I have three girls that just adore horses and love learning about them. My oldest daughter is fascinated with horses and loves to research them for school projects and learn about the different breeds and the history of horses. You can often find her with a horse book in hand, and a pencil in the other taking notes and drawing the different breeds.
I enjoy taking a unit study approach to many subjects in our homeschool especially with science. Unit studies work beautifully for a child that doesn’t like to do school or starts to get glossy eyed when you pull out a big, fat, science textbook. If you have an older student that does horse riding as a hobby, or is in a horse or pony 4H club, adding some equine science unit studies to their studies could create a nice, well rounded elective credit!
I have hunted for free printables, resources and websites that can help you create an equine science unit study for your homeschool.
FREE Horse Printables:
Horse Heist Printable Horse Identification Chart – Horsewyse Magazine – if you own a horse, this chart will help you to keep track of all the important information you have about your horse in the case of theft. This would also be fun to use as a creative project as well and have your child create their own horse and horse details.
This is a neat Horses Nature Study Activity from The Handbook of Nature Study that will have your students comparing the horse to different mammals and recording their findings in a journal. She has even included some free printables.
If you want to dig deeper into learning about the different horse breeds you will enjoy this FREE Breeds of Horses Guided Drawing Instant Download. Your student will learn about ten different breeds of horses, while learning how to draw them in their own notebook.
If you have younger children that are also interested in horses they will love our FREE Horse Themed Writing Prompts. We have two different packs for early learning and elementary ages. They will work on their handwriting skills, creative writing and illustration skills in these packs. These would be great for them to work on when an older sibling is studying equine science. These are also available as an instant download!
Online Resources and Articles:
The Horse Magazine Website is full of free articles, how-tos, and tons of information to further your horse research.
Horse Science News has information on horse behavior, horse care, racing, riding, training and more.
These are the books that my middle school daughter has really enjoyed using while learning about horses:
Handbooks: Horses: The Clearest Recognition Guide Available (DK Smithsonian Handbook)The Complete Book of Horses: Breeds, Care, Riding, Saddlery: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia Of Horse Breeds Equine Science: Basic Knowledge for Horse People of All AgesThe Horse Anatomy Workbook: A Learning Aid for Students Based on Peter Goody’s Classic Work, Horse Anatomy DK Eyewitness Books: Horse: Discover the World of Horses and Ponies