Introduction to state 4-H equine projects

Liv Sandberg, UW-Extension Equine Specialist
Department of Animal Science
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
(608) 263-4303, (608) 263-4300

3:08 – Total Time

0:18 – Activities in the 4-H horse program
0:52 – The value of the horse project
1:16 – Examples of 4-H horse activities
1:47 – Learning skills
2:16 – Involvement in the horse program
2:23 – Showcasing equine skills at county fairs
2:58 – Lead out


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Sevie Kenyon: Liv, welcome to our microphone! Start out by telling us a little bit about the state 4-H Horse program.

Liv Sandberg: Some activities we have at state are horse evaluation contests, we also have a horse bowl contest, a hippology contest and then we also have several different activities that are in conjunction with our riding activity held in September and those may be things like a poster contest a clothes horse contest…they actually have a model horse contest, so there are several different activities that are available to the students, even if they don’t have a horse.

Sevie Kenyon: And Liv, why should youth and their parents be interested at all in this program?

Liv Sandberg: This is an opportunity for them to get involved, not only in learning about the horse itself, but learning some other skills that may be as far as studying or just interacting with other youth, so it may be a great way to meet a few new kids and have something in common to share with each other.

Sevie Kenyon: Liv, can you tell us about some of the activities, for example…what is hippology?

Liv Sandberg: Hipology’s actually known as the study of horse. The students in hippology will do sections and then at the state level we also include a judging aspect into that, so what we’re trying to select out is an individual or a team that has a, a vast knowledge of all three of those aspects put together.

Sevie Kenyon: And Liv, in the process of this, how do they go about learning the skills?

Liv Sandberg: They can actually just go to a barn and somebody may help them learn more about confirmation of the horse, they can study out of the different resource books that we have and often times if students don’t own a horse, this is a great way for them to get involved and it’s amazing how much they can learn in a couple three years by just studying and, and when they get that opportunity to actually apply it to a horse they already know half of it.

Sevie Kenyon: And Liv, statewide, how many people are involved in the equine project and how has that changed over time?

Liv Sandberg: We have continued to grow in numbers in the last few years I would say we are close to stabling off…we do have more 4-H horse kids, in our project I think… then dairy, and some of the other livestock projects put together.

Sevie Kenyon: What do we have coming up ahead of us this summer?

Liv Sandberg: You know our county fairs are going to start up with their different activities, and this is really a great place for 4-H kids to showcase what they’ve learned with their project… whether it’s a hands-on project with riding and showing or maybe it’s a project where they’ve done a poster or photography or something like that, the county fair’s a great place for them to start…see how they’ve done as far as either their project skills or just to get excited about going to the fair.

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