Webberville, MI – Northfork Farms & Outback
Northfork’s Horse Club, NYHA spent their last general meeting discussing “Equine Eats”and getting kids excited about horse nutrition. A sometimes dull topic was brought to life through interactive games and a feed mixing contest!
“I knew we were successful when all of the girls kept leaning in to listen and shooting their hands into the air to answer questions,” says NYHA leader, Kara Grupe. “My goal was for the girls to leave the meeting with enough knowledge to know the basics of what a horse needs to eat to be healthy.”
Rather than lecture about the scientific details of feeding horses, Kara used hands-on games that required the kids to memorize, think critically, and work with a partner.
Next the girls learned about the different ways horses get the nutritional fuel they need. They began by learning the differences in types of hay.
Next came the crowd favorite of the evening, the Grain Mixing Contest! The girls were given common ingredients of horse feed, oats and corn, and small portions of treat foods, (apples, carrots, molasses, etc.).
Our “judge” was Northfork’s horse, ‘I Know I’m Invited’ aka Boo. Boo was given free choice to pick his favorite mixture. The girls were given three rounds to try to become Boo’s favorite grain chef.
To put their skills into practice, NYHA members will attend the Michigan Horse Expo as a club this Saturday, March 12th. They will go on a scavenger hunt throughout the maize of vendors to identify different types of feed and learn more about what products people are using to feed their horses.
“Most of our members do not own horses,”says Kara. “Yet I designed this month’s curriculum around the girls’ desire to become future horse owners. My goal was to give them enough information to be knowledgeable, and to teach the subject well enough that they could remember it years from now when they make decisions about feeding their horses.”
Next month’s meeting will take place on Friday, April 1st from 6-7:30pm at Northfork Farms. Interested members should contact NYHA Leader, Kara Grupe at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the NYHA website.