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4-H Horse Project

Program Contact: Jenny W. Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 574-1600 •

The 4-H Horse Project can be an exciting and worthwhile experience for both you and your horse. You may show your horse in a variety of classes: showmanship, English equitation, Western equitation, trail, dressage, driving, and jumping. Western Gaming events include Barrels, Figure Eight Stake Race, Key Race, Pole Bending, and Flag Races. You can show a young horse in Ground Training, and some counties offer First Year Under Saddle, In-Hand Trail, or Ranch Horse classes. In addition to showing your horse, you may take part in judging, hippology, horse bowl, presentations, and public speaking contests.


  • Develop an appreciation of horseback riding (age 8 by October 1st of the current year and older) as a healthy and wholesome form of recreation
  • Promote greater love for animals and a human attitude toward them
  • Develop an animal care ethic
  • Develop understanding of the responsibilities of taking care of equine
  • Learn skills in horsemanship and an understanding of horse behavior, competition etiquette, and sportsmanship

4-H Horse Curriculum

Available in the Extension office or online at 4-H Horse Project Curriculum

Level 1: Giddy Up and Go
Level 2: Head, Heart and Hooves
Level 3: Stable Relationships
Level 4: Riding the Range
Book 5: Jumping to New Heights
Horse Helper’s Guide
Horse Program Curriculum – C0201 Horse Science, Horses and Horsemanshp

Member & Leader Publications

Available in the Extension office or online at

C0015 – Light Horse Chart
EB1612E – Feeding the Performance Horse
EM2790E – 4-H Horse Member Advancement Checklist
EM4842E – Beginning Horsemanship
EM4869 – 4-H Horse Advancement (Leader Guide)
EM4849E – Equestrian Helmet Safety
PNW229 – 4-H Driving Manual
PNW488 – Hunt Seat Manual
PNW574 – 4-H Horse Contest Guide
PNW575 – Horse Judging Guide
PNW587 – 4-H Horse Project Manual
PNW608 – 4-H Dressage Manual

National 4-H Horse Resources
State 4-H Horse Resources
PNW574 4-H Contest Guide


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Horseless Horse

EM4715E – Horses are Fun, The 4-H Horseless Horse Project

Other Publications

C0233E – 4-H Horse Certificate
C0856E – Individual Horse Record
C0858E – Horse Production Breeding Record