4-H Horse Program is designed for those youth with interest in horses and horse events. This program is designed to provide experiences to help them develop leadership, citizenship, self-esteem, social skills and to become contributing members of society, as well as becoming better horse men and women.
The 4-H Horse Program is for youth in grades 3-12, but not younger than 8 years old, as of January 1st of the current 4-H year. In order to provide for the safety and best interests of the participants, Cloverbuds (youth in K-2nd grades) are not eligible to participate in the 4-H Horse Program. Enthusiastic 4-H volunteers with expertise and interest in horses and working with youth help deliver and manage the program and its objectives.
To participate in the riding and showing portion of the 4-H Horse Program, members need to own or have access to their own horse. Helmets are required in horse riding events.