If you are on the Horse Judging Team:
Progressive Riding Series
Members should also enroll in the Horse Management project and keep an accurate and up-to-date management record. Participation in the riding series is strictly on an elective basis. The riding projects should be closely supervised by a horse project leader. Numerous standard references may be used for completing the diagrams, questions, etc. Members should have the basic equipment for riding and the use of a suitable riding animal. All leaders should obtain all of the materials available and review project opportunities. Programs may be adjusted to local needs and use under the direct supervision of Extension Agents and Leaders.
Members may enroll for each unit as many times as desired and may progress according to their interests and abilities. Many will not advance beyond the first or second levels, and there should be no special distinction between levels as far as youth development is concerned. The goal is not to make Horsemasters out of all who are interested in horses. Horsemasters may continue as teen leaders, repeat the unit, or design new horse projects. Members may complete some tests on horses other than their own or managed project. Most projects should be on a project-year basis, but progression should not necessarily be limited to this. The projects will require inspectors for certain tests. The selection and implementation of this should be arranged at the local level and/or county level. Leaders can establish-the appropriate procedures and approvals for inspectors at these levels. The tests are not competitive, and many tests can be replaced by alternate tests designed by leaders according to local needs and interests.
The Progressive Riding series books are:
Horseless Horse Projects
The horseless horse projects are available for all 4-H youth. Animal ownership, care, and riding are not requirements. Members with horses may, however, enroll in this series. All participants should be active in a club or project group supervised by a volunteer project leader.
Four units are available and should be completed in order:
Members may progress through the series at their own speed; there are no definite time or age requirements. All new members should start with Unit I. Clubs or groups may add to and vary the series according to need and interest. Members may repeat units with new and added events and activities. Members completing Unit IV may elect to enroll in the 4-H Horse Self-determined Project. Horseless horse project members are eligible to participate
in all 4-H horse events except any that require the use of a project horse. Four-H members may also consider additional supporting projects such as veterinary science, safety, and leadership. Members may include riding time and lessons as options under experience. They may also include such work as grooming, cleaning tack, helping with horse events, etc. Tests and inspectors or leaders must be arranged for at the local level.
4-H Health History Report - although you fill out an on-line health history form when you enroll in 4-H each year, there may be times a leader requests a paper copy. For example, it can be difficult for leaders to access a child's health history form on-line at the Fairgrounds, so a paper copy is preferred so we can have it with us at all times
If you have a Project Horse, Pony, Mule:
Virginia 4-H Horse Project Books
All 4-H Horse Project Books are now editable and can be done on-line. Some require drawings and so those books can be completed as much as possible on-line, then printed out and drawings added afterwards.
To use as an editable version, find the appropriate book below and click to follow the link to the PDF version of that book. Then:
(1) download and save a copy onto your computer
(2) close the document and then open the document directly from your computer to ensure the edited copy is saved on your computer.
To use as a handwritten document:
(1) Print the document out in its entirety.
A typed copy or handwritten copy is acceptable for the State Show record book judging.
Both Junior and Senior record books introduce the language of Body Condition Scoring. With this information, the 4-Her can assess their horse according to what they perceive is their horse’s BCS, and enter a BCS number at the time they assess their horse. There is not an absolute right or wrong answer and this serves the purpose of simply introducing this language. Using the BCS is a quick assessment tool to evaluate the body condition of your horse for its usefulness.
Senior record book changes includes the addition of two new pages for 4-Hers to use as an evaluation tool to assess their project’s pasture, soil and hay (page 11 & 12). The soil test or the hay analysis is not required, however it is there for the 4-H member to explore if they are able.
In addition, a barter value adds (page 5 & 19) an opportunity to capture an actual trade in service that many senior 4-Hers may experience for the care and board of their horse. All other information collected is the same as in the previous record book, however somewhat reorganized.