Watch: Jack - episode 3: Time to Focus
In this episode, Jack is involved with feeding and giving water to horses. Those are very important parts of caring for a horse. Notice how Jack does these jobs and the other ways he takes care of horses, too.
Animals in the wild take care of themselves. What responsibilities do human have when we bring animals into our world? Do you have any animals that you care for? What do you do for them?
Take a ride
An average horse can weight about 1,000 pounds. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of food and water every day to keep a horse happy and healthy! How much? We’re about to find out.
- Four large garbage barrels.
- Ten gallon jugs of water.
- Fourteen 5-pound weights (or substitute other kinds of weights – store-bought cans of food that you might have on-hand also work just fine).
- Break the children into four groups. Give each group one of the garbage barrels.
- Explain that horses eat and drink way more than humans do. And because of that they also pee and poop way more than humans do!
- Assign the four teams to food, water, pee and poop. Explain that in one day, an average horse:
- Eats 20 lbs of hay and grain
- Drinks 10 gallons of water
- Pees 10 lbs of urine
- Poops 40 lbs of manure
- Have each team fill its garbage barrel with the weights or water jugs that correspond with their category. Have the children lift their garbage barrels and marvel!
- As a follow-up, you can have the children keep a log of what they eat and drink in a day (it’s ok to leave out the pee and poop here!). Then come together and compare that with what a horse eats and drinks daily.
Ride some more
Encourage students to play Scoop the Poop, a fun game that helps kids learn how to keep a horse’s home clean. And the title alone is sure to captivate them!
Horses and standards
Next Generation Science Standards – From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes. K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
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