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National Day of the Horse is always the second Saturday of December. This day was created to bring awareness of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States.

For the study of horses, I highly recommend the HISTORY OF THE HORSE STUDY GUIDE by Hilary Severson, offered by Beautiful Feet Books.  My 12-year-old daughter is a HUGE horse fan, always has been.  She did this study 2 years ago.  She enjoyed it so much that she did it in her free time!

My daughter’s Merlin


HISTORY OF THE HORSE STUDY GUIDE covers equine history using the texts “The Handbook of Horses” and “Album of Horses”.  Living books such as “Black Beauty, King of the Wind, Misty of Chincoteague and Black Stallion” are the backbone of the curriculum. Notebooking is incorporated into each lesson so at the end of the year your student will have a beautiful handmade book of what they have studied.

Additional Resources

Unit Studies and Lapbooks

Free Resources

Living Books

  • The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World’s Greatest Racehorse by Lawrence Scanlan
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  • Stormy, Misty’s Foal by Marguerite Henry
  • War Horse by  Michael Morpurgo
  • Black Beauty by Ruth Brown and Anna Sewell
  • King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
  • My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
  • National Velvet by Enid Bagnold


  • National Velvet
  • Secretariat
  • Spirit
  • War Horse
  • The Black Stallion

Many Blessings and Happy Horsing Around!!

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