WWU Western Club members teach students about horses

Members of William
Woods University’s Western Club recently visited South Callaway Elementary
School to educate students about horses.

Western Club members
participating were Erin Springer of Siloam Springs, Ark.; Katie Bigge of Lake
Panasoffkee, Fla.; Shannon Yeaton of Epsom, N.H.; and Danielle Heerdt of Villa
Park, Ill., along with Jennie Petterson, assistant professor of equestrian
studies and western instructor.
WWU students utilized
posters and hands-on tools to educate students about feeding horses, horse
anatomy and equipment and tack. At the anatomy table, South Callaway students
had the opportunity to view the articulated front limb and various examples of
individual bones in the limbs of a horse.
Erin Springer, a
senior, was pleased with the reactions of the elementary students.
“It was surprising how
interested the children were in the horse legs. I expected the kids to think
the legs were weird, but most of them were intrigued by them. The kids responded
really well to the information we gave them.”
Katie Bigge, Danielle Heerdt, Shannon Yeaton and Erin-Springer.

South Callaway Elementary School
students view the limbs of a horse.

Horse saddles catch the attention of
the children.