Students Learn About The Horse Industry

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Updated: 4/23/2012 6:11 pm
A group of students with MLK Academy are learning some basic school subjects, like math and science, outside of the typical classroom setting.

"A lot of these students that come here from alternative school, they come here with something kind of wrong...i find that most of them are so great when they come here just being outside and not having to sit at a desk all day,"
said Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends Farm.
MLK Academy has teamed up with Old Friends Farm to allow the students to work with thoroughbreds and learn about the horsing industry.

"They've learned about what the ferrier does, got to see him create a horseshow from metal. They're also spent time with the vet and they got to listen to a heartbeat of a horse who had a different heartbeat," said Tansy Mullins, a special education teacher at MLK Academy.

After a few visits to the farm, the students picked a horse that they felt they bonded with well. During the visit, former jockey Susie Oldham spoke to the students about her experience in the industry. She also taught the students the proper way to ride a horse.


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