Learn how to care for, feed, and tack a horse or pony, without having to own or lease an animal.

Two children hold their stick horses while sitting on a fence.

Project units are designed for members 8-18 years old.

Unit 1 - Making Horse Sense

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn basic coat colors, breeds, and anatomy
  • Explore horse behaviors
  • Understand grooming and safety concerns

Unit 2 - Hooves, Health, Horsemanship

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn about horse conformation and movement
  • Study horse health, unsoundness, and blemishes
  • Discuss tack and training aids
  • Explore the realities of horse ownership

Unit 3 - Breaking Ground

Inspiring youth to:

  • Understand horse teeth and feeding requirements
  • Discover horse health issues
  • Learn about horse judging, riding aids and basic equitation
  • Develop leadership skills while helping others

Unit 4 - Bushing Up on Horses

  • Understand parasites, the digestive tract and how to balance rations
  • Discuss horse reproduction
  • Learn about advanced movements and showmanship
  • Understand basic equine, pasture and housing management skills
  • Explore ethics related to the horse industry

4 -H Record Books are also called e-Records. Each project has its own record book that members are required to complete each year. The links to e-Records in the specific project areas are below. Record books are turned in at Interview Judging before our County Fair. In June, you will need to schedule an interview for each of your project areas and bring your record book with you to Interview Judging the week of the Larimer County 4-H Fair.

We have more information about how to fill out your record books here.

Thinking about signing up for the Horseless Horse Project? Already enrolled but have questions? Contact:


Bailey Schilling
4-H Livestock Agent

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Colorado State University Extension is an equal opportunity provider. Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations. CSU’s Office of Engagement and Extension ensures meaningful access and equal opportunities to participate to individuals whose first language is not English. Colorado State University Extension es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Colorado State University no discrimina por motivos de discapacidad y se compromete a proporcionar adaptaciones razonables. Office of Engagement and Extension de CSU garantiza acceso significativo e igualdad de oportunidades para participar a las personas quienes su primer idioma no es el inglés.