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post #1 of 9 Old 02-22-2009, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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joining horse 4-H

Since my horses are in MO and im in FL I am NEVER around horses.I want to join horse 4-H.

1.Can you use barn horses or do you need your own horse?
2.Can you join anytime or only a certain time?
3.What do you do?Ride,show? Etc.

thanks so much!
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-22-2009, 06:31 PM
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I think it depends on the group you join. Its been many years since I was in 4H so I can't be much help. Some are western influenced some english. Some are more into teaching to judge others into getting judged, so it can go many ways. Best to contact a local leader and see whats available.
If your horses are out of area I think it would be a good opportunity to learn the judging phase of horsemanship.

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-22-2009, 08:45 PM
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If you have a friend or someone to tell you how to join it might help. But it usually depends on your for mine we have "sub division" equine 4h groups like horse judging and whatnot, you can talk to the leader and ask but im pretty sure you don't need your own horse as i didn't even have one when i joined.

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post #4 of 9 Old 02-22-2009, 09:05 PM
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It depends on the group you join. Like my stable you have to be involved in weekly lessons. But that entitles you to try out for their show team and go to district and state shows if you make it. But no I don't think you need your own horse.

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post #5 of 9 Old 02-25-2009, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the answers.anymore?
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-25-2009, 10:08 PM
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I think the age limits are between 9 and 18. I think you have to be in high school, otherwise you would have to be an adult volunteer. You do not have to own an animal to join 4-h if I remember correctly but they don't have to provide you with one either...

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post #7 of 9 Old 02-26-2009, 12:47 PM
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For MN it goes by grade up to age 19 or 20... K-13 (13 being one year past high school)

Here we are able to lease animals with the 4-Her needing to provide care for the animal- by care the animal doesnt have to live on your property but you have to make arrangments were the animal is properly taken care of (like boarding). In the county I was in we had to be part of a 4-H club and then we could take part in the horse project. It is my understanding that every state does something a bit different.

In MN we needed to be enrolled by April (if I remember right) have you horse owned or leased by May 15th with the paperwork in the office, and then from there you have to watch and follow other guidelines and dates. Besides horses though you can show other livestock and do non-livestock projects like sewing, needlearts, posters on various things, photos, flowers, etc.... Everything is judged on a county level and from there you may be chosen to go to state and compete. The MN 4-H show consists of showmanship, western pleasure and horsemanship, english eq and pleasure, trail, barrels, poles, key, and jumping figure eight. From this show we compete to be top in our division and go to the state show. 4-H members must have completed 6th grade in order to qualify.

With our horse project we had a riding clinic each spring which covered basics to little more advanced, you could also get involved with knowledge bowls, judging, speech, I personally started holding weekly free lessons for younger memebers.

Here is a link that is from the national 4-H along with the Florida website. The one thing I can suggest is calling in and finding out who your area contact is and start getting involved. But remember one thing... You will only get out of 4-H what you put in!!!!

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-26-2009, 07:45 PM
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i bekive you must goin by i think june or may. i think june for people forms june for horse paper work.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-27-2009, 11:16 PM
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Here, registration is always due by the end of March or May, but I don't know about people who join late. You have to register your horse by March 1.

And you don't have to have a horse. You can use a barn horse, I'm fairly certain, or you don't have to use a horse at all. Some of the equine clubs around here are filled with people who don't have horses, but just enjoy learning about them.

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