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4-H Riders Offer Winter Riding

By:  Amber Booge

For the 3rd year in a row, the 4-H Rider’s club has participated in a scheduled open riding event during the cold winter months. This event gives 4-H enrolled youth the chance to ride their horses in a heated indoor arena. They can either work with their horses or simply come to ride with their fellow 4-H friends. This year, open riding is held at Northwood’s Arabians owned by Kathy Monico on the first and third Sunday of each month, beginning in January and ending the beginning of April. Horses must have a negative Coggins test and all riders must wear helmets. Cost is $10 per horse. We have had 15+ horses and riders participate in this event. While this event does not have a specific training structure, riders have played some fun horses games including soccer with an exercise ball, football, catch with a basketball, maneuvering through trail obstacles, riding through the barrel pattern and even a little bit of roping. Getting back in the saddle during the winters months is a great way to keep your horse tuned up for spring!

Any questions, please contact a 4-H Rider’s leader and please let them know if you plan on attending.


Mari Jo Lohmeier
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 732-3391
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