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Author: Tonya Totin
If you have a child who is fascinated by horses, turn that interest into a horse science study. The number of resources available on the topic are astounding.
My daughter has had a love of animals, especially horses, practically since birth. As early as three, she could name the horses’ breeds using the Breyer horses handed down to her from her dad. Any time she would spot a pony ride while we were out, she had to participate. She would even wait for several turns at the amusement park carousel to ride a certain Appaloosa.
As she grew older, that passion never wavered. Since I homeschooled my children, I used her love for horses to teach her the academics she needed. We incorporated math, science, history, literature, and even life skills while expanding her knowledge on the subject she loved. When she approached high school age, she began to explore career possibilities related to horses and animals in general.
The list of resources for horse science and lessons listed below is just a jumping-off point. We have reviewed, vetted, and compiled a list of resources that we know will make a well-rounded horse study. The links are arranged by grade level, where needed. However, for the most part, all ages will enjoy the listed resources.
If your child enjoys this subject as much as my daughter, I have a piece of advice for you.
SADDLE UP AND ENJOY THE RIDE!
70 Horse Science Study and Lesson Resources for K-12
Create customized horse study and lessons for your homeschool or classroom with this large list of horse resources we have compiled.
The links are organized by grade level, and we’ve also included resources all ages will enjoy. Design your horse lessons and study to fit your child’s interests. It might be overwhelming to try to fit it all in, depending on your schedule and allotted time for your horse study.
Preschool/ Elementary Activities
- Kentucky Derby
- Thoroughbred Life Cycle Activity
- Horse Breed Cards
- Przewalski’s Horse
- Montessori Inspired Horse Unit Study
- Horse Lesson Plan for Younger Children
- Color Coat Genetics
- Equine Coat Color Genetics Lesson
- Equine Science resources for the older student: A wealth of information and links
- Horse Breeds Activity
- Quiz Your Horse Knowledge
- Scientific Classification
- Science Fair Project Ideas for Horse Lovers
- How Old is That Horse: How to use a horse’s teeth to determine a horse’s age
- Looking into Careers for Horse Lovers
All-Age Resources for a Horse Study and Science Lessons
If you are teaching multiple ages during your horse study, below are resources that will work for lessons that involve a variety of grade levels.
- Horse Science News
- Equine Knowledge Contest
- Sample Equine Husbandry Questions
- Hippology Study Resources
- How to Take Care of a Horse
- What is Equitation?
- Equine Nutrition Basics
- Basic Horse Nutrition
- Eat Like a Horse
- The Difference in Riding Styles
- Horse Competitions
- Horse Jumps Explained
- American Quarter Horse Association
- Seven Drills for Riding Correctly
- All About Horses
- Horse Breeds Powerpoint
- Horses of Shackleford Banks
- Equine Science 4 Kids website from Rutgers
- Exercising Horsepower: exercise physiology computer game
- Horse anatomy
- Horse anatomy
- Gaits and Anatomy
- How To Ride A Horse
- The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.: Many lesson plans are offered as well as information on finding a local club to check out!
Add some interesting videos to your horse science study and lessons:
How to Become a Farrier
Mounted Patrol: A Day in the Life Video
Horse Experiments and Hands-on Activities
- Making Horse Treats
- Composting Science
- If you have horses, here is an experiment you can do with them
- Dragonfly TV video on horse ears
The Science Of Horse Racing
- Scientists believe they have found a “speed gene” in racehorses
- What We’re Learning From Horse Racing Research
Add Some Math to Your Horse Science Study and Lessons!
- Math For Horse Lovers
- The Geometry of Dressage: High School
- How a Jockey’s weight affects Speed: High School
- The Physics of Show Jumping: High School
- Counting Strides
- Walking the Course
- Ride and Solve: Online math game: Geared for Elementary
- My Smart Horse: Online Math Game: Geared for Elementary
- How to draw horses
- Horse drawing tutorial
- How to draw a horse video
- Zentangle horse coloring page printable
- Horse coloring pages
Horse Unit Studies
Virtual Fieldtrip Opportunities
Other Resources We Have Used with Our Horse Science Study
Reading books, coloring books, and sticker books are an excellent complement to a horse study When studying human or animal biology, a good anatomy coloring book is appropriate for middle and high school students too. Included in the links below is Secretariat – this is a good read for high school.
A personal favorite are the Dover sticker and coloring books. Below are the titles we enjoyed in our horse science study. The stained glass mini-coloring book is a favorite for the K-5 crowd!