Love 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 on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
Karen Waite, 4-H Equine Specialist
Phone: 517-432-0383 or
Taylor Fabus, Instructor
Department of Animal Science
July 28, 2017 | Katie Ockert | Animals exhibited at the county fair that will return to their home herds pose a significant biosecurity risk to the animals left at home. Follow these steps after the fair has ended to protect everyone.
July 28, 2017 | Taylor Fabus | Many universities like Michigan State University offer opportunities to be a college equestrian.
July 13, 2017 | Katie Ockert | Biosecurity related to 4-H projects is a matter of high priority. Taking simple precautions will protect animals, members and consumers.
June 6, 2017 | Michelle Neff | A basic understanding of showmanship, no matter what species of animal you are showing.
May 17, 2017 | Taylor Fabus | With minimal planning, you can easily include sportsmanship lessons into competitive events.
May 8, 2017 | Taylor Fabus | It’s easy to overlook simple horse trailer maintenance, but investing a small amount is crucial to ensure the safety of your equine friends.
April 28, 2017 | Taylor Fabus | Learn what judges must consider when evaluating Arabian horses at halter.
April 28, 2017 | Taylor Fabus | Cerebellar abiotrophy is a neurological disease found mostly in Arabian horses. Though there is no cure, there are ways to prevent its spread through responsible breeding.
April 24, 2017 | Taylor Fabus | After struggling with PTSD, Air Force veteran Warren Van Overbeke found solace in a new equine companion.
April 12, 2017 | Taylor Fabus | A few deep breaths and these tips and you’ll be ready for the show pen in no time!
Sep 10, 2017 | Barry Expo Center, 5778 N M-37 Hwy., Hastings, MI 49058
Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 17, 2018 | Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688