Extension resources

The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through research-based education. Extension takes the University to the people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance of all Kentuckians.

eXtension and HorseQuest

The national equine resource team known as HorseQuest began collaborative work to harness the Cooperative Extension System’s best information to provide traditional and expanding clientele a source of reliable and up-to-date horse information on equine science and management. This group of horse experts includes extension horse specialists from around the country, including teaching and research faculty, veterinarians and professional extension staff from leading universities. Internet users can interact with these experts to obtain customized answers to their questions by asking a question and joining an online chat or web cast.  

Horse Pasture Evaluation Program

The Horse Pasture Evaluation Program began in 2005 as part of the Equine Initiative (now UK Ag Equine Programs) to develop stronger ties with Kentucky’s equine industry. To date, the program has performed 160 evaluations representing more than 30,000 acres in 20 counties. The programs goals are to provide detailed pasture management recommendations to horse farm owners and managers; improve pastureland by increasing forage quality and quantity and reduce the need for stored feeds such as hay and grain; and assess the potential risk of fescue toxicity for pregnant broodmares on pasture. The program is available to horse farms across the state regardless of farm size, breed or discipline. To find out more, please go here

4H Horse Program

About the Kentucky 4-H Horse Program

The objectives of the KENTUCKY 4-H HORSE PROGRAM are to provide a means for 4-H members to:

1.   Develop leadership, initiative, self-reliance, sportsmanship and other desirable traits of character. 

2.   Be better prepared for citizenship responsibilities through working in groups and supporting horse projects and activities. 

3.  Promote a greater love for animals and a humane treatment toward them.

4.  Experience the pride of working with a horse, pony or mule and being responsible for its management and welfare.

5.   Develop an appreciation for horseback riding as a healthy and wholesome form of recreation.

6.   Enhance their horsemanship skills and knowledge as well as understanding the business of breeding, raising and training horses, ponies and/or mules.

7.   Increase their knowledge of basic safety precautions in order to prevent injury to themselves, their horse and others.

The 4-H Horse Program in Kentucky is designed to reach youth that have a passion for horses, whether they own one or not.  The program offers a variety of areas that the 4-Hers can be involved, learn valuble skills, and make friends for life.  To participate in state level 4-H events you must be a member of your county 4-H Horse club and complete 6 hours of education through the club's certified volunteer leader. 

Horse College

Multi-county educational activity designed for the adult horse owner. The programs are a cooperative activity between Dr. Bob Coleman and county agents. The program is a seminar-based activity with four or five evening sessions covering a variety of topics. The topics for the sessions are selected with host agents to develop a program that meets the needs of their horse owning clients.

Find out more about equine extension here