Staford School strives to inculcate a love for the environment and nature, and an appreciation for all the people, and animals who help make our life beautiful. Last week’s visit to the flower garden and farm had given the children an exposure to the people who help us, an insight into the life of the people who work at farms and a glimpse of the farm and domestic animals. This week’s activity was conducted to bring the children closer to the animals that help us.
Wednesday, 27th November brought a pleasant surprise for the tiny tots of nursery, kindergarten and class I when they were presented with a fun-filled activity of a joy-ride on a horse-driven cart, also known as tonga, along with an opportunity to go horse-back riding. For most of the children this was their first exposure to a horse and a first up and close experience with any domestic or farm animal.
Horses are, perhaps, the most sensitive, loving, faithful and graceful creatures. The nursery and kindergarteners were introduced to this animal and they got acquainted with the height, built, gait and friendliness of a horse.They took turns horse-back riding and also experienced the joy of riding a tonga.Some children were afraid, of the horse, but their fear soon gave way to happiness and the thrill of riding a horse. Some children were brave and friendly enough with the horse to offer sugar cubes and biscuits to it.The children learnt how to mount and dismount a horse. They learnt commands and the control of the reins to make it turn right, left, move faster, slow down and to stop. This feeling of control was great and it helped children learn to coordinate their eye, hand, and body movements with those of the animal they were riding.