Horses: Our Special Friendship

Throughout our mutual history, humans have had a special relationship with horses. 

There are two videos to choose from to learn about what makes horses special.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

You’ll see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities or a project.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects located at the end of this learning block!

Take A Deeper Dive!

Horse Biology

Taking Care of a Horse

Longer documentaries

Activities

Learn to Draw a Horse

For this activity, you will need a piece of paper and a pencil or marker. You can also use coloured pencils, markers, or paints to colour your drawing when you are finished. You can pause this video at any time while you are drawing if you need more time.

Save your drawing to your portfolio when you are finished.

Make a Paper Horse

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Paper: white, brown, black, and red (or any colours you’d like to make your horse!)
  • Googly eyes (or a marker to draw eyes)
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Note: You can make your horse stand on a square instead of a circle if you don’t want it to rock.

Remember to include a picture of your creation in your portfolio!

Label the Parts of a Horse

Points of a horse

Make a copy of your horse drawing from activity 1. Now label as many parts of a horse as you can using the above image as a reference.

Add this to your portfolio.

Project

Learn More About Horse Breeds

Watch the video on different horse breeds. Create a poster for your favourite breed of horse.

Include the following in your poster:

  • Interesting facts of this breed
  • Average size (remember, we measure horses in hands!)
  • What type of work is it most adapted to?
  • Include a drawing or download a picture

You can refer to this website for more information on the most popular horse breeds.

When you are finished, be sure to add this poster to your portfolio!

Advanced Project

Create a Presentation on the Evolution of the Horse

The evolution of horses is well documented. After watching the above video (and the earlier video on horse evolution in this learning block), create a presentation using Google Slides or a similar program, on the evolution of the horse. Consider including the following:

  • A timeline
  • Descriptions of scientific evidence (e.g., fossil or DNA)
  • Maps of distribution
  • History of domestication

You can do further research for the content of your presentation here

Save your presentation to your portfolio when you are finished. Write a description and then provide a link.

Books

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.

Read Aloud Book

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