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The Chaffee County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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Colorado 4-H Horse Projects:



Horseless Horse:

Animal Identification on 4HOnline:

All 4-H Horse Project members are required to upload an animal ID in 4-H Online. This is done in The deadline for completing the Colorado 4-H Horse Identification is May 1.

Directions to add an animal ID:

  • Log-in to using your family email.
  • Click View next to members name
  • Select animals on the left side navigation.
  • Click on the “add New Animal” blue button toward the top.
  • Under Add an Animal, choose an Animal Type.
  • Click “Add Animal”.
  • Fill out the information (note the red required sections).
  • Add attachments (Horse – photos of right side, left side and front; Dog – one photo, copy of vet records). (NOT all have a  requirement for “county use form”, but some do. Please check your species listed on this page)
  • Click on “Submit”.

Required Forms:

Colorado 4-H Horse Resources:

Note: Written tests are not available online and must be taken at the Chaffee County Extension office.

4-H Horse School participants at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Albuquerque, N.M. (Andres Leighton/AP Images for National 4-H Council)

Horse Knowledge Tests:

All livestock, poultry, dog and horse exhibitors must take an animal knowledge test and pass with a 70% or higher to be eligible to show at the county fair. Typically these tests must be completed by late June every year. Contact the Extension office for details.

Additional Information and Policies:

Leasing a Horse: Horses are expensive and leasing a horse is a great alternative to owning one.  Your project will look the same as other 4-H Horse members who own their horse, but with a few exceptions. All deadlines apply to all 4-H horse project members regardless of ownership of their horse. You will need to complete a separate 4-H Animal Care Form (primary care) and have it signed by the 4-H Agent if you are leasing a horse. This can by found on the Chaffee County 4-H Horse Page. You will need to work closely with your lessor to upkeep proper feed and health records etc.

Levels: Levels testing is a statewide program promoting safety and skill advancement.  Nearly all levels require both a written and riding test. Certain levels must be reached to ride in different disciplines. Contact your agent, leader, or horse committee member to started. More information on levels testing can be found on the Colorado 4-H Horse Levels Testing website.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Contact our office at 719-539-6447.