NEW Montgomery County 4-H Horse Club

— Written By Tracy Blake
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A woman talks to a group of adults and girls at a horse stable.

Montgomery County 4-H has a NEW Club open to youth 5-18 interested in learning more about horses, or equine, if you’d like to use the scientific name!

A woman introduces a horse to two young girls.

Club leader, Savannah Heath, serves as the Economic Development Coordinator for Montgomery County. Savannah is a Montgomery County native who returned to the area after attending college at UNC Charlotte. She is a product of Montgomery County 4-H’s Youth Leadership Program and a true horse enthusiast! In addition to taking advantage of the many beautiful trail riding opportunities in our county, Savannah and her equine counterpart, “Dusty,” compete in endurance rides of up to 50 miles!

A woman leads a horse.At this month’s club meeting, youth learned safe horse handling procedures such as keeping your hand on the horse when walking behind. Not making sudden movements or loud noises and talking is calming tones. They then had the opportunity to groom Dusty with different brushes and pick up his feet to check for stones. Savannah also demonstrated Dusty’s impressive stretching techniques. He will put his head all the way between his legs in exchange for a horse cookie!

We want to thank Savannah and the owners of 4B farm for allowing the club to come out and meet this month. Thank you to Ms. Cathy, the owner, who also had cupcakes and juice for all our 4-H’ers! We look forward to having this club meet monthly. As a new club, the dates have not been fully set, but the current plan is to meet on Thursday afternoons at 5:30 p.m. once per month for local meetings and to plan some weekend field trips to horse events in the surrounding area. To keep up to date with all of the upcoming club information, enroll in 4-H Online for Montgomery County or reach out to Livestock Agent Tracy Blake at