Saturday, November 1, 2014
To Teach: An Educational Institution
Each day spent without learning something is a wasted day. One of the most compelling attractions of the Colonial Spanish horse is his role in our history. A key to efforts to preserve these horses is to present them in their historic context.
That is where the settler's home in our horse lot fits in. That is where the Colonial Spanish goats in our horse lot fit in. That is where the heirloom seeds that Jackie will be putting down in our garden fit in. That is where dramatic presentations about Betsy Dowdy will fit in. That is where presentations on stone age technology and Indian artifacts fit in. That is where our library at the Little House, which contains books not only on horse training but on American history, fits in. That is where riding at night fits in. That is where learning ancient songs and playing and singing them around a big fire last night fit in.
One of the other compelling attractions of the Colonial Spanish horse is that he can be the horse of our future. He is the ideal family horse for the hobby farmer, the homeschooling family and those interested in sustainability. That is where rotational grazing fits in. That is where experiments with worm production in compost will fit in. That is where resource utilization including allowing the horses to eat browse fits in. That is where soil conservation planning fits in. That is where free range chickens fit in. That is where constant education on plants and wildlife fit in.
So how do learning to tan hides fit into the preservation of Colonial Spanish horses? Look at these pictures of Kyle and Krista doing their first day of work tanning hides. Their mother helped them with defleshing and stretching the hides. It was her first effort at ever doing so. We were working these hides at the tack shed, about three hundred yards east of Archaic era Indian sites that are found in pasture Number 1.
A mother and two of her children in 2014 working deer hides together just up the hill from where mothers and children worked hides together nearly 2000 years ago.
That is teaching. That is learning. That is enriching lives.
And it is also preserving Corollas.
Posted by Steve Edwards