Saturday, July 23, 2011

Girls and Horses

Summer vacation was a great time to tackle a horse unit study.  The future veterinarian (Olivia) was in heaven working through all these things.  Lindsey seemed to enjoy it as well.

First I wanted all of us to get a better understanding of horses in general. So we read, A LOT!

Books we used:

Horse Breeds; by Daniel & Samantha Johnson
Arabian Horses; by Julie Murray
Pinto Horses; by Julie Murray
Ponies and Horses; by  Fiona Lock
The Essential Guide for Young Equestrians; by Libby Hamilton
Horse Crazy; by Jessie Haas
The Usborne Book of Horses and Ponies; by Lucy Smith
All About Drawing Horses and Pets; by Walter Foster
Complete Horse Care; by Judith Draper
A Field Full of Horses; by Peter Hansard, Illustrated by Kenneth Lilly
Hammond Undercover Horses; by Fran Hodgkins
Fold Our Horse and Pony; by Paul Calver

A Field Full of Horses (Read and Wonder) Cover

Horses (Hammond Undercover)

 

 

 

 

 

Then I went to the 4-H site and found great resources for those of us who don’t own a horse (yet).  These helped Olivia and Lindsey to really reinforce what we’ve read and learned.

4-H Publications we used:
Horseless Horse Project 1
Horseless Horse Project 2
Horseless Horse Project 3
Horseless Horse Project 4

Crafts:
Melissa & Doug Decorate Your Own Horse Figurine
Horse Acetate Sun catcher from Oriental Trading (discontinued I assume since I can’t find them on their site now).

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Olivia loved the All About Drawing Horses and Pets book!

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Olivia organized the 50 breeds of horses in order of her preference (since it was her gift).   Then Lindsey added the 1-50 stickers as she practiced her counting.

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To wrap it all us we went to a horse show to get some up close info on horses.  The girls LOVED it (105 degree temperature, not so much).  We spent time identifying  equipment, different breeds, markings and gaits.  

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This is one of my favorite photos of the day!  Love my tie-dye wearing cowgirl as she watches the riders through the fence.

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1 comment:

  1. Sweet! I might just have to look up some horse shows in our area now... never been to one!

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