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CARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN FIRSTHAND ABOUT HORSES

As planes flew overhead and train whistles blew in the distance, Briarcliff Elementary School students saw firsthand Friday how people got around before the age of mechanized travel. “Are they real?” Jayden Guevara, 6, a kindergarten student, asked as he spotted Remington and Dandy, a pair of horses by the school’s playground.

“Awesome!” Jayden replied when he got his answer. Jayden wasn’t the only Briarcliff student excited to see the horses as the kids watched a demonstration of how shoes are placed on the animals’ hooves. It’s the culmination of a yearlong study of horses that was the brainchild of Briarcliff’s music teacher Janice Wilson.

Wilson said part of the inspiration for the “Horsin’ Around” program came from how students would ask her about the riding clothes she put on after school. “I’m a horse lover and someone who loves to ride,” she said. “I know enough to be dangerous.”