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 Photos, awards etc.
 Dicussion
 Notes






Title: 4-H horse program : horses and horsemanship
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Table of Contents
    Copyright
        Copyright
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Introduction
        Page 2
    Showing light horses at halter
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Photos, awards etc.
        Page 5
    Dicussion
        Page 6
    Notes
        Page 7
        Page 8
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4-H HORSE PROGRAM
HORSES AND HORSEMANSHIP

This educational material has been prepared for 4-H use by the Cooperative Extension Services of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture and State Land-Grant Universities in cooperation with the National 4-H
Council and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Trade or brand names used in the publications are used only for the purpose of educational information.
The information given herein is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no
endorsement of products or breeds of horses by the Federal Extension Service or State Cooperative
Extension Services is implied, nor does it imply approval of products or breeds of horses to the exclusion
of others which may also be suitable.

This material was originally published by the National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy
Chase, Maryland 20815.

Programs and educational materials supported by National 4-H Council; Extension Service, United
States Department of Agriculture; and all Cooperative Extension Services of the State Land-Grant
Universities are available to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin or
handicap. All are equal opportunity employers.








SHOWING LIGHT HORSES AT HALTER


The opportunity to show a well-groomed and properly
fitted horse in top competition is a most rewarding
experience. Such shows attract ever-expanding crowds
in all sections of the United States. Methods of
showing vary somewhat among the different breeds of
light horses. However, the following points should be
learned by all exhibitors, regardless of the breed they:
are showing.

1) Be neat, clean and appropriately dressed for the
class.
2) Do not try to show a horse at halter until you are
sure you can control him. You will need to practice
with mock shows or trials.
3) Enter the ring and lead in the direction indicated by LEADING AT HALTER
the ring steward until the judge requests that the horses
line up for inspection.
4) Be alert, keep one eye on the horse and one on the
judge but remember the horse is the main attraction.
5) Leave at least ten feet between your horse and the
nearest other horse both in circling the ring and in the
line-up. .
6) When showing in line, hold the lead rope or strap in
your right hand about 12-24 inches from the halter. The
other end of the lead rope or strap should be neatly
doubled in the left hand. You may change hands if it is
more convenient to put your horse in position or in
showing to the judge. Try to attract the horse's attention
to the front so he turns his ears forward but do not hold
his head too high.
USE HALTER PRESSURE TO SET UP
7) Halter classes are shown "in hand," which means SQUARELY
that they are exhibited at the halter, preferably, or when
wearing a bridle. The halter should be clean, properly
adjusted, and fitted with a fresh-looking leather or rope
lead. If the horse is shown when wearing a bridle, the
leader should avoid jerking on the reins so hard that the :
horse's mouth will be injured.
8) Move his feet by pulling or pushing on the halter
rope as necessary along with putting your right hand on
his left shoulder and putting on pressure as needed.
Never use your feet to move your horse's feet. Proper
use of whip and voice cues are acceptable in showing
certain breeds.
9) Stand facing the horse near the left shoulder or in
front of him and face him in such a way as to be able to
see the animal and present a full view to the judge.
Avoid standing on the right side of your horse. Do not
be distracted by personsHORSE SET UP SQUARELY
be distracted by persons or objects outside the ring.







SHOWING LIGHT HORSES AT HALTER


10) Stand the horse as straight as possible with weight
distributed equally on all four feet. When standing, the
horse's hooves should point straight ahead. (Be careful
to avoid standing the horse in a low place).
11) The standing position of the horse should vary
according to the breed. For example, Arabians and
Quarter Horses are not stretched, but American Saddle
horses are stood with their front legs straight under
them and their hind legs back slightly. Other breeds are
generally placed in a slightly stretched position
between these two examples.
12) When you are requested to move out of the line
always move in a straight line away from and toward
the judge. Walk or trot at the left of the horse, close to
his shoulder, never in front of him. Bring your horse to
a complete stop at either end of the line before turning
him. When turning at the end of the line, turn him to
the right or away from you with his hind feet staying
nearly in place in order to keep him in line for the
judge too see.
13) If you are asked to back your horse push back on
the lead strap and back him one body length. If you
must push on him with the other hand, he is not well
trained.
14) Handle your horse with dispatch but do not excite
him. Never be rough to strike your horse in the ring.
15) Win modestly, lose without anger and remember
that good sportsmanship builds character faster than
purple ribbons.
16) Lead horse at a brisk walk or trot as judge directs,
with animal's head carried at a height appropriate to the
type or use of horse.
17) When judge is observing other animals, let yours
stand if posed reasonably well.
18) Be natural. Overshowing, undue fussing and
maneuvering are objectionable.
19) Show your animal to best advantage Recognize
the conformation faults of your animal and show it to
overcome these faults.
20) Respond rapidly to requests from the judge and
officials.
21) Be courteous and sportsmanlike at all times.
22) Keep showing until the entire class has been
placed and the judge has given his reasons.


LEAD HORSE AT A BRISK WALK OR TROT AS
DIRECTED.
AFTER RIGHT TURN ALLOW HORSE TO WALK
SEVERAL PACES BEFORE THE TROT.



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HORSE INDIVIDUALLY AT HALTER


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PLACE ANY PHOTOS, AWARDS, ETC HERE.


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DISCUSS THE JUDGES' REASONS FOR YOUR HORSE.


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NOTES


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1. This document is 4HHSG02, one of a series of the 4-H Youth Development Program, Florida Cooperative
Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Printed. Please visit the
FAIRS Website at http://hammockifas.ufl.edu.

2. Doyle Matthews, Utah State University, Debbie Glauer, member of 4-H Animal Science Design Team,
Department of Family, Youth and Community Science, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611.


.LI, UNIVERSITY OF
' FLORIDA
Cooperative Extension Service
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, Christine
Taylor Waddill, Director, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, publishes this information to further the purpose
of the May 8 and June 30, 1914 Acts of Congress; and is authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only
to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, age, sex, handicap or national origin. The information in this
publication is available in alternate formats. Single copies of extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available
free to Florida residents from county extension offices. Information on copies for out-of-state purchase is available from Publications
Distribution Center, University of Florida, PO Box 110011, Gainesville, FL 32611-0011. Information about alternate formats is available from
Educational Media and Services, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810. This information was published
December 1989, Florida Cooperative Extension Service.




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