What Happens in The Class Room?

THE WELL-ROUNDED YOUTH Program: 

Taught each year from September - May with each class-day divided up into physical interaction with horses (feeding, grooming, groundwork, and riding practice) and units of interdisciplinary study in the climate controlled tack room/classroom for instruction, discussion, films, and projects.

Science  

- Riding Science: Riding horses a healthy way

- Biology of Horses:  From the Inside out (anatomy & Physiology 

- Environmental Science: Horses and Ecosystems

- Genetics: Horse Breeding 

- Horticulture: Gardening and Pasture Management 


History 

- Famous Horses in History 

- How Horses helped make History

- Art History and Image of the Horse  

 


Literature/Writing  

- Horses in Literature, Myth, and Folktale 

- Horses in Film 

- My Horse Tale: Personal Creative writing

 


Physical Education   

- Horseback Riding 

- Physical Conditioning for better Riding 

- Groundwork  

 

 

 


Social Studies   

- Psychology/Sociology: Herd Dynamics 

- Geography: Horses around the World (types and confirmation) 

- Human Geography: Cultures and Traditions of the Horse 

- Anthropology: Horse, Humans, and Domestication 

 


Life-Work-Skills   

- Career Alignment and Exploration

- Portfolio Process (with an Exploration of Equine Careers) 

 - Development of a Personal Presentation Portfolio  & Skills 

- Interviewing and Public speaking Practice

                                                                                - First Aid and Safety


While the curriculum modules above are important, perhaps the most important aspect of the Pony Gang Equestrian Services Equine-Based Home School Program is the way it nurtures strong resilient young people. Training and relating to horses on a regular basis develops compassion, problem-solving, and communication skills, while building leadership skills and self-confidence.