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4-H Club members learn about horses at workshop

March 05, 2013
  • 4-H Leader LeAnn Johnson, left, demonstrates the bone structure in humans and horses as bone labels are stuck on a willing volunteer at this year's 4-H Horsemanship Standards Learning Day.
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While many children kick back and relax on their Presidents Day break from school,  learning never stops for the 4-H Horse Project Members in Washington County.

Presidents Day found these students at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville busily engaged in a series of workshops designed to provide hands-on learning of the knowledge needed for them to advance in the state’s Horsemanship Standards Recognition Program.

Classes this year focused on the more advanced concepts required for levels three and four, said 4-H leader LeAnn Johnson. 

“We have worked hard to develop the resources needed to support this learning,” she said.  Each participant received guidebooks for levels one through four depending on their advancement.

Area volunteers Betsy Ayers, Donna Schmidt, Amanda Hall, Johnson and Cindy Lions made the activity happen as 4-H members were taught workshops on cause, transmission and symptoms of equine diseases, vaccination regimes, taking equine vital signs, nutrition levels in forages and concentrates that make up the equine ration, types of bits and their actions, skeletal anatomy and its effect on conformation, common conformation faults, and the differences between blemishes and serious conditions that affect the soundness of the horse.

In addition to a cross-section of learning activities, participants had an opportunity to get to know each other in a fun environment and received door prizes and other participation goodies. 

If you have a horse-loving child between the ages of 8 and 18, check out the 4-H Horse Clubs in Washington County by contacting the local extension office at 301- 791-1404. 

The only thing needed to participate is a love of horses and a desire to learn more about them.

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