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Welcome to Alberta’s 4-H Equine Project is a brief overview of the 4-H Equine project. The video highlights projects, opportunities and programs available to leaders. 

Clicking on the above link will take you to YouTube video

Horsemanship DVDs are now available on YouTube and broken down into four parts


4-H Horsemanship DVD

The 4-H Horsemanship DVD are available for download. Use the following instructions to download the YouTube to a USB.

Hook up your USB device to your computer. Click on the "open" option once that pops up automatically on your computer screen. Open your default download folder. Click and drag your YouTube file from your computer to your USB device folder.

Horsemanship DVDs are also available on YouTube and broken down into four parts.


Ground Work

Catching, Haltering, Holding the Shank, Leaving the Stall/Paddock, Leading Turning, Emergency Left Turn or Regaining Attention, Leading at the Jog/Trot, Standing Still, Backing, Squaring, Safe Handler Position, Using a Chain Shank Correctly, Tying Your Horse, Grooming, Saddling Western, Bridling, Unsaddling, Saddling English, Lunging, Ground Driving, Trailer Loading/Unloading, Blanketing, Non-Mounted Flexion

Part 1   |    Part 2   |   Part 3   |   Part 4




Mounting, Safe Passing, Emergency Stop or Spiral Down, and Passing Head On.

Rider 1 - Warm Up Flexion Dismounted, Mounted, Holding the Reins, Basic Position, Rhythm and Suppleness, Basics on the Lead Line, Bit Contact, Open Rein, Emergency Stop, Riding a Circle, Jog or Sitting Trot, Posting or Rising Trot, Stopping, Backing Up or Rein Back, Dismounting Sliding Down

Rider 2 - Mounted Flexion, Rider Warm Up, Emergency Stop or Spiral, Down Progression, Direct Rein, Diagonal Line, Jog or Sit Trot Progression, Circle Progression, Rising Trot or Posting Diagonals, Rider 2 Expectations, Lope or Canter, Lope/Canter Leads, Transitions, Dismounting Stepping Down

Part 1   |   Part 2    |   Part 3  |  Part 4


Horsemanship - Riders 3 and 4

Rider 3 - Warm up, Circles & Straight Lines, Changing Diagonals on a Straight Line, Stride & Size Variations at the 2 Beat Gate on a Circle, Transitions, Spiral Down to Introduce Bend and Collection, Introduction to Bend, Support Rein, Rein of Opposition, Introduction to Leg Yield, Figure 8, Indirect Rein, Using Romel Reins, Back up or Rein Back Progression, Introduction to Turn on the Forehand, and Putting the Pieces Together

Rider 4 - Warm Up, Sit Trop to Rise Trot Transition, Serpentine, Rein of Opposition Progression, Walk to Lope/ Canter to Walk Transition, Back up or Rein Back Progression, Introduction to Collection, English Half Halt/Western Check, Turn on the Forehand - Straight Spine, Leg Yield with a Straight Spine, Introduction to Side Pass, Introduction to Advanced Turn on Forehand, Introduction to Turn on the Haunches, Introduction to Simple Lead Change on Figure 8, and Neck Reining at the Lope

Part 1    |    Part 2   |   Part 3    |   Part 4



Horsemanship - Riders 5 and 6

Rider 5 - Review of Rein Effects, Lateral to Vertical Flexion Progression, Introduction to Shoulder In, Collection at the Jog/Trot, Half Halt or Momentary Check, Straight Spine Leg Yield Progression, Side Pass Progression, Figure 8 with Speed Variation, Simple Lead Change on a Straight Line, Simple Lead Change on a Serpentine, Advanced Turn on the Forehand, Introduction to Haunches In, Introduction to Haunches Out, Haunches in to Lope/ Canter Transition, and Turn on the Haunches Progression.

Rider 6 - Warm Up Flexion at the 2 & 3 Beat Gaits, Progression of Haunches In & Out, Haunches in to Lope/Canter Progression, Turn on the Haunches Progression, Walk Pirouette, Turn on the Haunches Using a Neck Rein, Side Pass Progression, Introduction to Counter Canter, Introduction to Controlled Gallop, Lateral Exercises to a Lope/ Canter Transition, and Introduction to Flying Lead Changes.

Part 1   |   Part 2 


Welcome to Alberta’s 4-H Equine Project is a brief overview of the 4-H Equine project. The video highlights projects, opportunities and programs available to leaders. 

Clicking on the above link will take you to YouTube video

4-H Equine Helmet Requirement

Effective October 1, 2011, a properly fitted ASTM/SEI (American Society for Testing and Materials / Safety Equipment Institute) or BSI (British Standards Institution) approved equestrian helmet must be worn by:

    • all Horsemanship Level 1, 2 and 3 members while mounted and

    • all 4-H members born in 2000 and later while mounted. 

Members involved in Vaulting are not required to wear a helmet. 

  • It is highly recommended that all other riders wear a properly fitted ASTM/SEI (American Society for Testing and Materials / Safety Equipment Institute) or BSI (British Standards Institution) approved equestrian helmet.

For more information on helmets, select one of the linked items below:

4-H Alberta offers an opportunity for young people to develop mentally, emotionally and socially through association with others.

4-H Horse projects have been developed with assessment tools (benchmarks), set up in skill and knowledge levels. These assessment tools help members with know what they are expected to learn and will be used to assess each member’s knowledge and skills in each project.

Before a member can participate in any of the varied horse projects offered, they must complete the first three levels in the Horsemanship Project, which focuses on general horse care and  safety.


Recommended Tack Guidelines for 4-H Equine Projects



.Steer Daubing Assessments

Stake Race
Stake Race Alternate 2
Stake Race Alternate 3
Stake Race Assessment




Alberta 4-H Standardbred Project

Deadline: Oct 20

The 4-H Standardbred Yearling Program coordinated by ASHA in a joint effort between Alberta Standardbred breeders and 4-H Alberta administer by the 4-H Section of Agriculture and Forestry.

Successful applicants to the Standardbred 4-H Project will be matched with a Standardbred breeder late in the fall of 2016. The breeder and the member will arrange for a weanling to be delivered to the farm or acreage where the weanling will remain unti lthe ASHA Yearling Sale is held in the fall of 2017.

During the project period (9-10months) the member will learn how to responsibly care for, feed, manage health requirements and the economics of raising a horse. Expenses, growth, and special conditins of the yearling, will be regularly reported, with open line of communication between the breeder and the member being encouraged throughout the project's durations.

With this project, the members will gain valuable knowledge and expertise relating to raising a Standardbred yearling. The member will receive support, leadership, information and advice throughout the project. The Standardbred Project culminates at the 4-H member's Achievement Activity and then at the sale of the yearling at the SHA Yearling Sale.

Previous participants in this project have gone onto careers in support sectors such as veterinary medicine, retail sales, and day to day care of Standardbred horses. Many have become enthusiastic race fans and have kept a close eye on how the yearling they helped to raise progressed!


Who Can Apply?

Open to 4-H members who are 12 years of age or older and have completed Rider Level 3 Dismounted who have the permission of their parent(s) and a recommendation from their 4-H leader. Participants must be a member in good-standing of a 4-H club. Applications must demonstrate adequate stabling, feeding and grazing facilities. Applicants will be expected to have horse experience, knowledge and adult assistance.

Click here to download the Alberta 4-H Standardbred Horse Project brochure  |  Application



Horse Showing

Most regions have a Regional 4-H Horse Show and there are many horse shows throughout the province that 4-H members may want to participate in.

The following will provide you with some basic information about what is generally expected at horse shows and for some of the more common classes. Please be aware that each region has their own rules regarding the specifics of their shows and it is important that you become familiar with them before you attend the show.

If you are planning to enter an open horse show or a breed show, you should check with that show for the rules that they use.

Not all regions offer all of the classes described here and some regions may offer classes that are not described in this document.

Horse Showing (complete resource, individual sections listed below)

English Classes
English Tack
Gymkhana, Games and Timed Events
Miscellaneous Classes
Rodeo and Cattle Events
Western Classes
Western Tack

Project Options

Please note that these sport events do not have supporting 4-H project material. Clubs are responsible for researching and obtaining the necessary information to safely explore these sports from the websites provided. The following equine sports are ones that some 4-H horse clubs are exploring.

  • Introduction

  • Driving

  • Endurance Riding

  • Polo

  • Polocrosse

  • Polocrosse Canada would like to show you how to play Polocrosse. We will come to your facility with experienced players, videos, racquets & Balls, and written materials. We will  work with your leaders to ensure that your clinic is a positive experience. Click here to see more.
    • Polocrosse Project
    • What is Polocrosse?

      As the name implies, Polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse.  It is played outside, on a field, on horseback.  Each rider uses a cane stick to which is attached a racquet head with a loose thread net in which the ball is caught and carried.  The ball is made of sponge rubber approximately 4” across.  The objective is to score goals by throwing the ball between your opponent’s goal posts.

      Polocrosse is a fun game and has been described as being a bit like hockey on horseback.  The game provides good, healthy, outdoor competition where teamwork and cooperation are highlighted.  The game emphasizes horsemanship, ball skills and strategy.

      At the elite level, it is a fast-paced, skilful, exciting game.  It presents an incomparable athletic challenge involving speed and stamina, demanding lightning quick reflexes of both horse and rider.

  • Drill Team - At the current time we don't have drill team project material available. The United States Equestrian Drill Association (USEDA) has a manual available for sale on their web-site which may be used. Clubs wishing to obtain a copy may do so directly from USEDA through their web-site:  If you would like to preview the manual, there is one available on loan from the Stettler 4-H office (403-742-7547).
  • Vaulting

Additional Resources

Feeding Horses

My Horse Needs Minerals But Which One?

Selecting the "Right" Horse for Youth or Adult

Approaching a Horse Safely

Horse Events Biosecurity Guidelines

Equine Links



Please note, items not available here can be obtained by contacting the Provincial 4‑H Office.