4-H Youth Horses


A big THANK YOU to Lisa Borg at State Line Tack for sponsoring the 2022 Kentucky 4-H State Horse Show High Point awards! 


HAY, THERE! Do you have a horse on your property? What about a small herd of ponies? A mule to protect your flock or a donkey for companionship? No matter if you have one or 100, a show mount, work horse or pasture potato, we want to hear from YOU!

 Did you know that traditional ag counts, like those done by the USDA, underestimate Kentucky’s equine industry by nearly 50 PERCENT?! The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Horse Council are looking to fix that problem – and you can help!

 Why is this information important? Accurate counts of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in the Commonwealth will

  • Improve equine health care
  • Inform workforce development
  • Aid in supporting proposals for business ventures or grants
  • Identify emerging markets
  • Educate and inform state and local policy makers
  • And much more

Help us protect our unique equine community by providing your contact information HERE to help us best determine a sampling strategy for the 2022 Kentucky Equine Survey. Every horse owner deserves to be heard!

As always, all information is confidential and will never be shared. Questions? Contact Dr. C. Jill Stowe at jill.stowe@uky.edu.


Vaccination Rule for State Show

In an effort to protect all horses, due to the recent outbreaks of the neurologic form of herpesvirus, the Kentucky 4-H Horse Program has mandated that horses showing at district and state 4-H horse shows must be vaccinated against flu and rhino within 6 months of the show date. Proof of vaccination will need to be provided along with Coggins and Health Papers.  We will follow USEF rules on the vaccination and verification process, which can be found here _ USEF Vaccination Rules_

This decision to require vaccination was voted on at the February 27th Spring Horse Advisory Council meeting by the district delegates.  Although none of the vaccines available currently claim to prevent against the neurologic form of the disease, studies have shown that some vaccines decrease viral shedding and produce higher antibody titers. The vaccines with the greatest ability to limit nasal shedding and viremia of the neuro virulent strain include the vaccines licensed for control of abortion (Pneumabort®-K & Prodigy®), and the MLV vaccine (Rhinomune® & Calvenza®).


AFS 4-H Youth Horse Team

Dr. Fernanda Camargo, DVM, Ph.D.
Equine Extension Specialist
610 W.P. Garrigus Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40546


Mary Jane Little, M.S.
Equine Extension Associate
615 W.P. Garrigus Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40546


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