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WHAT IS HIPPOLOGY?

Hippology is the study of horses. In the 4-H Horse Project there are many ways to learn about horses. Reading books and magazines, the internet, riding lessons, clinics and workshops are some of the many different ways. Most state 4-H Horse Programs suggest the use of educational resources and the two most recommended books that help leaders, novice and junior members are ‘Horses and Horsemanship’ and ‘Horse Science’ (referred to as the green books), revised and expanded by Ray J. Antoniewicz. These books may be purchased through the 4-H Supply Catalog by calling 301 961-2934 or the 4-H Mall. The National 4-H Horse Curriculum includes a series of six Horse project guides and a Leader Guide . The 4-H Horse Project Wyoming Book, put out by The University of Wyoming College of Agriculture is another helpful book.

In addition to the two ‘green books’ mentioned above, there are several resources that a 4-H leader or coach will use for the older junior members and seniors. These resources are endorsed both Regionally and Nationally and are used in preparation for hippology contests. Many leaders/coaches will use hands on material, actual tack, feeds etc., using the resources as guidelines to ensure consistency for contests. Please see the list of resources below.

The Hippology Contest

Most contestants compete as a team, however, in some smaller states where there are fewer horse members and clubs, contestants may compete individually. At the Regional and National level, contestants must compete as a team. The objective of the Hippology Contest is to provide, in a friendly but competitive setting, an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H to demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and understanding of equine science and management, and in particular, the practical application of this knowledge and skill. It is hoped that this contest will generate new friendships and be a rewarding experience for the contestants. Teams consist of 3-4 members. In teams where 4 compete, the member receiving the lowest overall score will not be included in team totals but will be considered for all individual awards. In teams of 3, all scores will count in determining team and individual awards.

There are 4 phases to the Hippology Contest, each approximately 200 points.

  • 0. Exam Phase:
  • 1. Written Exam
  • 2. Slides
    Examples: breed, color, markings, disciplines etc.

  • 0. Station Phase:
  • 1. Identification of items such as grains and forage, tools, equipment, harnesses, anatomy, tack, etc.
  • 2. Use of temperature, pulse, respiration to assess a horse’s health.
  • 3. Measurements such as shoe sizes, saddle, wither height, etc.

  • 0. Judging Phase: Contestants will be required to place classes consisting of conformation and performance from videos or slides. (No oral reasons.)

  • 0. Team Problems: All teams are presented with the same problems. Each team has equal time to discuss then orally present a solution or series of suggested procedures relative to the problem. Evaluation is based on understanding the problem and logic used in the response. A judge may ask questions. Examples could be behavior problems, assembly of equipment, how to run a horse show or 4-H horse fundraiser, horse management, etc.

    Reference Materials:

    Horses and Horsemanship and Horse Science, 4-H Source Catalog 4-H Mall.

    Illustrated Dictionary of Equine Terms New Horizons, Alpine Publ. 1-800-777-7257

    The Horse (2nd edition) Evans, Borton, Hintz, Van Vleck, 1-888-330-8477, A special price may be available if ordered from publisher 414-391-5870

    The Coloring Atlas of Horse Anatomy Dr. Robert Kainer/Dr. Thomas McCracken, Alpine Publications 1-800-777-7257

    Horse Industry Handbook by AYHC, 1-800-952-5813 The 4-H Catalog carries this also.

    Youth Leaders Manual by AYHC, 1-800-952-5813 The 4-H Catalog carries this also.

    Feeding & Care of the Horse (2nd edition) by Lon Lewis, 1-800-638-0672



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