ALL THINGS EQUINE: A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH YOUTH ABOUT EQUINE MANAGEMENT TOPICS
Associate Professor & Extension Equine Specialist
LSU Agricultural Center
All Things Equine is a one-hour interactive educational seminar where 4-Hers are given the opportunity to interact with live animals and learn practical application of management techniques. 4-Hers from across the state are encouraged to participate in 4-H University; a week –long conference that allows 4-Hers to practice life skills acquired throughout their 4-H career, provides statewide networking opportunities, and a chance to experience college life. 4-H University is composed of competitive and non-competitive components. Participants from across the state compete in over 40 events reflecting projects they were active in during their 4-H career and attend non-competitive learning seminars for a total of 7 hours of instruction held at The Louisiana State University. During the non-competitive educational component of 4-H University, LSU AgCenter specialists and agents collaborate with professionals from the Louisiana State University Veterinary School to provide a program called All Things Equine. Instructors demonstrate equine evaluation techniques, health standards, and management practices to approximately 65 youth. Following each demonstration participants practice hands on techniques. Youth are allowed to evaluate equine vital signs on live horses, perform appropriate feeding techniques, evaluate fecal samples for parasite infestation, judge a class of performance horses, and age a live horse. Evaluations regarding the effectiveness for All Things Equine range from 4.2 -4.7 for the last two years on a scale of 5.0 with an average 4.35 (SD=0.2). Increases in the post-test scores compared to pre-test scores indicate that participants increased knowledge in all topics presented after participating in All Things Equine.
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Authors: N. Walker, L. Keating
Walker, N. Assitant Profosser & Extension Equine Specialist, LSU Agricultural Center, Louisiana, 70803
Keating, L. Associate Extension Agent, LSU Agricultural Center, Louisiana, 70803