4-H youth explore veterinary and animal science by learning to feed, train and care for equine projects. Participants compete in events such as endurance, trail, gymkhana and shows, and can exhibit at statewide events such as the State 4-H Horse Show.

Horse and riderLove horses but live in town?

When you own or care for a horse or pony, you experience pride and responsibility, and develop valuable social and physical skill. You can be involved in a 4-H horse project in lots of ways, and many activities don't require horse ownership. You can participate in show, trail or endurance riding, study horse science, participate in quiz bowls, rodeos, judging teams and much more!

4-H Proud Equestrians Program (PEP)

Riders with disabilities and the volunteers who work with them can gain great satisfaction through this therapeutic horseback riding program. With the help of trained and caring volunteers, riders can improve balance, coordination, posture and muscle tone. Horseback riding also increases self-esteem, self-confidence, discipline and social growth. But more importantly, riding is fun!

For more information about horse programs for youth, visit the MSU Horse Youth Programs web page.


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Karen Waite, 4-H Equine Specialist
Email: kwaite@msu.edu
Phone: 517-432-0383 or

Taylor Fabus, Instructor
Email: tenlenta@msu.edu
Phone: 517-353-1748

Department of Animal Science
Web: http://www.ans.msu.edu/


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