October 2013 Issue - page 9

PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
October 2013
Page 9
Your daughter or son comes
back from summer camp where
he or she has found a new
love–horses…or perhaps the
child has been horse crazy all
along...or maybe your inner-child
has always thought it would be
fun to own a horse. Now, you are
considering taking the plunge to
purchase a horse. Do you know
what you are signing up for?
Horse ownership can be a
very rewarding experience, and
the satisfaction level increases
exponentially with the right
preparation. In order to give
new horse owners a sense of the
commitment involved in horse
ownership, the Animal Welfare
Council developed
Lessons about
the Unwanted Horse
, a six lesson
program designed to develop
realistic expectations for the
responsibilities and expenses in-
volved in owning horses respon-
sibly. Lesson Six is entitled:
To
Be or Not to Be A Horse Owner
and explores horse housing to
healthcare, exercises to estimate
expenses in year one and two of
ownership, clues to finding the
right match between horse and
owner, and alternatives to horse
ownership. The lesson even as-
sists potential owners with iden-
tifying an exit strategy should
the new horse ultimately not fit
the owner’s needs, or otherwise
become “unwanted”. The activi-
ties in the lesson help the learner
research the costs and identify the
local resources that will be a key
to successful equine ownership in
his or her community.
The six lesson series is avail-
able free on the Animal Welfare
Council’s website,
welfarecouncil.org. Each lesson
includes goals, background
information, a teaching outline,
and resources for further study,
plus student activities meant to
underscore the lesson in various
entertaining, lively ways. The
underlying message reinforced in
all six lessons is the vital impor-
tance of conscious, responsible
horse ownership. Lessons are
designed for the 10-12 age group,
but may be easily modified for
older students, parents or other
interested adults. Each lesson
is aligned with stated Common
Core State Standards and may
be used to teach such skills as
mathematics, writing, vocabulary
building, reading comprehension,
civics, understanding statistics,
and more.
Do You Have What
It Takes To Be A
Horse Owner?
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