While the 4-H program was born over 110 years ago in the United States with a focus on corn, cooking and cows, this non-formal educational program for youth has evolved in many ways to meet the needs of more suburban states like New Jersey. For example, you can be a member of a 4-H horse club without ever owning a horse, riding a horse or ever coming into direct contact with one!
Approximately 1,600 youth belong to the 4-H horse program in New Jersey and only about a third of those own their own horse while another third have access to an animal by borrowing or leasing a horse from someone else. For the remaining third with no access to a horse, these youth join New Jersey 4-H, which is administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, to learn about the equine animal they love. They learn about breeds of horses, the anatomy and physiology of the horse, the nutritional needs, styles of riding and equipment, as well as facts about reproduction and the equine industry as a whole. [Read more...]