First Grade Students Pair up with Horses for Reading Enrichment Program

First grade students are teaming with live horses through an enriching literacy program called the Horse Tales Literacy Project.

Through the program, students read Walter Farley’s classic books and other horse literature, and school-based programs are developed around this.

Part of our program includes a trip to the Al Mirah Horse Stables to read to the horses. While there, students also learn more information about horses such as how to care for them, what they need to thrive and the food the animals eat.

Mrs. Arriaga and Ms. Ginny’s first grade classes visited the stables Monday. Ms. Wendy and Mrs. Fiore’s classes visited the horses Tuesday.


Jazelle helps demonstrates how people who work at the stables put horseshoes on the horses’ hooves.



Aiden takes some time to pet a horse.



Elizabeth checks out one of the treats that the horses are fed.



Melina reads a page of “Little Black Goes to the Circus” to a horse.



Rylee reads a page of “Little Black a Pony” to one of the horses.



Nestor and Mateo read a story to one of the horses.



Jonathon and Ms. Ginny read a page of a story to a horse.



Lexi lets a man who works at the horse stable demonstrate how they clean a horse’s hoof.



Ms. Ginny’s class listens as people from the horse stable talk about horse care.



Students in Ms. Ginny’s class read to a horse.



Mrs. Arriaga’s class photo with the ribbons they received during the field trip. 

Additional information about the Horse Tales Literacy Project: Formerly called The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation, the Horse Tales Literacy Project is an innovative partnership of educators, businesses, volunteers, educational foundations, and staff members focused on promoting literacy through the winning combination of live horses and classic horse literature. Children are inspired to read through this program. Horse Tales Literacy Project is currently composed of school-based programs where activities are developed around Walter Farley’s classic books and other horse literature. Programs consist of curriculum-based literacy for first and fourth-fifth grades. All of these literacy programs are age-appropriate and aligned with both state and national standards in reading and other curriculum areas.