The Horse Tales Literacy Program is a nationally acclaimed literacy program that uses the excitement of horses to ignite a lifelong love of reading. First graders are introduced to "Little Black" in their own schoolyard and each are given their very own copy of Walter Farley’s classic tale, "Little Black, A Pony." Children are encouraged to study and read the tale because in 4 - 6 weeks they will be coming out to Valley water Mill Park Equestrian Center to see "Little Black" and meet "Big Red." Children will then read their favorite part of the story to the horses at the Equestrian Center and participate in a rotational activity program to learn about nutrition, healthcare, grooming, hoof care and horse equipment. After the presentations, children go back to school with their second forever book, "Little Black goes to the Circus." Cost is $10 per child to cover the expense of the books. Teachers may contact Lynn VandenBerg for more information.
Educators are invited to bring their classes out to learn more about what goes on at a horse barn. Lesson plans and activities can be provided for 1st through 5th grades. Tours consist of one hour of instruction and 30 minutes of tour and getting to pet the horses. We also welcome groups that serve senior citizens or those with special needs for some fun activities for horse lovers. Reservations for groups must be made in advance. Teachers may contact Lynn VandenBerg for more information.