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THE EQUESTRIAN PROJECT BOOK

Ages 16 and Older as of January 1 of Current year


4-H Motto “To Make The Best Better”
*Information to complete the Horse Project Book is located in the Horse & Horsemanship and Horse Science books that are available at the MSU Extension Office.
Immunization information can be found at the Kent County Horse Leader’s website - http://www.kentcountyhorseleaders.comImmunization and Coggin’s Guidelines”.

Questions should be directed to your Club Leader who may request clarification from the Project Book Committee.


Please do not use page protects on these pages. Page protectors can be used on photo pages and extra credit reports.
Please keep pages in numerical order.
Please do not use a binder larger than 1” unless the additional reports

require a bigger Binder


KENT COUNTY YOUTH FAIR EXHIBIT TAG

Project

Horse Record Book

Dept





Section




Class #




Exhibitor Name




Club Name




Exhibitor #




A

B

C

Honorable Mention

Outstanding
RECORDKEEPING DATES

Project Book Began on:      

Date Project Book was completed:      


RIDER Information

Name:      

Address:      

City/State/Zip:      

Date of Birth:      

4H Age:      

Years in Horse Project:      

Exhibitor #      


4H Club Name:      

4H Club Leader:      

Leader Phone #      

Horsemaster Level (Check one):

 Novice W/T  Novice Intermediate  Novice Advanced

 Junior Intermediate  Junior Advanced  Senior Intermediate

 Senior Advanced  Horsemaster

 Horseless Novice  Horseless Junior  Horseless Senior



Horse Information

Name of Horse:      

Horse's Nickname:      

Breed:      

Registration #      

Not Registered: 

Color:      

 Mare  Gelding

Year Foaled:      

Horse's Height:      

Horse's Weight:      

Purchase Date:      

OR Lease Date:      

Describe your horse using proper terminology for breed, color, sex, markings, etc. (example: I ride an American Paint Quarter Horse who is a tobiano and white Gelding, etc)


     



PLACE FULL BODY PHOTO OF YOUR Project Horse/Pony HERE
Side View of Horse

No saddle or rider

A photo of your project animal is required. Photo should show entire horse clearly.



HORSE HEALTH

Veterinarian Name:      

Phone #      




WRITE a detailed report on 3 methods YOU use to provide Preventative Health Care and Maintenance to your horse. (Attach extra page(s) if necessary.)

     

VITAL SIGNS

Horse’s temperature:      

Respiration:      

Pulse:      


Coggin’s TestLinks to the Michigan Department of Agriculture are on the “Immunization and Coggin’s Guidelines” at www.kentcountyhorseleaders.com

Why does the state require a Coggin’s test for equines to participate at events?      
How is EIA transmitted?      
Name three (3) ways we can help prevent EIA from spreading?

1.      

2.      

3.      




IMMUNIZATIONS – Information found @ http://www.kentcountyhorseleaders.comImmunization and Coggin’s Guidelines”.

List the diseases that Kent County 4H requires immunizations for?

1.      


2.      
3.      
4.      
5.      
Give 2 reasons why Kent County 4H requires immunizations against these diseases?

1.      

2.      

What 4 additional diseases are recommended that your horse be immunized for?

1.      
2.      
3.      
4.      


Dental Care

Equine Dentist’s Name:      

Phone #      


TEETH GROWTH CHART








Profile Name

Age Range

1.

     

     

2.

     

     

3.

     

     





DEWORMING

After reviewing “Internal Parasites” in the Horse Science book, name three health issues that are caused by internal parasites.

1.      

2.      

3.      




Which two internal parasites are most dangerous to young foals/horses?

1.      

2.      



Hoof Care

Farrier’s Name:      

Phone #      


LAMENESS

What action is seen when the sound limb of a lame horse strikes the ground?      

Define the term “founder” (laminitis):      

Name and define 2 issues of unsoundness of the front legs:

1.      


2.      

Name and define 2 issues of unsoundness of the rear legs:

1.      


2.      

What is the difference between“unsoundness” and a “blemish”?      

FIRST AID http://www.extension.org/pages/10397/treating-cuts-and-tears-in-horses

Explain the 6 step of treating cuts and tears


1.




2.




3.




4.




5.




6.




What percentage of blood can a horse lose before it becomes critical?      


Approximately how many quarts of blood does a 1,000 pound horse have?      



COLIC

Name and Describe the Five (5) types of Colic?

1.      

2.      

3.      

4.      

5.      





Name four (4) types of symptoms a horse may exhibit when colicing?

1.      

2.      

3.      

4.      



Name three (3) types of treatments a vet will administer:

1.      

2.      

3.      




Name four (4) ways a horse owner can help prevent colic:

1.      

2.      

3.      

4.      





CONFORMATION

What is the most desired shoulder angle and WHY?      


Describe how the angle of the shoulder affects the motion of the horse.      




NUTRITION – WATER (Fill in the blank)

Water is the (1)       component of all body fluids. Between (2)       and (3)       of adult horse body weight, and (4)       to (5)       of foal body weight is water. A loss of (6)       to (7)       of body water is fatal.

Approximately how many gallons of water does a horse need for each activity listed:

Non-working, maintenance

     

Gestation

     

Peak lactation

     

Moderate work

     

Heavy work

     


NUTRITION – FORAGES

What are the two (2) main forms of forages?       and      

Which type of forage includes hay and straw?      


Which type of forage only has 20%-30% dry matter?      

What are the two (2) basic types of forages?       and      

Which of these are higher in fiber?      

Which of these are higher in proteins, energy, vitamins and minerals?      


SAFETY as listed in Horse and Horsemanship, Chapter 11

After reviewing the safety rules listed in your 4H science books, choose three safety issues you feel are very important and explain why.

1.      

2.      

3.      






Project GOALS

Name one equitation skill that you worked on this year (keeping chin up, feeling a diagonal or lead, keeping legs quiet, etc):      

Name one skill you’re improving on with your horse (mounted or dismounted).      


Education

List seminars, clinics, demonstrations, meeting presentations, educational books, articles, training DVDs, etc.



Date      

Event/Topic (YouTube, Magazine, ie)      



Topic/Title:      
What did you learn?      

Date      

Event/Topic      


Topic/Title:      
What did you learn?      


EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

What equipment or supplies did you purchase or borrow for your horse this year?

 I am a horseless member

Item:

Who purchased the item or from whom did you borrow it?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


TACK – BITS (Fill in the blank)

Bits are used for (1)       and (2)       through different (3)       points.


What are the seven (7) pressure points:

1.      


2.      
3.      
4.      
5.      
6.      
7.      


Bits rest on the part of the mouth called (1)      , which is an area between the (2)       and (3)       teeth.

A good set of (1)       hands is the first piece of equipment that needs to be (2)      .

What are the four (4) parts of a bit:

1.      

2.      

3.      

4.      


What are four (4) factors that contribute to the severity of a bit:

1.      

2.      

3.      

4.      


Snaffle bits are, by definition, (1)       action bits with the reins attached directly to the mouthpiece.

What three (3) pressure points are affected by a snaffle bit?

1.      

2.      

3.      



Curb bits operate on a (1)       principle. It has a functional curb (2)       or (3)       adjusted to fit in the (4)       groove area on the underside of the lower jaw, and reins attach to the shanks.


What five (5) pressure points are affected by a curb bit?

1.      


2.      
3.      
4.      
5.      

A Tom Thumb bit is often referred to as a snaffle, but it is actually a (1)       curb and not a snaffle. When a jointed mouthpiece is attached to (2)       shanks and a (3)       strap, it creates a considerably more (4)       bit than a simple D-Ring or eggbutt snaffle. With the curb strap attached, pressure on the shanks of the bit can pull the (5)       mouthpiece into a (6)       action on the (7)     .


Show Records

Date

Show

Class

Placing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 I was not able to show this year. Explain please:      

 I am a horseless member.



Club Meeting (includes mounted meetings) attendance & instruction and/or riding lessons

Date


Meeting Topics

Time Spent

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

TOTAL

     


Equine Report or Story

Subject/Title:           


Signatures

As a 4H Member, I verify that I have read the requirements and instructions for completion of this Project Book and I understand that I must score 70% or higher in the requirements to complete the project and compete for awards. By signing, I agree with and understand the requirements of this project.

Member’s Signature:




Parent’s Signature:

Parent Comments:      




By signing my name as leader of the club I verify that this member:

 Is in good standing with the club

 Has read and understands the Requirements and knows a score of 70% or higher is required to compete for awards.

 Has read and understands the instructions for completing the project book

 Completed this project book in the current year to the best of the member’s ability.


Leader’s Signature:


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Please place the documents directly behind this page and in this order.
Failure to include these documents will exclude the member from receiving an Honorable Mention or Outstanding Ribbon
IMMUNIZATIONS
COGGIN’S TEST

KEEP SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

This includes Riding Pattern and Dismounted Abilities

Must Score 80% or better to move up

Keep a copy for your records.

You will need it for next year’s book unless you move to a new level.

general information and instructions
Properly kept records are a vital part of horse ownership. Records give a clear picture of what you have invested in the project. Records also provide you with accurate facts about your horse project. Because your horse is intended to be your year-long project, the Project Book should begin September 1st. However, there are exceptions, such as a change in horse or obtaining a horse later in the project year. You are responsible for writing an explanation for the judge.


  • All signatures are required. The parent signature may be waived if the 4H member is 18 years of age or older.

  • A score of 70% or higher with all pages complete is required to compete at the Kent County Youth Fair for awards, trophies or ribbons.




  • The book may be decorated or enhanced as long as all pages are included and kept in order. Additional pages, photos and memories must be at the end of the project book.

  • Do not include pages from previous years unless they are part of a story or report you are including. "Previous Year" is defined as information prior to the Project Book deadline date of last year. (You may use last year's pictures and show records from fair.)

  • The Horse Project Book must be bound in some fashion. No loose pages please.

  • Clearly label reports and stories. Reports and stories must include the date authored.

  • You must use the project book for the current calendar year.
  • BONUS options include: Community Service Project Report, In-Depth Story or Report, additional Photographs, Exceptional Organization and Creativity, Additional Education experiences. You can earn up to 45 Extra Points.


  • Exhibitor # is the first letter of the member’s last name with the last 4 digits of social security number.

  • 4H age is the member’s age as of January 1st of the current 4H year.

  • Years in horse project do not include years as an Explorer but does include the current year.

If you have questions that are not covered, please consult with your leader. Your leader may direct their questions to the Project Book Committee.



The Equestrian PROJECT Book SCORE CARD

**JUDGE MUST CONTACT 4H LEADER IF COGGINS AND VACCINATIONS ARE NOT CURRENT OR ARE MISSING
A score of 70% or more is needed to complete the horse project. If the horse project is considered incomplete, youth may exhibit at the youth fair, however participation will be considered Exhibition, meaning no eligibility for ribbons or trophies.

Section/Elements (17 PTS.)

Score Possible

Score Achieved

Recordkeeping Dates

2




Rider Information

5


Horse Information

5




REQUIRED full body photograph of project animal

5




Horse Health (78 PTS.)

Vet Information

2




Detail Report on Preventative Health Care and Maintenance

6




Vital Signs

3




Coggin’s Test Questions

5




Immunization Requirements Questions

11




Dental Care

2




Teeth Growth Chart

6



Deworming


5




Hoof Care

2




Lameness

8




First Aid

8




Colic

16




Conformation

4




NUTRITION (20 PTS.)

Water

12




Forages

8




EXPERIENCE/Education (75 pts.)

Safety Questions

6




Project Goals

2



Educational Experiences


8




Equipment and Supplies

3




Tack – Bits

42




Show Record

2




4H Club Meeting attendance & Instructions and/or riding lessons

4




Detailed Equine Report or Story

5




All required signatures

3




REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION (30 PTS)







Immunization Documentation(s)

MUST HAVE CURRENT YEAR REQUIRED VACCINATIONS

10




Coggin’s Test Documentation

Sept. 1 of previous year through current Fair Year


10




KEEP Skills Evaluation

10




PROJECT BOOK TOTAL Must achieve 70% (154 pts.) or more in this section

220






OPTIONAL Bonus Section

Community Service Report

5




In-Depth Report or Story (1-5pts. for each report. Must be dated and completed in current 4H year. Maximum 10pts.) Points awarded are based on effort and completeness.

10




Photo section displaying 4H member and horse project in current 4H year

1 pt per photo up to 5 pictures



5




Exceptional organization, creativity

10



Extra Educational Experiences (5 pts. Each)


15




Total possible bonus points awarded

45




GRAND TOTAL FROM ALL SECTIONS

265





Honorable Mention (ribbon) is awarded for Project Books receiving more than 226 points overall and only if ALL required elements are completed.

A = 198-220

B = 176-197

C = 154-175

E = 0-153: Fail to meet requirements-will not be allowed to compete for awards/ribbons/trophies at Fair.
Outstanding Award (ribbon)

Top 10% of The Rider projects

Top 10% of The Wrangler projects

Top 10% of The Equestrian projects


Questions about this score can be directed to: _______________________________
Comments from judge:

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