Want to teach your kids about the life cycle of a horse? We’ve got you covered! Our printables and activities are perfect for teaching about the horse life cycle for kids.
They’ll learn all about horses – from birth to death. Plus, they’ll have fun doing it! Our printables and horse activities for kids are easy to use.
Just download, print, and get started. You can use them in the classroom or at home. And best of all, they’re free! So what are you waiting for? Download them now!
Have you ever wondered how long horses live? Or what happens to them during different stages of their lives?
As with all mammals, horses go through four main stages of life: birth and early life, puberty and maturity, aging, and death.
In the wild, horses typically live to be between 20 and 30 years old, but domesticated horses can often live much longer thanks to advances in veterinary care.
The Life Cycle of a Horse
Birth and early life: Within a few hours of being born, most foals can walk. They continue to nurse for several months but will start grazing on grass and other plants after a few weeks. At around six months old, foals are usually weaned off their mother’s milk.
Puberty and maturity: Horses reach puberty between the ages of one and three years old. At this time, they experience a growth spurt and their bodies fill out as they mature into adults. Most horses are considered fully grown by the time they’re five years old. Males continue to mature until they’re around seven years old, while females mature earlier and are often ready to start breeding by the time they’re three years old.
Aging: As horses age, they experience many of the same health problems that humans do: joint pain, arthritis, vision problems, cancer, and more. With proper care, however, many horses can live long and healthy lives well into their twenties or thirties.
Death: When a horse dies, there are several different ways its body can be disposed of. The most common method is burial; however, some owners choose to have their horses cremated instead. Whatever method is chosen, it’s important to make sure that the horse is properly laid to rest so that its spirit can find peace.
Horse Books for Kids
There are a ton of great horse books out there for kids. Whether your child is interested in learning about different breeds, tack, or horse care, there’s sure to be a book that’s perfect for them.
And what’s more, reading about horses can be a great way for kids to learn about responsibility, teamwork, and empathy. I’ve shared several lists here on the blog. Take a look through them to find a new read for your horse lover!
- Graphic Novels About Horses
- Horse Books for Kids
- Horse Chapter Books for 2nd Graders
- Horse Books for 3rd Graders
- Nonfiction Horse Books
- Horse Books for Kindergarten
- Horse Stories for Girls
- Horse Books for Boys
- Horse Books for Tweens
Preparing the Pages
These no-prep worksheets are a breeze to use. You just need to print them out, and you’re all set.
Provide your student with a pencil and some crayons (optional), and they’re good to go.
NOTE: If you’d like to make these worksheets reusable, you can laminate them or slip them into a dry erase pocket. Then, your kindergartener can use dry erase markers to complete the pages and wipe them clean when they’re done.
Cut and Paste Life Cycle: Cut and paste the pictures to sequence the life cycle of a horse.
Life Cycle Sequencing: Number the pictures 1-4 to sequence the horse life cycle.
Word Scramble: Unscramble seven words related to horses and how they grow.
Word Search: Search the grid for seven words related to horses and how they grow.
Life Cycle Writing: Write the name of each stage of the life cycle of the horse.
Horse Activities for Kids
This horse farm play dough kit is a great way to get your kids engaged in imaginative play! It comes complete with plastic horses, peg dolls, homemade playdough, and more!
Kids will love stitching and stuffing their very own horse friend with this Felt Horse Sewing Kit. It’s designed for kids ages 7+.
Kids of all ages can make a gorgeous horse suncatcher to hang in a nearby window.
More Horse Activities
- Printable Horse Activities for Kids
- Horse Crafts for Kids
- Horse Gifts for Tweens
- Paper Bag Horse Craft for Kids from Simple Everyday Mom
- Find the Letter: H is for Horse from 3 Boys and a Dog