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Title: Colorado State 4H Competitive Trail Riding Horse Project

Colorado State 4-H Competitive Trail Riding
Horse Project
The Competitive Trail Riding Program will be a
new part of the existing Horse Project
The Core Concepts stressed
  • Safe Horsemanship
  • Trail Riding SkillsLeadership
  • Ethical DevelopmentPersonal ResponsibilityFam
    ily InvolvementLifetime Recreational Skills

Helping youth develop life skillsWhich life
skills can be taught and practiced in
Competitive Trail Riding?
How does the public utilize their horses
  • Recreational riding
  • Trail riding
  • Hobby to share with families
  • The majority of horse owners do not show their

Who can participate? How can you be involved?
  • 4-H Members Participate in the pilot, clinics,
    competition, read the curriculum, do the project.
  • Parents- Read the curriculum with youth, ride
    with them, help them develop a conditioning
  • Leaders read the curriculum, put together
    mini-clinics, organize group rides.
  • Agents- read the curriculum, organize ride
    practices or competitions, identify resource

  • Any breed of horse, pony, mule or donkey may be
  • Must be sound enough to be ridden for 1-2 hrs 5
    days a week.
  • Have basic training
  • Stand tied
  • Load in trailer
  • Be under control at the walk and trot
  • Stay calm on trail rides, with and without other

Tack and Attire
  • Riding Helmet, sturdy boots/shoes with heels
  • Saddle- any style should fit horse and rider
    light weight is preferable
  • Bridle- any style, that offers the rider the
    control they require, and allows a halter to be
    worn underneath.

Riding Skills
  • Level 1
  • Control at walk, trot and canter
  • Ability to mount unaided
  • Ability to saddle and bridle horse

Time Commitment
  • A basic conditioning program requires 8 weeks.
  • Riding 1-2 hours 4 days a week.
  • Longer rides once each week.
  • Developing a conditioning program with the
    competition date in mind.

Goals we hope participants will achieve
  • Horsemanship skills for outside the arena
  • Learn how to take their horses vital signs.
  • Basic care techniques
  • Keep a records of conditioning training
  • Develop a conditioning program
  • Certification in Red Cross First Aid program
  • Develop Equine first aid
  • Make you and your horse into a team.
  • Develop a relationship and trust with your horse

Record Book
  • Use the current Horse/Livestock record book.
  • There will be a supplement to the record book
    consisting of a conditioning record.
  • Minimum of 8 weeks
  • Including pulse, respiration and time for cardio-
  • Distance traveled and time ridden each session

Scheduled Events
  • Work on this project pilot will start in the fall
    of 2007, after state fair
  • Clinic dates and locations for the pilot are
  • 1/26/08 Introductory Clinic, Urban Farm, Denver,
  • 2/9/08 Introductory Clinic, Saddle Ridge Farm,
    Loveland, CO
  • 3/5/08 Introductory Clinic, Garfield County
    Fairgrounds, Rifle CO
  • 2/23/08 Action Clinic, Urban Farm, Denver, CO
  • 3/15/08 Action Clinic, Last Resort Equestrian
    Center, Wellington, CO
  • 4/13/08 Action Clinic, Garfield County
    Fairgronuds, Rifle CO
  • First competition rides are scheduled for Spring
    of 2008. The dates will be announced by October
    1, 2007

Spin off projects!
  • Back country horsemanship and expansion of
    wilderness education
  • MAU? Mounted Assistance Unit/Crowd Control
  • SAR Search and Rescue/evidence maintenance and
    first responder education
  • Orienteering and use of GPS (Geo-caching)
  • Packing/Hunting

  • Teach Safe Horsemanship for Trail Riding
  • Practice Leadership
  • Family Interactive FUN!
  • Responsibility
  • Ethics
  • Lifetime Recreational Skills