Virginia Tech Equine Extension
Looking for the Youth 4-H Horse Program?
The emphasis of Virginia's 4-H Horse and Pony program is project based learning about equine selection, nutrition, management, riding, recreation, fun, competition, horsemanship, and sportsmanship. Horseback riding provides an outdoor sports fitness program for physical, personal, and emotional development, including confidence building. The sport can develop into a life-long hobby or career. Projects are available for youth owning or having access to horses, and also for youth not having access to horses (horseless horse projects).
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Equine Extension & MARE Center Contacts
In addition to managing the MARE Center, Tait Golightly’s work aims to increase health awareness for horse owners by harnessing technological advancements for equine purposes—along with other livestock.
Sally Johnson leads the equine exercise program, including research and teaching focused on understanding mechanisms mediating muscle and tendon repair.
Katherine Carter is the interim coordinator for the Youth 4-H Horse Program.
Erica Feuerbacher leads the behavior program emcompassing the research, extension, and education efforts focused on modifying and understanding motivations behind horse behavior.