The Kid’s Korner!

Today we’re introducing a brand new page just for kids! We’ll have fun info on horses, riding, etc. We’ll have quizzes and you’ll be able to win free Kindle editions of my books if you know the answers so let’s get started. Today we’ll talk about Clydesdales. Do you know what they look like? They’re really tall and hefty fellows (and girls). They’re the horses you see pulling wagons in Budweiser beer commercials. Do you know how horses are measured? They’re height is determined by how many “hands” high they are. Each hand is four inches. If you have a Clydesdale horse who measures 18.2 hands that would be 74 inches.     Clydesdales are sometimes called “Draft Horses” because they’re very good at pulling heavy loads. They can haul things or pull wagons and it’s no trouble at all for them. What colors are they? Clyesdales are usually brown, or a reddish color, called chestnut. But some of them want to be different. They have Sabino, or spotted patterns on their tummies. They’re called “Strawberry Roans” if they are chestnut or bay (brown) colored. What are they called if they’re black with the spotted tummies? Did you guess Blue Roans? That would be correct if you did. When you were a baby, your mom was thrilled if you drank a few ounces of milk at a time. What about Mama Clyesdale? Her little bundle of joy weighs a whopping eighty pounds when he’s born. He needs about seven gallons of milk a day to keep him growing! One more fun thing about Clydesdales. Did you know they have feathers? Not all over their bodies like birds, but around their hooves (feet) they have long hair. It makes them look like their dressed in flared pants. Here’s a picture of one. Handsome, isn’t he?Clydesdale horseHattie in jpegCharlene from Barnes & NobleTails New Cover SmallCharlie's cover from AmazonI hope you had fun learning about the Clydesdale Horses today! Please come back soon and learn more interesting things about horses. Thanks for stopping by! I know this is not a horse-related thing, but I thought you’d like to meet Louey the Lazy Elephant. He’s a brand new story written  by my friend, Janice Spina. Here’s his cover picture. Louey the Lazy Elephant If you want to take Louey home and read about him, here’s where you can find him: Louey is also on Kindle:

 Purchase Louey, the Lazy Elephant at Amazon and CreateSpace.

Lets Talk about the Welsh Pony

 Imagine that you have been riding for a couple of years. You are getting to be quite a good rider, but riding is something you love more than any other sport. You have finally convinced your parents to buy you a pony.

Good job! Now, you want a pony with a friendly temperament and one that is easy to manage.  Maybe you can suggest the Welsh pony to your parents.You can impress your parents by telling them that the first Welsh ponies were found in Wales around the time of the Roman Empire. They learned to cope with cold weather conditions there. They have sturdy bones and strong hooves (their feet). They developed those strong feet and bones because they spent many years running through rough hills and mountains in Wales. You can even tell your parents that Welsh ponies are not picky eaters. They used to live on little bushes and grass when they lived in Wales.

Welsh ponies are not fickle and extra sensitive like Thoroughbreds so you know that your pony will be a special friend for you. He will also do well in horse shows because you know he will have a pleasant temperament and he will always try his best to please you. Even though your Welsh pony has a friendly disposition, you will need to have taken lessons for some

Here's the Welsh Pony!  Isn't he adorable?

Here’s the Welsh Pony! Isn’t he adorable?

Chincoteague Pony

You might have heard about the Chincoteague ponies because Marguerite Henry wrote a famous book called “Misty of Chincoteague”.   Chincoteagues are wild ponies living on the coast of Maryland and Virginia. There are two pony herds that live on a small island called Assateague Island. There is a fence along the border of Maryland and Virginia.  The ponies are healthy, strong. The Chincoteague Valley Fire Department makes sure that the ponies are well fed and cared for.  Only one hundred fifty ponies are allowed on Assateague Island so an auction is held every year in July to sell some of the ponies.  The pony auctions began in 1925 to help raise funds for the fire department that cares for the ponies. How do people get the ponies to auction? They round them up and the ponies swim across the channel from Assateague Island to ChincoteagueIsland. Thousands of people come to meet the ponies and try to buy one. What would you do if your parents bought one for you? You would need to have him professionally trained. Remember he’s a wild pony, even though he looks cute and sweet. He needs to learn manners, just like you did when you were younger.

Even if you can’t come to the Chincoteague pony auction, you might be able to visit Virginia between May and October. That’s the time of year that you can take tours of the Islands and watch the ponies roaming around. You can admire them and see the little baby ponies (called foals) exploring their world

(picture from the internet)
(c) Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2013

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