Submitted by Alice Hughes
Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered once again with the Colorado Classic Horse Show to offer the 6th annual Barn Girlz Rock event on April 14, 2012. Nearly 80 Girl Scouts, ages 10-12, attended the 36th annual Colorado Classic Horse Show to learn about horse health, horse care and the horse show industry.
The Girl Scouts watched the horse show to learn about the Saddlebred, Morgan and Arabian breeds. After the show, the girls rotated through 10 educational stations with topics such as: horse behavior, horse health, safety around horses, riding equipment and clothing, grooming, horse shoeing, adopting wild mustangs, barn tours and a horse trivia game.
“This event is fun,” said Shea, 9, Lakewood, from Troop 3895. “Getting to pet and feed the horses is the best part.”
The patient purebred Arabian horse “Just Smokin’” demonstrated equipment while presenter McKenna Caspers delved into the three styles of riding represented at the horse show and the beautiful equipment specific to each style.
“I have to admit that I’m scared of horses, but I love them so much,” said Annabelle, 10, Denver, from Troop 3895. “Horses are so beautiful and they can talk to you with their ears, eyes, body and feet.”
Girl Scouts learned how messy it is to brush a furry pony at the grooming station. Godzilla, a mini-Shetland pony left an explosion of creamy white fur on the ground much to the Girl Scouts’ delight.
“This is so fun to brush a pony,” said Sarah, 10, Lakewood, from Troop 2801. “I’ve never done this before. I’ve never been this close to a horse before.” Sarah’s sister Willa, 11, chimed in “I like making patterns in her fur.”
Troop 2510 from Wheatridge learned the complicated process of making a horse shoe from farrier Del Slaugh. He demonstrated how he makes a horse shoe from a piece of steel, heating it until it is bright yellow at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and then shaping it with his hammer. Each group of Girl Scouts got to take a completed, but still warm horse shoe home with them.
“It looks like hard work to be a farrier,” said Miranda,10, Wheat Ridge, from Troop 2520. “My favorite things about horses are that they are beautiful and graceful. Horses just click with me!”
At the veterinary station, Dr. Lauren Fischer described a horse’s skeletal structure and drew bones on a Shetland pony named Chili. Girl Scouts also listened to Chili’s heart beat and lungs breathing.
“That was cool listening to a horse’s heart beat,” said Jacqueline, 9, Aurora, from Troop 2105. “I love horses. They are calm and lovely. I like riding them too at Girl Scout camp.”
After the event, girls could continue their education with a special take-home notebook filled with horse facts, fun activities and equine industry contact information. Girls could also win free riding lessons donated by professional horse trainers.
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