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4-H Horse & Pony Project






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.

Level 1 (Grades 3 – 5)

Level 2 (Grades 6 – 8)

Level 3 (Grades 9 – 12)



State 4-H Horse and Pony Website

Horse 1: Giddy Up & Go (Grades 3 – 5)

Horse 2: Head, Heart & Hooves (Grades 6 – 8)

Horse 3: Stable Relationships (Grades 9 – 12)

***Manuals can be purchased at the Education Store or the Lake County Extension office

General Exhibit Requirements

Manual Required (3 Activities)

  1. Detailed information regarding rules and requirements can be found in the “Lake County 4-H Horse & Pony Rule Book”. Members who enroll in this project should review the “Lake County 4-H Horse & Pony Rule Book” carefully.
  2. All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified equestrian helmet whenever mounted or driving at all 4-H horse and pony events, shows, or activities. Original tags must be present in all approved helmets.  The 4-H member is responsible to see that the specified headgear is properly fitted with approved harness fastened in place whenever mounted or driving.  Helmet policies apply to all county, area, and state 4-H horse and pony events, shows, and activities.
  3. Horse and Pony members are encouraged to exhibit in as many of the activities pertaining to the Horse and Pony project as possible to get the full educational benefits of the project. Refer to the “Lake County 4-H Horse & Pony Rule Book” for additional details.


Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!

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