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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 Skills *Leadership

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Colorado State 4-H Competitive Trail Riding Horse Project



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The Core Concepts stressed: the existing

*Safe Horsemanship

*Trail Riding Skills*Leadership

*Ethical Development*Personal Responsibility*Family Involvement*Lifetime Recreational Skills


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Helping youth develop life skills the existing Which life skills can be taught and practiced in Competitive Trail Riding?


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How does the public utilize their horses the existing

  • Recreational riding

  • Trail riding

  • Hobby to share with families

  • The majority of horse owners do not show their horses.


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Who can participate? the existing 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 program.

Leaders – read the curriculum, put together mini-clinics, organize group rides.

Agents- read the curriculum, organize ride practices or competitions, identify resource people.


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Horse the existing

  • Any breed of horse, pony, mule or donkey may be used.

  • 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 horses


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Tack and Attire the existing

  • 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.


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Riding Skills the existing

  • Level 1

  • Control at walk, trot and canter

  • Ability to mount unaided

  • Ability to saddle and bridle horse


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Time Commitment the existing

  • 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.


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Goals we hope participants will achieve: the existing

  • Horsemanship skills for outside the arena

  • Learn how to take their horse’s 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


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Record Book the existing

  • 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- recovery

    • Distance traveled and time ridden each session


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Scheduled Events the existing

  • 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, CO

    • 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


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Spin off projects! the existing

  • 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


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Summary the existing

  • Teach Safe Horsemanship for Trail Riding

  • Practice Leadership

  • Family Interactive FUN!

  • Responsibility

  • Ethics

  • Lifetime Recreational Skills


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