Draft Horses                                                         December 2015   

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Debbi Cox

State Coordinator


(603) 224-1934

295 Sheep Davis Road

Concord, NH  03301


Deb Robie, 

Grafton County Coordinator

Draft Horses

The holiday season brings to mind images of festive sleighs being pulled by powerful draft horses.

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"Draft Horses are the largest of the horse breeds. They were bred for hard, heavy tasks like pulling heavy loads, plowing fields, and other tasks requiring a stout workhorse. They are also referred to as a draught horse or a heavy horse, and are often named for the country where they originated." (1)

"The Industrial Revolution proved to be responsible for both the rise and collapse of the heavy horse in America. Demand for draft animals was spurred on by the growing transportation, construction and agricultural needs of the nation. The last half of the 19th century made draft horse breeding both essential and profitable. Massive importations from Europe took place. The period also ushered in the development of the present day breeds of heavy horses. The number of horses and mules in The United States peaked in 1920, at about 26 million. The groundwork for today's agriculture had been laid."(2)

(1) Animal-World                         (2) The Draft Horse Journal  
Classroom Connection

Horses in History                                 grades 3-5
Students will discover important roles which horses played in history and literature.  They will research one of these roles (stage coach, covered wagons, carriages, canal boats, Pony Express).

Animal Life Cycles                                grades K-2
This lesson introduces students to six major livestock species. Students will learn terms for mothers, fathers, and their offspring and explore the life cycle of a typical farm animal.

Horse Lesson Booklet                            grades 4-6
Horses have been useful animals for thousands of years. The horse has served human beings as a very important tool in progressing with the times. It was once stated, "history was written on the back of a horse." Horses were a fixture of many ancient civilizations. Horses enabled faster communication, travel, proved excellent allies in war and helped to transform agriculture. In this booklet, the horse will again serve us by allowing an interesting avenue for students to practice areas of science, social studies, and math.

Hands, Horses and High Tech Machines             PreK-3rd grade students will describe the importance of machinery and equipment in helping farmers to increase their productivity of food & fiber.

Horse Ag Mag  
The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Ag Mags are 4-page, colorful agricultural magazines for kids. They contain information about agriculture, bright pictures, classroom activities and agricultural careers.
FFA Students Donate Centerpieces 
Thanks to the Lakes Region FFA Chapter and the Pembroke FFA Chapter for creating and donating
Lakes Region FFA
Chapter President
Gabby Clavette

Pembroke Academy FFA members Allison Lessard, Lauren Gingras, Marisa Drinkmann and Jamie Haynes
the Farm Bureau Annual 
Meeting banquet centerpieces. They were raffled off in support of NH Agriculture in the Classroom.
"Let It Grow" Contest

Open to educators and community adults nationwide, the Let It Grow Contest encourages entrants to vote DAILY for a middle school of
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their choice for a chance to win an agricultural grant, which could be used towards  a school garden or gardening supplies, professional development, and more!  Sponsored by Nutrients for Life.
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