Sevie Kenyon: The benefits of the 4-H youth equine program we’re visiting today with Liv Sandberg, Department of Animal Science University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension in the College of Agricultural Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon. Liv, tell us a little about the 4-H horse program.
Liv Sandberg: The 4-H horse program in Wisconsin is still going strong and we still have about 4500 youth that are participating statewide. We have several different activities all the way from county fairs to state programs such as Horse Bowl or Speech and Demo. Activities like that for all different types of youth to be involved.
Sevie Kenyon: Liv can you give us an example of one of these educational opportunities?
Liv Sandberg: Let’s take quiz bowl, for example, in Horse Bowl they learn to not only study the information but they learn to think quickly. They learn teamwork from each other and how to balance out to make sure that they don’t take all the questions when some of their other teammates may need to. Um, when it comes to just studying they’re learning consistency. They’re also learning how to apply themselves and continue on with this activity throughout the year, not just two days before the competition.
Sevie Kenyon: What kind of people are involved in this?
Liv Sandberg: We have a wide range of people who are involved with horses and we have a lot of youth who have, you know, just one horse that they’ve had for years, or maybe they bought an older horse cause that’s what they could learn on and they just enjoy doing the healthcare and riding the horse to its ability and taking it to the county fair and truly doing what we call a “horse project.”
Sevie Kenyon: Liv, if people are interested in the 4-H Horse Program what should they do for more information?
Liv Sandberg: There’s a few different ways they can find some information. If we start with the bigger picture they can go the state 4-H site and under that they see an animal projects link and when they click on that link, then they will get to the horse link. That will provide a lot of information for our state programs and in that there’s what we call a horse handbook that covers all the different activities in the calendar that we have for our state programing. They can also find information, in regards to the county projects, by just talking to their county Extension 4-H agent. In each county’s a little bit different in regards to how big their project is and what activities they offer at the county level.
Sevie Kenyon: And Liv, what keywords should they search for if they need to find that site?
Liv Sandberg: They should search for “Horse”, “4-H”, “Wisconsin”, and then also you could search for “Horse Handbook”, and that should bring up some of the information. Our state activities are handled through a group called “The 4-H Horse Association” so they could also type in a couple of those search engine words, too.
Sevie Kenyon: We’ve been visiting with Liv Sandberg, Department of Animal Science University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon.