Four-H horse project members who competed in non-riding horse contests were surveyed to evaluate the influence of their horse project participation on life-skill development. Contests in which youth competed included Horse Bowl, Demonstrations, Public Speaking, and Art. Youth indicated a positive influence on both life-skill development and horse knowledge. Eighty-six percent indicated they strongly to moderately agreed their life skills were enhanced. Youth participating in these types of projects utilized the horse as a tool to increase their science-based knowledge combined with life-skill enhancement to make them more productive young people.
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Anderson, K., & Karr-Lillienthal, L. (2011). Influence of 4-H Horse Project Involvement on Development of Life Skills. The Journal of Extension, 49(5), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.49.05.14