School Horse Curriculum: Horses for Courses!

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​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. Special thanks go to the great team of curriculum writers who worked to bring this curriculum together! Writing staff include equestrians Jennifer Purcell, Ahesahmahk Dahn, Nicky Wetzelberger, Ann Petrasek, Gayle Mahaney, Tracy McKenna, Renee Dixon, Maryanna Skowronski, Barbara Sollner-Webb, Cathy Schmidt, Carlene Eaton, and project editor Dana Knighten brought together their knowledge of Maryland horse history, equine standards of care, and industry expertise to create a four-unit, 20 lesson collection that covers horse health and care, history, equine landscapes, and equine careers. Peggy Eppig, MAEF, coordinated the project and produced the curriculum book. We offer occasional professional development for Horse Discovery Center staff and others to train educators on how to use the curriculum and how to provide meaningful field trip opportunities for teachers and students.
 
If interested in a training session please contact the Maryland Horse Industry Board: 
Maryland Horse Industry Board 
Maryland Department of Agriculture 
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway 
Annapolis, MD 21401 
Phone: 410-841-5798 
Email: ross.peddicord@maryland.gov