What we want to know

6 01 2011

Today, I was so honored to spend some time with three smart, beautiful young ladies at a local elementary school, talking about horses – specifically, wild horses – more specifically, the wild horses of Spring Creek Basin. They wowed me from the start, with the list of things they knew about horses and then a list they had compiled that they wanted to know.

A, M and M, thank you for sharing part of your day with me! I hope I contributed to your excitement about wild horses, and I can’t wait to see you next week!

With permission from K at the school, these are their questions:


1. Is there a first aid for horses?

2. Is there a cure for horses that break their leg?

3. Measuring horses by hands.

4. How fast does a wild horse run?

5. What are the symptoms of colic?

6. What is founder?  Do you wild horses get founder?

7. Since wild horses aren’t shoed, does that have an impact on them?

8. Why is it called “Disappointment Valley” where the wild horses live?

9. How do you find the wild horses?

10. How many wild horse herds are in Colorado?

11. What diseases do wild horses get?

12. Are the wild horses affected by car crashes?

13. How long is a horse pregnant?

14. How long before a colt stands?

15. How many breeds of horses are there?  What are they called?

16. How do you transport rescued horses?

17. How do you train a horse that’s been abused?

18. Can you feed a horse chocolate?

Can you believe those fabulous questions?! (I love the last one!) Also next week, the girls will meet a local couple that rescues abused and unwanted horses. They’re getting quite an education!

This is the list they had come up with of things they know:

1. Different horses have different tempers.

2. Horses have no nerves in their manes.

3. Some horses need you to click and say trot if you want them to trot.

4. In order to make a horse canter, you have to slap their rumps – hard.

5. You pull on the reins very softly to make horses slow down.

6. Horses have a muscle in their hooves called a frog that makes them able to trot and canter at amazing speeds.

7. If a horse has a broken leg, you have to kill it.

8. Horses like apples and carrots.

(Note that the second to last thing they “know” in this list becomes the second question they “want to know.”)

Check out how many of their questions have to do with the horses’ health and well-being. Are you as impressed as I am? A and M are in second grade; M is in fourth grade.

Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful.



3 responses

7 01 2011

Isn’t this fun? Children are curious, just like wild horses, and want to know everything. Little sponges of compassion…

7 01 2011
Linda Horn

Great questions and comments from young “inquiring minds”, although I don’t agree with “slapping rumps – hard”. From my experience, that can end up with the “slapper” on the ground and the “slapee” headed for the barn! I think some information on a horse’s “drive line” and proper equitation would be helpful.

7 01 2011

Children ARE curious – just like foals. We did talk about “things we know.” Hard to argue with grandpa in a short session. 🙂

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