classes that requires a lope or canter
during the Halter/Pleasure Show. Two (2) strides a lope or canter is considered a disqualification.
b. No High Point awards given for Walk/Trot classes.
4. Stalling
a. Each member is only guaranteed one stall for the 4-H Fair. Stalls are assigned each year, by the
committee. Special stalling requests will be taken into consideration; requests must be made by June 1
to stalling chair.
b. One horse/pony must be in the 4-H member’s stall during each day of the 4-H Fair.
5. Any horse/pony taken home each night of the fair after 8PM MUST be returned to the stall by 10AM the
following morning.
6. State Fair & Non-State Fair Classes are divided as follows:
a. Junior (grades 3-5)
b. Intermediate (grades 6-8)
c. Senior (grades 9-12)
7. At the completion of 4-H Fair week, the Fair Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday morning after the

Supreme Showmanship Contest is completed.
a. No MEMBER or HORSE/PONY may leave until the completion of the Awards Ceremony.
b. Upon completion of the Awards Ceremony each member MUST clean their stall and have it approved
by the 4-H Committee leader(s) in charge of dismissal.
8. Any request or exception to the rules MUST be presented, in writing, to the Horse & Pony committee prior to
the start of the 4-H Fair. The committee has the final determination on all rules.

4-H Fair Parade Guidelines
1. All horses must be stalled during the parade.
2. All members and parents are encouraged to participate in the parade by riding on the Horse and Pony float.
Mini 4-H

Mini 4-H Horse and Pony

Exhibit Rules and Requirements:
1. Mini 4-H Membership Fees: Amount Deadline Payment Turned into
 The Indiana State 4-H Program fee - - - - January 15 Extension Office
 The Adams County 4-H Enrollment fee $5.00 January 15 Extension Office
 Adams County 4-H Horse and Pony Exhibitor Fee:
Mini 4-H Member $10.00 July 1 H and P Club Treasurer
2. Mini members are encouraged to attend 4-H Horse and Pony meetings, workshops and Pre-Fair events.
3. Complete and turn in your record sheet at Mini 4-H Project Check in on Thursday of Pre-Fair from 6-8PM.
4. Mini members may show their own or a regular member’s project animal at the 4-H Pre-Fair and 4-H Fair.
5. Mini members may independently show, work with, or care for animals that weigh 300 lbs. or less. If the
animal weighs more than 300 lbs., the member must be assisted by a parent, legal guardian or another adult
designated in writing by the parent or legal guardian.
6. The Mini 4-H Horse and Pony Show is Sunday of the 4-H Fair. All Mini members must sign up for specific
classes prior to July 1st. All Mini 4-H members will show together, with each receiving a ribbon.
a. Mini 4-H members have the same behavior, attire and helmet guidelines as regular members. Please
see the Adams County 4-H Horse and Pony rules.
b. Mini members and regular member mentors are both required to use a lead-line in all classes
(including showmanship).
c. All mini 4-H Pre-Fair and 4-H Fair classes are limited to walk/trot for safety reasons.

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