In spring of 2020, Chris Skelly of MyHorseUniversity contacted me about my post, “All Parts of Me.” We had a nice conversation about accessibility and diversity in real horses in relation to 4-H and how model horses could help. At the end of our talk, she mentioned putting together a MSU Extension Proud Equestrian Program Instructor’s Virtual Workshop. She later contacted me to see if I was still interested in doing an hour talk about how model horses could be used in 4-H. My topic’s title was Model Horses:A Window Into The Equestrian World.
I was interviewed leading up to the webinar for her My Horse University Podcast. You can listen to the podcast episode below!
Tyler Cappaert Equine Nutrition Specialist – My Horse University
I always get nervous prior to speaking, but once I start it melts away. I really enjoyed speaking to the group about model horses. I introduced myself.
And then I gave an overview about what I’d be talking about.
I expanded upon each of the different parts of the hobby and how 4-H leaders could use them. Model horses really are a window into the equestrian world. There’s so much one can be a part of and usually with a lower initial cost. I think I gave the leaders some ideas for how to add or expand usage of model horses in their groups.
It’s funny because I was only a member of 4-H for a singular year. I didn’t enjoy my experience in my local group so I allowed it to cloud my judgement towards 4-H as a whole. I’ve been more involved with 4-H as an adult because I like the idea behind the organization. Pennsylvania even has a state show every normal year.
Thank you again for inviting me Chris! Talking with the Michigan 4-H leaders was enjoyable.