Equine science class gets weanling foal to study
January 20, 2011
My name is Amanda Coates and I am a student at Douglas High School. I am 16 years old, and a junior studying equine science. This is a class that is only offered every other year and we’ve been trying to get a weanling, which is a foal of any sex that has been weaned from its mother in its first year of life. The weanling will be used to show the learning and behavior habits of a young horse and we intend on training her and later rehoming her.
My teacher, Allyson Lammiman has been trying to get a weanling for the equine science class since she has been teaching at Douglas High for approximately five years. The process of finding and approving a weanling has been very extensive and we have been informed and included in every step of the way.
One of the requirements was to fill out an application for adoption of wild horse or burro through the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
The adoption of the weanling also needed to be approved by the principal of Douglas High and the school’s attorney. Other requirements were that there needed to be an adequate shelter and living conditions and the weanling needed to be kept in a safe location so that she wouldn’t be harmed or in any danger.
It was an extensive process in learning what to look for and how to deal with such a young horse and also finding a suitable and healthy weanling. Looking online and getting the word out was a start but due to the rural area we didn’t have many choices and ended up looking at a nearby prison where we found our weanling filly. We spent a lot of time learning what good conformation is, which is how the horses body structure should be and also how to teach and train her.
Finally, after years of trying, our weanling filly is being delivered this month during our fourth-period equine science class. Once she gets settled in and used to her new home, we plan on training her and observing her learning and behavioral patterns so that we can later rehome her and learn more about horses hands on and how they think and work. This project will give many students the opportunity to gain knowledge of horses that live all around the Valley.
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Amanda Coates is a Douglas High School student.