Horseless Horse Program

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The Horseless Horse Project is designed for 4-H members interested in learning about horses but that do not own or lease their own. The focus is on life skill learning and can be easily transferred to the horse project, should a member purchase or lease a horse.


NOTE: NOT all Clubs have a Horse Project Leader nor someone knowledgeable enough to take on the Horseless Horse Project. Please contact us so we can better route you to the appropriate club supporting this wonderful project!




Horseless Horse classes MUST only be entered by a project member who meets the following criteria. (It is strongly suggested that each county follow this guideline for their fair classes to avoid confusion when entering the State 4-H Horse Expo.)


1. All horseless horse exhibitors must wear an SEI approved equestrian helmet when mounted.

2. A horseless horse project member is defined as a 4-H member who has no one on one access to a horse. They do not own their own horse. Their family does not own or lease a horse. (Cloverbuds may not be horseless project members.)

3. Horseless horse project members MUST show only in horseless horse classes.

4. The horseless horse person must be working with a current 4-H horse project member (Buddy) or leader. The same horse may be shown by both members. This is the only horse the horseless horse member may show. (Two Horseless Horse members may NOT show the same horse.)

5. The “buddy” may not be a sibling that resides in the same household. (If two siblings are showing the same horse, that is family owned or managed, both siblings are classified as horse project members.

6. Horseless horse members are expected to work with the horse owning 4-H horse member or leader to learn about the horse, (including grooming, clean up, tack, riding, etc.).

7. Horseless horse members are expected to participate in horse project activities.

8. The horseless horse project member is not managing or leasing a horse owned by someone else.


The following 4-H horse members are NOT considered horseless horse members:

1. They own and are showing their own horse or show a leased horse.

2. Their family owns or leases a horse or pony.

3. They are showing a horse owned or leased by a family member. (Two family members may show the same horse – see Expo Rules & Class List “General Rules for Horse Show”.)

4. They are showing a horse that is owned or leased by someone other than a current 4-H horse project member or leader.

5. Managerial: Defined as a youth who exhibits a horse that no other 4-H Horse Project youth is using and that is owned by someone other than the exhibitor or a family member of the exhibitor. The youth is responsible to ensure the horse is taken care of properly.