For Educators: The Horse

The Horse examines the powerful and continuing relationship between the horse and humans. The exhibition explores the origins of the horse family, extending back over more than 50 million years. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students. 

Educators Guide and Materials


More Resources for Educators

Use these free online resources to further explore themes presented in The Horse exhibition.

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Science Bulletin

The Last Wild Horse: The Return of Takhi to Mongolia

This feature depicts the emotional reintroduction of Takhi to their last known home range in Mongolia's Gobi desert. The Takhi, also known as Przewalski's horse, is the last surviving horse species that has never been domesticated. An important national symbol for Mongolians, the Takhi also serves as an important case study for conservation biologists who struggle to support the viability of thousands of species on the verge of extinction.

Dress Up a Horse

Dress Up a Horse

Throughout time, people have dressed horses in different ways—sometimes for practical reasons, other times to reflect status or wealth. Explore the styles of horse dress from six world cultures.

The Quest for the Perfect Tomato

The Quest for the Perfect Tomato

The next time you eat a tomato, ask yourself: What would it taste like if there were a bit of flounder in it? Learn how scientists are using genetics to change the food you eat.

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Investigate circular and 3D cladograms to see how scientists keep track of species and their evolutionary relationships. 

Calculate Horsepower

Classroom Activity

Calculate Horsepower

Most car enthusiasts can tell you the horsepower of their favorite vehicle. But what does that measurement really mean? And what does it have to do with horses? Find out with this mathematical challenge.

Compare Hoof and Tooth Fossils

Classroom Activity

Compare Hoof and Tooth Fossils

More than 35 million years ago, horses thrived in wet forests. Take a close look at horse fossils to see what paleontologists can learn from studying an extinct animal’s bones and teeth.

Horse Power (SuperScience)

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Horse Power (SuperScience)

Try to imagine a world without horses. For starters, what would Paul Revere have used to make his midnight ride on, a cow?

Horse Power (Science World)

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Horse Power (Science World)

Some scientists believe the fate of humankind was changed when humans first began to tame the wild horse. Learn more about how horses have shaped our world.

Beautiful Breeds

Beautiful Breeds

Did you know that there are more than 200 breeds of horses living today? Explore amazing facts about horse breeds. Find out about their colors, body types, the different jobs they do, and where in the world they come from.

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