Special Horse Opportunities
The Horse Project, one of the Animals & Agriculture Projects, is an independent or club project that engages youth (ages 5-18) interested in learning about horses. The project focuses on equine selection, nutrition, management, riding, recreation, fun, and horsemanship. Horseback riding provides an outdoor sports fitness program for physical, personal, and emotional development, including confidence building.
The objectives of the SC 4-H Horse Program are to encourage 4-H members:
- To enhance diversity with leadership, character building, and citizenship responsibilities through safe and humane horsemanship.
- To teach horse industry knowledge and good horsemanship in a friendly competitive atmosphere.
- To recognize the value of horseback riding as a healthy recreational activity.
Age Divisions: South Carolina 4-H recognizes the following age divisions (a child’s ages is determined based on their age on January 1 of the current year)
- Cloverbud, 5-8 years of age
- Junior, 9-13 years of age
- Senior, 14-18 years of age
Cost: $10 4-H membership fee and some clubs may have additional fees.
Helmet Policy: The South Carolina Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Horse Program (4-H Program) requires that all riders wear protective headgear that meets or surpasses current applicable ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards while riding in all 4-H Horse Program sponsored events and activities, including events and activities offered at the County, District or State level. Learn more about the helmet policy.
Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability: When dealing with live animals, we understand that we should expect the unexpected. Some SC 4-H Horse Program events and activities may require the parent/legal guardian to fill out a form. Learn more about the assumption of risk and release of liability.
This project is a year-round 4-H project. The member may continuously participate for a year or multiple years.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do I have to own a horse?
No, youth do not have to own a horse or pony to participate in this project, but they will need a desire to learn more about horses.
- How do I find a local 4-H horse club?
We have 4-H Horse Clubs all over the state. To find a club near you, contact your local Clemson Extension Office. To find your local office visit our county office page.
- Do I have to be a member of a 4-H horse club?
Don't have a 4-H horse club in your county. No problem. You have two opinions:
- Start your own 4-H horse club by contacting your local Clemson Extension Office. To find your local office visit our county office page.
- Become an independent member! Independent members complete a horse record book and participate in SC 4-H Horse Program event and activities. These members work hard to independently to gain knowledge on horse facts and the horse industry.