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General Information

About 4-H

The 4-H Horse and Pony Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general management, training, nutrition, housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Horse and Pony Project.

4-H Mission

The Indiana 4-H Youth Development mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world.

4-H Vision

Indiana 4-H Youth Development strives to be the premier, community-based program empowering young people to reach their full potential.

4-H Creed

I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen. I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason. I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true. I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful, and useful. I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently. I believe in my county, my state, and my community and in my responsibility for their development. In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

What are 4-H Projects?

A 4-H project is a series of hands-on learning experiences developed for 4-H members. More than 45 projects are available from the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. Many additional projects may be offered at the county level. Most projects have manuals or instructional pamphlets to assist the 4-H'er with his or her project. 4-H is a "learn by doing" program. Leaders, junior leaders, and parents are encouraged to teach and work with members on how to complete a task, but members are expected to learn how to do things themselves and complete their own projects. One of the fundamental principles of 4-H is that through successful hands-on activities youth can build self-worth and a positive self-image. See Projects tab on the 4-H website:

How can a parent help their child?

A parent can counsel with your son or daughter in the selection of 4-H projects that are interesting and can be conveniently financed. Show interest and enthusiasm in their choices and help them understand what to do, when to do it, and how to carry out different phases of the project. Assist them with project work, but don't do the project for them. Your job is to teach, not govern; to guide, not to control. Learn to give increased freedom as your child develops and encourage healthy interests. Keep your child's focus on the knowledge gained, not the awards received.

What do you do at a 4-H meeting?

Participants get acquainted with one another and have fun doing group activities. Meetings consist of get-acquainted activities, hosting project workshops and answering questions, business meetings, planning for upcoming events and having FUN! Yearly club activities may include completion trips, pizza parties, and opportunities to give back to the community through community service projects.


Youth may become 4-H members when they enter the third grade and continue through grade 12. They may continue membership for a maximum of ten (10) consecutive years. An individual will be considered in the grade they are classified regardless of the time of year they enroll in 4-H and will advance in grade when they enroll in school the next year. A boy or girl living in one county may be a member in another county if it is more convenient.