The Topic:
Horses

If you are looking for information about a specific horse, be sure to go to our companion webpage: Types and Breeds of Horses. There you will find an indexed list of links to online resources for exploring the characteristics and history of individual horse breeds.
 
Easier - Horses are large, strong animals with hoofs and a long mane and tail. People use horses for riding. Horses are also used to carry heavy loads or pull wagons, carriages, plows, or other implements.
 
Harder - For thousands of years, the horse has been one of the most useful animals. They once provided the fastest and surest way for land travel. Hunters mounted on horseback chased and killed animals. Fighters and soldiers fought battles on their sturdy war horses. Pioneers used horses to settle the American West in the days of stagecoaches, covered wagons, and the pony express.
 
Today horses are not the mainstay of work and transportation as they once were. In most countries, they have been replaced by the 'iron horse' and the 'horseless carriage.' But people still use horses. A few employ horses for work, while many others keep horses for sport and recreation.
 
Communication With Horses by K. Schuler
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/kschuler/Communication%20with%20Horses.htm
Communication is essential within any species.This unique website helps to understand how to communicate with horses by first understanding their mentality and personality.
 
HorseWeb
http://www.horseweb.com/
This comprehensive site contains information about all things horse.
Other Comprehensive Sites on Horses:
2) All Horse Info http://www.allhorseinfo.com/
3) Equiworld http://www.equiworld.net/
4) Equusite: The Ultimate Horse Resource http://www.equusite.com/
5) Horse Forum http://horseforum.com/
6) Horse Matters http://www.horsematters.net/
7) Horse World http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/2625/horseworld.html
8) Kickin' Back Ranch Horse Net http://www.kbrhorse.net/index.html
 
Przewalski Horse at the International Museum of the Horse
http://www.imh.org/imh/bw/prz.html
Learn about the 'true' wild horse also known as the Asiatic wild horse, Mongolian wild horse, and Taki.
Related Websites:
2) Equus Caballus Przewalskii animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/equus/e._caballus_przewalskii$narrative.html
3) Prezwalski Horse from Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Prezwalski
Horse http://www.treemail.nl/takh/
4) Prezwalskis Horse at Equiworld
http://www.equiworld.net/uk/horsecare/Breeds/prezwalski/index.htm
5) Przewalski's Wild Horse, Takhi http://www.ultimateungulate.com/przehorse.html
6) Tahki: The Last Wild Horse by R. Meadows at ZooGoer http://fonz.org/zoogoer/zg1997/takhi.htm
7) Wild Horses of Mongolia at PBS http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/mongolia/
 
Wild Horses in Montana & the Dakotas
http://www.kbrhorse.net/whb/blmdak.html
Learn about the Pryor horses, a wild mustang primarily derived from horses with Spanish ancestry, and the lesser known Nokota Wild Horses.
Related Websites on Wild Horses:
2) Australian Brumby http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/BRUMBIES/
3) Born Survivors on the Eve of Extinction http://www.premierpub.com/books/inprint/born_survivors.htm
4) Mustang (Equus Caballus) at NatureScapes http://www.eduscapes.com/nature/mustang/
5) Sulphur Horse Registry http://www.sulphurs.com/registry.htm
6) Tibetan Discovery is 'Horse of a Different Color' at CNN
http://www-cgi.cnn.com/WORLD/9511/tibet_pony/index.html
7) U.S. Wild Horses: Too Many Survivors on Too Little Land? by J. Ginsburg for
National Geographic Today
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/10/1024_TVmustangs.html
8) Wild Horses http://www.law.utexas.edu/dawson/theme/wild_97.htm
9) Wild Horses: Do They Belong in the West? by L. Bama at High Country News http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.URLRemapper/1998/mar02/dir/Feature_Wild_horse.html
10) Wild Horse & Burro Freedom Alliance http://www.savewildhorses.org/index.shtml
11) Wild Horses: An American Romance at PBS http://www.pbs.org/wildhorses/
 
First visit several of the websites for Horses, then complete one or more of the following activities:
 
Draw A Picture of A Horse. If you do not have a real horse and need to look at some horse photographs, visit one of the websites like Horse Picture of the Day from Equusite. You can find an archive of previous horse photos there.
 
Learn the Parts of a Horse. Go to Mr. Horse - Interactive and identify the parts of a horse by clicking on the picture.
 
Read A Horse Book. If you like horses, you should read the Newbery Award Winning Misty of Chincoteague (Grades 4-6) by Marguerite Henry and learn about the ponies that swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Also try Wild Horse Summer or Wild Horses I Have Known (Grades 5-8), both written by Hope Ryden. Younger readers might like Wild Horse Winter by Tetsuya Honda (Pre-K to Grade 2). Other horse books are on the Horse Stories bibliography list from the Logan Library. See which ones are available in your library
 
Eat A Horse? In some European and Asian countries, horse meat is an accepted food for people. Visit sites like End Horse Slaughter Canada and examine one side of the current debate in Canada. A few years back, voters in California voted to halt the sale of horses for slaughter and export. Research the issues surrounding the use of horse meat as human food at these websites:
Compare your views of horse meat to other meat food sources. Debate the sale and slaughter of horses in the U.S. for export to other countries.
 
Create A Horse Timeline. Use the information found at the websites like Horse in Human History, Horse Evolution, and Legacy of the Horse to help you develop a timeline that shows the history of horses.
 
Websites By Kids For Kids
Alcott Horse Home Page (1998 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3910/
Here you find information on five different types of horses: Tennessee Walker, Lippiziner, Palomino, Thoroughbred, and Clydesdale.
 
Hold Your Horses (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002292F/
Learn about Arabian horses: their history, uses, breeds, and physical characteristics.
 
Hoofbeat (1998 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3887/
This site has information about horses and how to care for them.
 
Horse (2001 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://library.thinkquest.org/J0113007/
Here you can learn about the behavior,evolution, and much more of horses.
 
Horse & Rider (2001 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112631/
This website details all areas of the sport and leisure sides of Horseback riding, including its history, the necessary equipment, and the different styles of riding.
 
Horse Mania (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://www.henry.k12.ga.us/pges/kid-pages/horse-mania/index.htm
This site teaches you how to take care of your horse and about a few different breeds.
 
Horse N' About
http://www.spinaweb.ie/showcase/1113/intro.htm
Check out the 'Meet the Vet' section for facts about horse anatomy, first aid, and health care.
 
Horses (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5700/
This website informs about three types of horses: Arabian, Saddlebred, and Thoroughbred.
 
Horses (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5823/
This site tells you how to care for a horse, groom one, feed a horse, tack one up, and how to ride a horse.
Similar ThinkQuest Projects:
2) Horse Facts (2001 ThinkQuest Junior Project) http://library.thinkquest.org/J0110848/
3) Horse World (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project) http://library.thinkquest.org/J002693/
4) Horses All Around (2001 ThinkQuest Junior Project) http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112556/
 
Horses - What a Wonderful Life (1998 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/4208/
This site is designed to help you learn about horses, riding horses, and care of them.
 
Kiger Mustangs by Bailey
http://www.chenowith.k12.or.us/ces/students/98-99/animals/mustangsb.html
This is a brief student report on one of the few remaining wild mustang breeds.
Related Student Report:
2) Mustangs by Laura
http://www.chenowith.k12.or.us/ces/students/98-99/animals/mustang/Laura.html
 
Study of Mongolian Race Horses by the Physical Law (2000 ThinkQuest Challenge)
http://library.thinkquest.org/C004993F/
This site investigates nature's fast-track qualities of Mongolian horses and assesses their performance through some laws of physics.
 
More Websites
All About Horses from Wild Heart Ranch
http://www.wildheartranch.com/horses/horse_home.asp
Here you can learn about horse facts, horse care, riding, wild horses, and more.
 
American Quarter Horse Association
http://www.aqha.com/
If you have ever seen a horse in one of rodeo's timed events, been along for work on a ranch or watched a Western on the big or small screen, 9 times out of 10 you have witnessed an American Quarter Horse.
Other Horse Associations:
2) American Saddlebred Online http://www.saddlebred.com/
3) National Barrel Horse Association http://www.nbha.com/
4) National Reined Cow Horse Association http://www.nrcha.com/2001/default.cfm
 
Equine Heroes
http://www.equinenet.org/heroes/
Here is a collection of equine tales and yarns covers mythological horses to Hollywood steeds. Read stories about famous horses through the ages like Bucephalus, the Lipizzans and the inimitable Trigger.
 
Fossil Horse Cybermuseum at the Florida Museum of Natural History
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/vertpaleo/fhc/firstCM.htm
Learn about paleontology and evolution by exploring the rich fossil record of horses.
Related Website:
2) Horse Evolution http://members.tripod.com/cavanaughc/id94.htm
3) Horse Evolution by K. Hunt http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/horses/horse_evol.html
4) Tibetan Discovery is 'Horse of a Different Color' at CNN
http://www-cgi.cnn.com/WORLD/9511/tibet_pony/index.html
 
Grooming A Horse
http://www.grooming-a-horse.com/
This site has advice and tips for the best ways to bathe and groom a horse.
 
Guide Horse Foundation
http://www.guidehorse.org/
The mission of this organization is to provide a safe, cost-effective and reliable mobility alternative for visually impaired people and to deliver trained Guide Horses at no cost to the recipient.
 
Horse Country
http://www.horse-country.com/
This site is the oldest equestrian site online and the first Web destination targeting girls.
 
Horse Industry Alliance
http://www.horseindustryalliance.com/
Learn about horses, link to industry sites or join in conversation with other animal aficionados who share your interest in our four legged friends.
 
Horse Interactive
http://www.thehorse.com/
This is an online guide to equine health care.
Related Website:
How Do They Operate On A Horse? http://www.uga.edu/~lam/kids/horse/default.html
 
Horse in Human History by M. Maidens
http://users.erols.com/mmaidens/
Learn how horses have been involved in history from the middle ages to modern times.
Other Sites for Horse History:
2) Legacy of the Horse at the International Museum of the Horse http://www.imh.org/imh/kyhpl2b.html#top
3) Nature: Horses at PBS http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/horses/
 
International Museum of the Horse
http://www.imh.org/imh/imhmain.html
This is the website of the largest and most extensive horse museum in the world.
 
Military Horse
http://www.militaryhorse.org/
This site has information about the use of horses in the military cavalry.
Other Military Horse Sites:
2) WWI Horse http://www.geocities.com/wwihorse/
Other Horse History Sites:
3) Did the Native Americans Really Have the Horse Before Columbus? by Y. Kuchinsky
http://www.trends.net/~yuku/tran/thor.htm
4) Horse of Legend-Steel Dust at Texas Armadillo Site http://www.rice.edu/armadillo/Texas/steeldust.html
 
National Wild Horse and Burro Program at the Bureau of Land Management
http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/
With the passage of the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971, the primary responsibilities of the BLM are to preserve and protect wild horses and burros and to manage for healthy rangelands. When an overpopulation of wild horses and burros exists on the range, the excess animals are removed and offered to the general public for adoption.
Related Websites:
2) Wild Horse and Burro Internet Adoption http://www.adoptahorse.blm.gov/
3) Wild Horse and Burro Freedom Alliance http://www.savewildhorses.org/
4) Wild Horse Mentors: Least Resistance Training Concepts http://www.whmentors.org/
  
Performance Horse Magazine
http://www.performancehorse.com/
This is the website of a publication devoted solely to the dynamic world of reining, cutting and working cow horses.
Other Online Horse Magazines:
2) Gaited Horse http://www.thegaitedhorse.com/index.htm
3) Horse Illustrated http://www.animalnetwork.com/horses/default.asp
 
Rural Heritage
http://www.ruralheritage.com/
This is the site of a bimonthly magazine in support of farming and logging with horses, mules, and oxen.
Related Website:
2) Draft Horse In America: Power for an Emerging Nation at the International Museum
of the Horse http://www.imh.org/imh/draft/drtoc.html
  
Websites For Teachers
Sixteen Horses / Vaqueros (Grades 10-12)
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=437
This one-week unit plan is part of a lengthy study of the equine/bovine impact upon the land and people of the Americas as it spread from Hispaniola to Mexico.
 
Wild Wild Horses from New York Times
http://nytimes.com/learning/teachers/snapshot/20020226.html
Here you find a complete plan and resources for a lesson on wild horses.
 
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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 8/01, Updated 2/02.