Horses for Courses

The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) program is happy to share this curriculum guide with farm-based educators and non-formal teachers who work with Horse Discovery Center stables and equine centers open to school group visits. Horses for Courses raises the level of public awareness of Maryland’s equestrian/equine traditions and the positive impact of horses on the quality of life in Maryland by blending history and science education with dynamic, fun, hands-on lessons for grades 4 through 8. Lessons have been aligned with MSDE Voluntary Social Studies Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Maryland Environmental Literacy Guidelines.

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  • Introduction +

    Learn about the program and the structure of the curriculum. Read More
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  • Unit I - The Equine Landscape: Keeping Horses on the Land +

    Students will experience the equine landscape from the perspective of human and natural history. Read More
  • Unit I - The Equine Landscape: Trail Care Day +

    Students will participate in a trail maintenance activity and demonstrate an understanding of stewardship and multi-use trail responsibility and protection. Read More
  • Unit I - The Equine Landscape: Livestock, Athlete, or Recreation? +

    Students will explore the history of horses in Maryland to understand how humans have utilized these animals in different ways. Read More
  • Unit I - The Equine Landscape: A Need for Breeds +

    Students will explore breeds to understand that throughout history, people have selectively bred horses to serve certain purposes and needs Read More
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  • Unit II - The Healthy Horse: The Form of the Horse +

    Students will learn the importance of good conformation and how horse anatomy contributes to its physical ability. Read More
  • Unit II - The Healthy Horse: The Equine Veterinarian +

    Students will explore the work of equine veterinarians. Read More
  • Unit II - The Healthy Horse: Reading the Horse +

    Students will explore the ways horses communicate through body language. Read More
  • Unit II - The Healthy Horse: My Healthy Horse +

    Students will be able to compare and contrast the requirements for good human health and the responsibilities of horse owners Read More
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  • Unit III - Sporting Horses: How Many Hands? +

    Students will be able to measure a horse in hands and determine what tasks certain breeds may be best suited for. Read More
  • Unit III - Sporting Horses: Necessity to Sport +

    Students will be able to describe at least three popular competitive equestrian activities that are based on the historic uses Read More
  • Unit III - Sporting Horses: Run and Jump! +

    Students will use math and design skills to create across-country course that honors Maryland traditions in hunting and a mounted military. Read More
  • Unit III - Sporting Horses: Spark and Queen Mab +

    Students will understand the role that fast horse breeds have played in Maryland equine history for recreation, sport, and service. Read More
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  • Unit IV - The Art of the Horse: Shades, Stars and Stripes +

    Students will be able to recognize and identify the variety and beauty of markings and colors of horses in life Read More
  • Unit IV - The Art of the Horse: Equine Unveiled +

    Students will explore how the horse has elevated the historical esteem society and cultures hold for important figures in national Read More
  • Unit IV - The Art of the Horse: Mainly Manes +

    Students will be able to braid and weave a horse’s mane using basic fiber arts techniques. Read More
  • Unit IV - The Art of the Horse: The Equine Artist +

    Students will demonstrate the foundations of equine illustration using direct observation. Read More
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