Animal Science 4-H Horse Roundup

Twelve 4-H members from around the state gathered to participate in Animal Science Roundup this June 23-25. Animal Science Roundup is an extension of the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference that takes place every year at Iowa State University’s campus. The horse section is organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Specialist Peggy Auwerda. 

Wrapping a leg
4H Roundup Youth Wrapping a Leg

Students are selected to participate and gain hands-on learning experience. The first day of the program consisted of Nikki Ferwerda, the horse farm supervisor collecting a stallion and discussing semen evaluation. Next, leg models were used to allow youth to practice wrapping legs. The second day consisted of a trip to Prairie Meadows Backside and Track side. Jon Moss, Executive Director of the Iowa H.B.P.A. gave a wonderful tour and discussion of horse racing. The youth were allowed to discuss the horses training on the track, visit the jockeys room and assess equipment, visit the area where urine or blood specimens are obtained from the first or second place finishers after a race and visit the track office where horses are signed up to race. The afternoon consisted of the youth learning to body condition score and measure weight in horses, evaluate a digestive tract and Kirk Hatfield discussed Ranch Riding.

The last day of Animal Science Roundup included a skillathon and quiz bowl where the youth are quizzed over the items they learned about at Roundup.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack Test Barn
Jon Moss and Dr. John Sweeney discussing
the test barn at Prairie Meadows Racetrack &