Giddy Up & Go

Grades 3-4

Giddy Up and Go focuses on the introductory basics and familiarizes youth with horses. Activities include horse body shop, designing the perfect horse, paper dolls, human cues and group relay knot.

Chapter 1: Discovering Horses

Taking Riding Lessons

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Keeping a Horse

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Horse Sounds Online

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Online Height Converter

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Understanding Horse Behavior

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Anatomy of a Horse Quiz

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Measurement Procedure for Horses and Ponies

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Chapter 2: Horse Appearance

Horse Coat Colors

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Methods of Identification for Horses

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Breeds of Horses

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Light Horse Breed Types and Uses

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Arabian Horse History

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American Quarter Horse History

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Mounted Police Horse

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North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

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Therapeutic Riding Center

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Horse Conformation

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Body Condition of Horses

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Chapter 3: Behavior and Safety

How Horses Learn

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The Horse Whisperer

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Proper Horse Handling Rope

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Safe Knots for Tying Up Horses

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Tie Your Own Simple Rope Halter

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Helmet Safety

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Safety Equipment for Horse Riders

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Stay A Kick Away

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Horse Barn Safety Check

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American Association for Horsemanship Safety

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Be Prepared for an Equine Emergency

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When to Call the Vet

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Essential First Aid Kit

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How to Take Your Horse's Digital Pulse

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First Aid Supplies for the Barn

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Horse Health Care

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How to Check Vital Signs

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Keeping Your Horse's Health Records

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Understanding Horse Behavior

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Basic Horse Care

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Learning by Doing Approach

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Chapter 4: Exploring

Pattern for a Stick Horse

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Head, Heart & Hooves

Grades 5-6

In Head, Heart and Hooves, youth learn about horse behavior, detailed anatomy and basic care practices for horses. Activities are pony up to the salad bar, body condition scoring, bad hair day, and long in the tooth.

Chapter 1: Anatomy

Fossil Horses

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Horse Skeleton Quiz

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Horse Conformation

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Unsoundnesses and Blemishes

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Conformation and Horse Judging

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Horse Balance

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Chapter 2: Nutrition

Ration Balancing

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Reading Feed Tags

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Horse Nutrition

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Water Sources

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Equine Nutrition

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Chapter 3: Horse Looks

Teeth Aging

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Equine Dentistry

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Horse Teeth Care

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American School of Equine Dentistry

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Horse Hoof Anatomy

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Grooming Basics

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American Farriers Association

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Homemade Grooming Aids

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Safe Grooming Practices

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Bathing Horses

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Proper Basic Hoof Care

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Chapter 4: Sizing Up

Buying and Selection Tips

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Body Condition Scoring

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Horse Judging Resources

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Conformation and Judging of Horses

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Grooming, Training, Showmanship

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Stable Relationships

Grades 7-9

Stable Relationships teaches youth about keeping horses healthy and teaching basic care to youth are the heart of this activity guide.

Chapter 1: Reproduction

Foal and Mare Care

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Horse Genetics

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Coat Color Heredity

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Health Care: Disease Prevention

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Chapter 2: Health

Parasites of Horses Diagram

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The Skinny on Tapeworms

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Spotting Signs of Colic

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Colic Fact Sheet

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Giving Horses Injections

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How to Administer an Injection in Horses

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Pest and Parisite Managment

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Tapeworms in Horses

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Chapter 3: Housing

Fence Safety

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Prevent Horse Fence Failure

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Grazing Management

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Pasture Care

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Pasture Management for Horses on Small Acreage

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How to Catch a Horse

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Build A Barn That Works

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Style, Substance, and Barn Design

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Essential First Aid Kit

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Chapter 4: Management

How to Control Manure Piles

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Manure Strategies: Compost It!

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Buying Your First Horse Tips

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Safe Trailering

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Loading a Scared Horse

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Record Keeping for Horse Related Business

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Selecting Horses and Budgeting Horse Interests

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Budget Worksheet

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Riding the Range

Grades 10-12

Riding the Range explores beginning riding skills and everything youth need to know before they get on a horse for the first time. Activities are round pen workout, bridle in a bucket, saddle up, where do you ride, and basic riding.

Learner Outcomes

You will find interesting and exciting activities in this guide. You’ll learn about horse nutrition, equine teeth, purchasing decisions, judging horses and much more. Don’t be afraid to jump right in and don’t give up if the activity doesn’t work the first time.

These activities may challenge you to explore areas of the horse project that you haven’t experienced before. Do your best to complete each activity and answer the questions. You may need additional resources for some activities. This community, magazines, books, videos and DVDs, information from breed associations and feed manufacturers can help you. The public library, other horse enthusiasts and your extension center will have more information.

Chapter 1: Getting Ready

Bits and Their Proper Use

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Understanding Bits for Horses

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Before You Buy A Saddle

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Saddle Facts

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Horse Blanket Q&A

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Leg Protection

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Tack Safety

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Nine Points of Saddle Fitting

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How to Fit a Bridle

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How To Put On A Saddle

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Be Prepared for an Equine Emergency

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Essential First Aid Kit

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Monitoring Your Horse's Vital Signs

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Keeping Your Horse's Health Records

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Ask A Vet

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Chapter 2: Riding

Riding Helmet Safety Standards

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Safety Equipment for Horse Riders

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English vs. Western Riding

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Trail Etiquette

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How to Scope Out a Safe Road for Trail Riding

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Trail First Aid Kit

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Trail Riding

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Building A Horse Course

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Trail Patterns

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Basic Horsemanship

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Chapter 3: Training

Beating The Big Spook On The Trail

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Teach A Horse To Cross Water

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Building A Horse Course

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Safe Horse Handleing Techniques

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Voice Commands

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Training: Longeing

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Longeing Can Ensure A Safe Fun Ride

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Longeing Safety

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Teaching Your Horse to Longe

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Teach Your Horse Perfect Manners

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How Horse's Learn

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Library of Horse Training

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Make Every Moment a Time to Train

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Horse Logic

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Training: Common Sense Horsemanship

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Training: Ground Manners

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Training: Trust

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Training: Vary the Intensity and Acvitity

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Chapter 4: Style

Improvement Tips

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Improving Your Balance

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Hand Position

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Holding the Reins

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Putting Mistakes Behind You

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Judge's Perspective

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Western Pleasure

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Saddle Seat Equitation

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Patterns

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Equitation Patterns

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Jumping to New Heights

Grades 10-12

In Jumping to New Heights youth experience the ins and outs of a horse. Activities include quarter system showmanship, self-rating sheets, goal selection and winning isn’t everything.

Learner Outcomes

You will find interesting and exciting activities in this guide. You’ll learn about horse reproduction, illnesses, health care, shelter, finances and much more. Don’t be afraid to jump right in and don’t give up if the activity doesn’t work the first time.
These activities may challenge you to explore areas of the horse project that you haven’t experienced before. Do your best to complete each activity and answer the questions. You may need additional resources for some activities. The internet, magazines, books, videos and DVDs, information from breed associations and feed manufacturers can help you. The public library, other horse enthusiasts and your extension center will have more information.

Chapter 1: Ready to Show

Western Fashion

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English Fashion

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Braiding

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Step-By-Step Braiding Instructions

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Mane Braiding Technique

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Head and Neck Carriage: Fashion vs. Function

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Tips to Calm Your Jitters

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Chapter 2: Patterns

Memorization Tips

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Basic Patterns

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Building a Pole Holder

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Multi-Maneuver Showmanship

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Dressage Improvement

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Dressage Training Resources

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Hand Position

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How to Make Same Size Circles

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Smooth & Precise: Western Riding Pattern 2

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Super Skills Showmanship

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Chapter 3: Ethics

Livestock Ethics

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What it Means to 'Just Do the Right Thing'

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Debate Central

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Character Counts

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Chapter 4: Leadership

Peer Mentoring 2

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Horse Show Planning

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Adventures of a Novice Horse Show Manager

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Service Learning

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Helper's Guide

Interactive group activities in the Horse Helper’s Guide make knowledge come to life for youth with special tips for leaders to help youth acquire life skills. There is added attention to safety and subject matter throughout the series.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development

As you work with young people, it is important to take into account where they are in their stage of development. Not all people develop in the same way at the same age. But there are certain patterns within youth development that are commonly expressed by most youth. Understanding these characteristics will help you better reach and teach your audience.

Basic Life Skill Development

As a helper for the horse project, one of your primary goals is to help youth gain knowledge about horses. However, it is equally important to emphasize the learning of “life skills.” These skills transfer beyond the actual activity. Life skills are critical in helping young people become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. The Targeting Life Skills (TLS) Model (Hendricks, 1996), identifies and divides the major life skills targeted in 4‑H youth development by the four H’s from the 4‑H clover that represent Head, Heart, Hands and Health. These four are further divided into categories and then into specific life skills as shown.

Chapter 1: Information Mania

Record Keeping for Horse Related Business

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Resumes

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Chapter 2: Relating to Others

Ethics and Animal Welfare Resources

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Dealing with Grief

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Kentucky Project Record

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Florida Project Record

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