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Florida Horsemanship School

Based on guidance from the UF Office of Youth Compliance Services, youth will not be permitted to stay overnight in campus housing for summer 2021. Therefore we are saddened to relay that we will not be able to host horsemanship school for 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone at the other Horse Program events, and then back for Horsemanship School '22!

  • School Overview

    The information below gives an overview of typical Horsemanship School plans. Even though we cannot hold it in 2021, we hope that youth will look forward to 2022.

    Horsemanship Schools are typically held in Gainesville at the UF Horse Teaching Unit over the course of two or three weeks -- one for Western, one for English, and if interest warrants, one that is a "Cowboy Camp."

    4-H Horsemanship School is open to 4H members who are between the ages of 11-18 years old as of the beginning of the 4-H year. Instruction places emphasis on horsemanship and equitation during morning and evening riding sessions. Ground work: safe handling, grooming, tack, behavior and psychology, roping, suppling exercises. Mounted: suppling exercises, developing core strength, aids, rail work, posting, 2 point, dressage, trail obstacles, patterns, cavalletti, and trail riding. Additional sessions are planned for lecture/demonstration as well as recreation. 

    Youth in any week are required to bring a quiet, well-mannered horse that is safe for the rider and will get along well with other horses. Horses must tie. The Horse Health form contains advice on preparing your horse in addition to just documenting its health care. Please look through it now when you register and not right before the school.

    Refer to the Information Packet and Schedule for details about previous Schools that may be used for reference when planning for 2022.

  • Chaperones

    Adults are needed to accompany youth with an ideal ratio of 1:5 chaperones to 4Hers. Chaperones must be willing to supervise youth from other counties if needed. Members from counties that provide a chaperone will have first priority for school slots. Members from counties that do not have a chaperone traveling will be asked to assist with the chaperone fees.

    Adult chaperones will have to complete the chaperone/training required to supervise 4-H'ers at overnight programs, if they are not already certified.