Nevada Wild Horses & Burros

JUST FOR KIDS!Junior Explorer Activity Book

handprint horse Handprint Horse Project

• Transform your handprint into a horse!
• Trace your hand on a plain piece of paper.
• Then turn the paper so your fingers point down.
• Add details to make your hand into a horse.
• Then add a background.

Variation(s):

  • Draw a picture or poster which captures the spirit of America’s mustangs and burros in the wild.
  • Do an internet search to learn more about Wild Horse Annie.

A Family Affair
Wild horses live in family groups. A band of wild horses is made up of 'mares', 'foals' and 'yearlings'. Each family group is guarded by a stallion who is the father of the group’s foals. Young male horses, or bachelors, are forced out of the family group when they are about two years old. They join other young male horses to form a bachelor band. Sometimes, bachelors leave the group, find their own mates, and form their own band. A herd is formed by all the bands living in a particular area. A herd rarely comes together unless food or water is very scarce. Most often, you will see individual bands of horses in the wild.

'Mare' means a fully mature female horse or other equine animal.
'Foal' means a young horse or mule less than one year of age.  
'Yearling' means an animal in its second year of age.

Band of wild horses

Conduct Your Own Wild Horse Gather…
Throw a Loop Around the Following Words: 
MUSTANG                                          ANNIE                                   COVER                                  RUGGED
LAND HEALTH                                    FOOD                                    SPACE                                   HARSH
FORB                                                  TREE                                      WILDLIFE                             ARID
BURRO                                               WATER                                  VEGETATION                       STALLION
HABITAT                                             SYMBOL                                LIVESTOCK                           ADOPT
GRASS                                                 LEGEND                                WEED                                   MARE
HERITAGE                                           FOAL                                     INDIANS                              SPANISH

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Check What You Know/Fill in the blanks:

1. Early horse was about the size of a __________.
2. __________ waged a fight to bring America’s mustangs and burros under federal protection.
3. Animals need __________ for shelter and protection.
4. __________ are originally from Africa.
5. Your home is your __________.
6. Western rangelands can be __________ and harsh.
7. __________ stands for Bureau of Land Management.
8. BLM is responsible for the __________ of wild horses and burros on public lands.
9. Animals need __________ and __________ to survive.
10. __________ average 800-1,000 pounds, range in height from 13 to 16 hands, eat 20-25 pounds of food and need 10 gallons of water per day.

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