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Connecticut 4-H Horse Project

This is an official website for information on the 4-H Horse Project in Connecticut.

What do you do if you are in the 4-H Horse Project?

4-H members participate in a club in their community. They may or may not have a horse. They also do club activities and attend events related to horses. They participate in contests such as public speaking, team demonstration or individual demonstration, horse bowl, horse judging, and hippology. Public speaking is when a 4-H member speaks about a horse-related topic. In team or individual demonstration, either one or two people speak about a horse-related topic using visual aids. Horse bowl is a Jeopardy-like contest in which teams of 3 or 4 compete on horse-related topics. In horse judging, 4-H members judge horses in hand or under saddle either as a conformation class (in hand) or performance (hunt seat, Western, reining, etc.) class. 4-H members list the order in which they think the class should be placed, and may give oral reasons as to why he/she placed the class the way they did.

Do I have to have a horse to be in the 4-H Horse Project?

No, many 4-H members do not own a horse.

How old do I have to be to join the 4-H Horse Project?

You can become a 4-H member in the horse project when you are 7 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

How do I join 4-H?

  • CT Counties - Contact a representative in your county

Informational Materials

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Resources

Upcoming 4-H Events

Equine Extension Events

Date

Event

December 13, 2015

State 4-H Horse Communications Contest –Middlesex County Extension Center, 10 AM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

January 21, 2016

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

February 6, 2016

State 4-H Giddy Up Games – Middlesex County Extension Center http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

February 18, 2016

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

February 20, 2016

4-H State Quiz Bowl Contest  –Middlesex County Extension Center 9 AM http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register
March 5, 2016

CT Horse Symposium – UConn Horsebarn Hill Arena -- Storrs, CT

Participate or Audit!

Sat Morning: Clinics with Ben Wallace 9 AM - 12 PM

Ben will show the elements of a good foundation, including body control and softness. He will review a few basic exercises designed to build and improve softness and control of the shoulders and hindquarters. Ben will then go on to show how to use this foundation to work towards lateral movements like side-passing, two-tracking, and counter-bending. He also hopes to do a bridle-less ride. 


9-10 Beyond Basic Groundwork
Does your horse already know the basics on the ground? Get started with intermediate groundwork exercises designed to build your horse's focus and balance, while you build more control over his feet.

10-11 Riding Patterns
Different riding patterns will be set up with barrels, poles and cones that will test your horse's softness, steering and body control. At each pattern we will go over how to prepare for the pattern, riding the pattern, and how it can advance our horses.

11-12 Group Riding Exercises
Many riders experience problems in a group that they do not when riding solo. Through a variety of group exercises we will work on keeping a horse focused on the rider, and solving problems like racing to the front of the line, refusing to stop, refusing to stand still, etc.

Sat Afternoon: Clinic with Meg Brauch 1 PM - 3:30 PM

Straightness Training (ST) is a training approach developed by Marijke de Jong of the Netherlands. The system works to create a more symmetrical horse that is both physically and mentally balanced. The five components of ST are groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty work. Through a logical system of progressive gymnastic exercises, ST helps horses to develop into sound, strong, and willing partners that are capable of carrying a rider and progressing through the levels well into their late adult life. ST incorporates classical dressage work influenced by the writings of François Robichon de La Guérinière and Gustav Steinbrecht, zen philosophy, some concepts of natural horsemanship as well as modern training principles and biomechanics to improve both the physical body of the horse as well as the emotional and spiritual well being of the animal. Marijke’s system teaches riders how to better communicate with their horses and to become compassionate trainers with a good eye for understanding the horses physical body and equine behavior. For this reason, ST is an appropriate training approach for horses of all ages, breeds, and abilities. For more on Straightness Training go to www.straightnesstraining.com

1:00 Lecture/Demo: Natural Asymmetry of the Horse and Five Pillars of Straightness Training - Meg will discuss the 8 dimensions of natural asymmetry in the horse and then demonstrate with one of her horses some of the exercises and training involved in the 5 components (groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding, and liberty) of ST work.

2:30 – 3:30 Lesson with 3 participants and their horses on basic groundwork exercises -Groundwork is the starting point for Straightness Training so in this lesson participants will learn the beginning exercises for ST work. Work will be done in a cavesson and single line provided by Meg. All ages and breeds of horses are welcome. All ages, background, disciplines, and experience levels of participants are welcome.

Money raised is used to directly support equine research and extension programs at the University of Connecticut! No pre registration needed for spectators!

Demonstrations, Speakers, Sponsors and vendors welcome – call or email for info

Contact: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

(860) 486-4471, (860) 486-4375 fax

Visit our well-populated and diverse Vendor Fair on Saturday - all under one roof at the Horsebarn Hill Arena! If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu or call (860) 486-4471

*an auditor is also known as a spectator

UConn students in the Horse Practicum or experienced riders can use a horse for a $20 additional fee

Email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu for more information, please go to the symposium website for information and to register

$50 Active Participation - Ride or Drive in a Clinic ($70 to use a UConn Horse)

$20/Adults All Day Auditor* Pass

$10/One clinic for Auditor*

$10/day Age 9-18/4-H leaders/UConn students/4-H members

9 & under free!

March 6, 2016

CT Horse Symposium – UConn Horsebarn Hill Arena -- Storrs, CT

Sunday Morning: Hands on Horse Science!

Learn how to do a fecal flotation exam, take a horse's vital signs, weigh and use a weight tape and more!

UConn Polo Match 1 PM

AS ALWAYS A GREAT VALUE !!

$20/Adults All Day Auditor* Pass

$10/day Age 9-18/4-H leaders/UConn students/4-H members

9 & under free!

Money raised is used to directly support equine research and extension programs at the University of Connecticut! No pre registration needed for spectators!

Demonstrations, Speakers, Sponsors and vendors welcome – call or email for info

Contact: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

(860) 486-4471, (860) 486-4375 fax

If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu or call (860) 486-4471

*an auditor is also known as a spectator


Email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu for more information, please go to the symposium website to register or for information!

March 24, 2016

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

April 9, 2016

State 4-H Horse Hippology Contest – UConn http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

April 10, 2016

Horse Judging Moodus, Middlesex County Camp

http://middlesexcountycamp.org/contact/

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

April 14, 2016

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

April 21-24, 2016

AYHC Symposium – Many fun youth and leader activities!  Great for anyone interested in horses.  Interesting horse tours of Lexington area farms and attractions! Host Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton, Lexington, Kentucky

May 12, 2016

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

May 13, 2016

Iowa State Master Equine Manager Program at UConn http://www.extension.iastate.edu/masterequine/page/upcoming-programs

Email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu to register
May 14, 2016

State 4-H Horse Show, Hartford County Camp

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

June 4, 2016

Riding Camp Horsemanship Safety Clinic

Registration

10am-3pm @ the Horsebarn Hill Arena

Additional Handouts for Clinic (Packet 1, Packet 2)

Directions

June 5, 2016

Eastern States Exposition Final Selection

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Sept 4, 2016

Haddam Neck Horse Show - major fundraiser for the State 4-H Horse Program!

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Sept 21-25, 2016

Eastern States Exposition 4-H Horse Show

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

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Department of Animal Science
Unit 4040
3636 Horsebarn Hill Road Ext.
Storrs, CT 06269-4040

George White Building Room 107
Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
Phone: (860) 486-2413
Fax: (860) 486-4375
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