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Equine Science: The Horse Crash Course - Semester Class

Ms. Lora
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Have a horse-crazy kid? You have made it to the right place! This semester class is designed for your horse-crazy child to gain a great introduction to the world of horses! Students will learn about identification, health and horse judging.

Class Experience

US Grade 2 - 5
Beginner Level
18 lessons//18 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to the Course - External Anatomy
Students will learn general equine anatomy including parts of the body, parts of the hoof and general structure of the horse. We will dive into the importance of knowing the correct parts of the horse and play a game amongst each other of identifying each part.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Colors & Markings
This week, students will learn about horse coat colors and markings. We will practice identifying individual horses by their coloring and markings. Students will learn the differences in coloration and become comfortable with shades and variations within each coat color.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Paint & Appaloosa Patterns
Students will now learn patterns in relation to paint and appaloosa horses. We will recognize individual patterns within each and develop a deeper understanding of what makes each unique.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Pony Breeds
Let's dive into the world of ponies! What are the classifications of a pony? Students will learn about various pony breeds, and we will look at physical attributes, purpose, brief history and personality traits.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Light Horse Breeds
Now onto common riding horse breeds! These horses are fast, athletic and fun to ride! Students will learn why these horses are typically used for riding and will gain a breed overview for these horses.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Draft Horse Breeds
These are BIG horses! Get ready to be amazed by the power of the draft horse as students study these gentle giants from the lens of a horse lover!
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Learn About the Healthy Horse - Equine Vitals
Students will learn about what makes a horse healthy and the outline of BCS, vital signs, and terminology as we begin to dive into horse illnesses.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Not a Healthy Horse
Students will learn about different illnesses that are more common in horses and explore each in relation to what each illness is.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Blemish & Lameness Issues
What is a blemish? What is an unsoundness? This week, students will discover and learn about different blemishes and unsoundness issues within the horse. We will be using a hand-out supplied by the teacher.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Skeletal Anatomy & Equine Dentistry
Students will discover the skeletal anatomy of the horse as well as examine a horse's teeth, learning basics of aging and development of the horse.
 Week 11
Lesson 11
What is Horse Judging?
In this class, we will discuss what it means to be a judge, individual events that will come up during this course, and will learn how anatomy plays a part in judging a horse.
 Week 12
Lesson 12
It's a Beauty Contest? Yes, It's Halter!
In this class, students will learn what conformation is, as well as, dive into the meaning and purpose of equine form to function. At the end of class, we will introduce a halter class and identify conformational quality and flaws together.
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Judging a Halter Class
Time to judge your first halter class! Learners will be presented with a halter class and will judge the class based upon what they see. Once students have judged the class, we will openly discuss what we have seen in the horses presented, qualities we appreciated, flaws that we disliked and placings we gave.
 Week 14
Lesson 14
The Performance
In this class, we will begin looking at judging performance/riding events in the english and western disciplines. Each discipline offers different events which will be explored in this class. We will discuss the key points of judging a performance class and the style of each event. Students will be introduced to scoresheets, scoring systems and penalties.
 Week 15
Lesson 15
Judging Performance Classes
Students will judge, score and take notes on two separate classes of different performance disciplines. After scoring each class, we will discuss as a group how everyone in the class scored, horses that met the criteria of the class the best, any penalties that occurred during the class and each students’ overall placing.
 Week 16
Lesson 16
Tell Me Why
Students have developed the beginning of a judge’s eye and now it is time to begin the introduction of reasons. We will discuss how to put together a basic set of reasons, use correct terminology, and delivery of a reasons set. Students will develop one set of reasons from a given halter class.
 Week 17
Lesson 17
Preparing for a Horse Judging Contest
This class will prepare students for their horse judging contest in the following class and will discuss what to expect at a horse judging contest. Students will learn how to score placings that they give individual classes by examining cuts and understanding explanations given by carded judges. We will also elaborate on how scores are given when presenting a set of reasons.
 Week 18
Lesson 18
Horse Judging Contest
This class will be set up very similar to a horse judging competition. Students will be scored individually on the placing of each class, develop a set of reasons and overall understanding of judging horse events. This will be a fun, educational contest for all students to enjoy.
  • Students will improve on overall skills of horse identification, recognizing health issues, examining quality traits within a horse, writing, reading, basic math skills and developing a set of reasons to be delivered to the class. Students evaluation will be held during class and will consist of using skills learned by judging a class and giving a simple set of reasons.
As an educator, I have an extensive background in the equine industry. I received my Associate of Applied Science in Equine Training & Management and have pursued a career as a riding instructor, horse trainer, barn manager and horse judge. Throughout my college degree, I have taken many equine courses including health, nutrition, reproduction, business, anatomy, physiology, and horsemanship. Horses have been a large part of my life for over fifteen years in which I have competed in western performance and ranch horse versatility events. I am prepared to teach this course!
Students should be able to have basic reading and writing skills before enrolling in this class. 
Students should come to class with colored pencils or crayons, pencil and any hand-outs provided by the teacher. Throughout this course, I will provide quite a few hand-outs so, I do recommend having a folder to keep them organized and together. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
During class, we will use YouTube videos to help enhance student's learning as we look at different horse judging classes. These will be presented over screen sharing during class and no account will be needed for students to be apart of it. All links that will be used are found in the classroom section under each separate unit that we will be studying.
Throughout this course, I will provide hand-outs for parents to print out that students will use during class. There will be quite a few hand-outs provided so, I do recommend having a folder or binder to keep everything organized throughout the length of the course. 
Joined October, 2023
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- A.A.S in Equine Training & Management
- Professional Riding instructor for ages 6 to adult
- Professional Horse... 
Group Class


for 18 classes
1x per week, 18 weeks
45 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 6-10
2-6 learners per class

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