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Welcome to the Horse page! Here you’ll find activities, curriculum, and resources specific to the Horse project.

Horse projects are available to our Junior, Intermediate, and Senior 4-Hers, with the exception of Horseless Horse, which is for all ages.

Projects available are:

  • Horse
  • Horseless Horse

Curriculum & Resources

WSU Curriculum & Resources

The following resources are available from WSU Extension Publications
Publications are FREE DOWNLOADS unless otherwise indicated.

General Curriculum





FS240F – A Developmental Framework of 4-H Competition for Volunteers
– Michael Wallace, Extension Specialist





C0015 Light Horse Chart






EB1612E – Feeding the Performance Horse







PNW575 – 4-H Horse Judging Manual









PNW587 – The 4-H Horse Project









Horseless Horse Curriculum






EM4715E – Horses Are Fun: 4-H Horseless Horse Project



Horsemanship Curriculum





EM2790E – 4-H Horse Advancement Member Guide







EM4842E – Beginning Horsemanship








EM4869E – 4-H Horse Advancement Program Leader Guide







PNW229 – The 4-H Driving Manual









PNW488 – Hunt Seat and Jumper Manual








PNW574 – The PNW Horse Contest Guide




Addendum to PNW574, PNW 4-H Horse Contest Guide:
Page 16: “Horses should be clean and well-groomed. Horses may be clipped/trimmed according to breed standard or left natural”






PNW608 – The 4-H Dressage Manual



Other Curriculum





C0233E – 4-H Horse Certificate








C0856E – Individual Horse Record









C0857E – Horse Management Record







C0858E – Horse Production Breeding Record








C1114E – Groom Squad Contest Rules




The following safety resources are available from WSU Extension Publications unless otherwise indicated. Where applicable, prices are current as of July 1, 2021



EM4849E – Equestrian Safety:
A Guide to Promotion of Helmet Use








DVD131 – Every Time…Every Ride…










DVD132 – Ground Handling Horses Safely





MISC581 – Ground Handling Horses Safely
Facilitator Guide and Lesson Plan






MISC582 – Equine Awareness Youth Education Program












National 4-H Curriculum & Resources

The following curricula are published by National 4-H and are available for purchase at Prices are current as of July 1, 2021.




01518Y – Giddy Up and Go
Horse Level 1: Discovering Horses






01519Y – Head, Heart and Hooves
Horse Level 2: Horse Raising






01520Y – Stable Relationships
Horse Level 3: Horse Care






01521Y – Riding the Range
Horse Level 4: Horse Riding






01522Y – Jumping to New Heights
Horse Level 5: Horsemanship






01523F – Horse Project Helper’s Guide
Horse Group Activities






01523S – Horse Curriculum Set of 6








State and National Contest Resources
Contest Resources


Hippology Contest Rules 2023

Horse Bowl Rules 2023

Other Curriculum & Resources

Publication Addendums

Addendum to PNW574, PNW 4-H Horse Contest Guide:
Page 16: “Horses should be clean and well-groomed. Horses may be clipped/trimmed according to breed standard or left natural”

Disciplined Rail Rules – NEW!

Disciplined Rail Rules

Small Equine Rules and Information – NEW!

2022 Small Equine Show Rules

Reining Documents – NEW!

2022 State 4-H Fair Reining Pattern

2022 State 4-H Fair Reining Score Sheet

Senior and Intermediate Patterns

Intermediate Hunt Seat Patterns
Intermediate Saddle Seat Patterns
Intermediate Showmanship Patterns
Intermediate Western Equitation Patterns
Senior Hunt Seat Patterns
Senior Saddle Seat Patterns
Senior Showmanship Patterns
Senior Western Equitation Patterns

Contest Rules

Virtual Horse Bowl Contest Guidelines (2022)

Virtual Equine Presentation Rules (2022)

Hippology Rules and Information (2023)

Horse Judges

Washington 4-H Horse Judge List




EM0758 Washington 4-H Policies and Procedures








Illustrated Dictionary of Equine Terms (DET) 
Compiled by: New Horizons Education Center, Inc.





Equine Science – Basic Knowledge for Horse People of All Ages (EqSci):
Author: Jean T. Griffiths
A Publication of the American Youth Horse Council





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