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Breed Spotlight

Here Comes the Big Guys
- Percherons On Parade

Prefeirt Hitch

Percherons are a draft breed of horse that comes from the La Perche district of Northern France. They are one of the most popular breed of draft horses today and are used for not only pulling wagons, farm work, and in war but also for riding. Historians believe there may have been some Arabian bloodlines introduced years ago for the modern Percheron has a slightly “dished” face or profile. Percherons have such a fine temperament that they are being crossed with other breeds to stock. They are a strong breed that can travel at a trot up to 35 miles in one day. For a heavy horse they have great freedom of movement and grace. Percherons typically are white or grey and stand between 15.2hh to 17hh. Can you image what a sight it would be to see coming down the road, an eight horse draft hitch of all black Percherons dressed in white tack pulling a sparkling white and gold wagon! The ground would shake with all those horses strutting their stuff!


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Spell Check

equestrian word game

How many words can you form out of the one word “Equestrian?”
Examples: Quest and train
How about “horsemanship”
Examples: soap and snore

» Answers

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Word Search


Look for these PARTS of TACK words…
Bit Bridle Martingale Noseband Pad Brow band
Cheek piece Crownpiece Halter Lead rope Reins Saddle
Stirrup Throatlatch Girth

word search

Thank you Barbara Klatt for the puzzle!


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Halloween Humor

Q. Why is there a fence around a cemetery?

Q. How do you keep a monster
from biting his nails?

Q. Why didn’t the skeleton want
to go to the costume party?

Q. Who won the skeleton beauty contest?

Q. How do you mend a broken pumpkin?

Q. What is a monsters favorite food?

» Answers


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Why do Horses get Spooked Easily?

spooky horse

Everything about a horse and the way they are put together says “Run Away” from danger. They have large ears on top of their skull that can gather sound waves, big noses to suck in alot of air, long legs to get the heck out of Dodge. The horse that runs away from the mountain lion gets to live another day.

With eyes located on the sides of their head they have really good long distance vision. However the flapping plastic grocery bag right next to them is very scary because it is too close to focus on without moving their head closer. Their instincts tell them not to get close to scary things.

Also horses are very social animals and in the wild the mustang stallion stands watch to protect everyone while the mare leads the herd. Horses know that when this “boss” takes off running they had better follow the crowd for protection. Horses can be taught to accept many scary things and do their jobs like Police work. Police horses have to get used to people throwing trash at them and loud noises. This takes many hours of training and even then some horses just can’t do the job.

Safety Point - Whenever approaching a horse in a barn, stall always talk to them so they know you are there. They might get startled since they have a blind spots right in front of their nose and directly behind them. When they are tied up or in a confined area they can’t run away when spooked so in a split second they will protect themselves the other ways by kicking or biting or pulling back against the rope to get away.

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Food For Thought

chuck wagon

Out in the wild open spaces Cowboys need to eat too. A Chuckwagon is the name for the rolling kitchen wagon that carries all the food and supplies for the working cowboys. The first one was invented in 1866 by Charles Goodnight. Typical foods served out on the range were beans, corn, and cabbage. Meats would include beef, bison, and maybe fish from a nearby creek. Bread was made and served at every meal so the cowboys could use it to sop up every last bit. Chuckwagons are still used today, sometimes in cooking competitions.

Here are some Chuckwagon Recipes you can try! Thanks to JMH Level 1 on pages 266, 267 for these treats.

Pizza Roll

Premade Pizza crust, pizza sauce, Cheese(s) and toppings
Aluminum foil

Lay crust on foil. Add sauce, cheese(s) and toppings.
Roll crust up like you would a burrito.
Cover with foil and cook over medium heat until hot.


Buttery Cinnamon Buttons

1 Can of butter milk biscuits
2 T. melted butter
Sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Form biscuits into small balls. Roll each ball in melted butter.
Sprinkle with sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
Place biscuits (touching) in pan, cast iron skillet of cookie sheet and
cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until fluffy and golden brown on top.
Biscuits may be also wrapped in foil for cooking.

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CHA publications

Equestrian - Answers:

Over 500 words can be spelled usnig the letters from "equestrian". To find out more words, use a smart phone app like, Descrambler, to uncover all the possible words.

Halloween Humor - Answers:

A. Because people are just dying to get in.

A. Give him screws.

A. Because people could see right through his disguise.

A. No Body.

A. With a pumpkin patch.

A. Ghoul Scout cookies.


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