This 56-page booklet is for the Montana 4-H Working Ranch Horse Project, Levels 1-4, which is a heritage-based, activity rich program designed to pass on to today's youth the traditional practices of safe livestock handling from horseback. This is not a rodeo project, but instead, a practical and exciting guide to using horses for handling, sorting and moving cattle. This project also teaches mounted roping skills as a humane and useful livestock handling tool as well as branding techniques, housing and care of cattle and horses. Like all 4-H projects, Working Ranch Horse members will develop the qualities of leadership and responsibility that comes with being engaged in 4-H.
The establishment of the 4-H Working Ranch Horse project is an attempt to preserve age-old skills and traditions. Specifically:
- Basic cattle management practices
- Riding the trail
- Roping in a pen or pasture
- Handling horses from the ground
- Demonstrating horsemanship skills
- Learning to identify and use ranching equipment and tools
This project guide is Working Ranch Horse specific and not a duplicate of the materials found in other 4-H manuals and materials. You are encouraged to use alternative 4-H materials to supplement the information found in this book as well as references related to western horsemanship.
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