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AYHC Quarterly Newsletter


The AYHC Research Committee is gathering research articles on the impact of youth and horse activities. Articles will be summarized here with a link to the full research content for further exploration. If you have a research project to share, please email

Anderson, K.P. & Karr-Lilienthal, L. (2011). Influence of 4-H Horse Project Involvement on Development of Life Skills. Journal of Extension (On-line), 49 (5), Article 5IAW2. Available at:

This study surveyed 4-H horse project members who competed in non-riding horse contests of Horse Bowl, Demonstrations, Public Speaking and Art at the Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede.  Of the youth participating, 44/90 (nearly 50%) completed an online survey, responding to a variety of questions on a five-point Likert scale and which included demographic information such as age, gender and years in 4-H.  Questions were categorized to determine the influence participation in the 4-H Horse project had on development of life skills, increased general horse knowledge, and future educational plans.  Eighty-six percent of respondents moderately to strongly agreed that their life skills were enhanced.  The life skills that appeared to influence the most included handling pressure, respecting officials, sportsmanship, goal-setting, self-motivation, and leadership, respectively. Eighty percent indicated that they moderately to strongly agreed in realizing some relationship and benefit to their college plans as a result of participating in the contests.  Youth participating in non-riding horse contest utilized the horse to enhance their life skills and increase their science-based knowledge to make them more productive young people.

Nadeau, J., McCabe Alger, E., & Hoagland, T. (2007). Longitudinal Study of the General Knowledge of 4-H Horse Members. Journal of Extension, (On-line) 45(5), Article 5RIB6. Available at:

This was a 3 year study in which the questions in a general knowledge exam given at the
Eastern States Exposition 4-H Horse Show were randomized and categorized in order to determine the strengths and weaknesses of 4-H youth. Youth were from the six New England states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) and approximately 100 took the test each year. Performance peaked in youth with 6 years of attendance, followed by youth with three years of attendance. The highest mean scores were in the categories of health and disease, breeds, colors and markings, and anatomy and physiology. The lowest mean scores were in nutrition, reproduction, and history and evolution, indicating that these are areas with the most room for improvement by participants. The authors state that this system may have potential for inclusion in the national hippology contests due to its simplicity and potential benefit to coaches, Extension educators, Extension specialists, and 4-H youth. This seems to be an effective method of tracking growth of an individual 4-H member as well as the success of targeted program planning in states.


The AYHC Quarterly Newsletter is always looking for great pictures of kids connecting though horses. If you have a photograph you’d like to share please send it to 1104 Gemini Circle, Portales, NM 88130, or email to along with the AYHC release form.

 Games and Resources

Take Me Riding- an all breeds "edutainment experience" for children ages 5 to 9
- The online solution to all your animal-related record-keeping needs
My Horse University Equine Farm Safety Training - Learn how to be SAFE at the barn with this free online safety course 
eXtension HorseQuest – Discover the answer to your horse questions
University of Kentucky's Agripedia  – Learn more about agriculture, including horses
Equine Science 4 Kids - Play Rutgers Equine Science Center's new game Exercising Horsepower

 Submit your own!

If you have a good resource that you feel should be shared with other members of AYHC please submit it to Executive Director Danette McGuire at 

  Affiliated Links

The following educational institutions, associations and corporations partnered with AYHC to better serve the equine industry and its youth.


Alaska 4-H
Alberta 4-H Equine Advisory Committee
American Horse Council
American Association of Equine Practioners
American Morgan Horse Association
American Paint Horse Association
American Quarter Horse Association
American Saddlebred Horse Association
American Vaulting Association
Animal Welfare Council
Appaloosa Youth Association
Arabian Horse Association
Blaze Magazine
Braid Pal
Chariot Riders
Central Florida Community College
Certified Horsemanship Association
Colorado Horse Development Authority
Cornell University
Double L Stables

eXtension Horse Quest
Florida 4-H Foundation
Georgetown College
Girl Scouts of Detroit - Innisfree Equestrian Center
Harness Horse Youth Foundation
Horsemen's Council of Illinois
Horse of the America's Registry
Idaho Youth Horse Council
International Buckskin Horse Association
Junior Master Horseman
Kentucky Thoroughbred Association
Michigan State University
Minnesota 4-H Horse Association
National High School Rodeo Association
National Western Stock Show
New Jersey Horse Council
North American Equine Ranching Info Council (NAERIC)
North Carolina State University
Paso Fino Horse Association
Penn State University
Pony of America's Club
Purdue University
Purina Mills
Rutgers University
Tarleton State University
Tennessee Walking Horse Association
Tennessee 4-H Foundation
United States Pony Club
United States Equestrian Federation
United States Trotting Association
University of Florida - 4-H Foundation
University of Louisville
University of Maryland
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Virginia Horse Council
Virginia Tech University

Walking Horse Owners Association
Western Horseman
Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association
Wisconsin State Horse Council
Youth Beats Magazine




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