1. Grab a paper and pencil.
2. Click on any post that interests you. Each post is a real story or news item about horses and ponies. Embedded within the story are math questions based on information found in the story.
3. Answer each math question, explore the links, videos and photos included in the post.
4. At the bottom of each post is a blue button reading ‘Click HERE to check your answers.’ Horse Lover’s Math Club members will be able to click the button and the answers will be revealed.
When you come across questions you find easy, the review and practice will increase your math confidence. Over time you may reach a point where you can figure out the answer in your head, which will come in handy when you are walking a show jumping course and figuring out how many strides your horse will take between jumps.
Unlike in the workbooks, the math questions in each post may be a mix of all three grade levels. This is a conscious choice. When you come across a question you don’t know how to do, give it a try, think about it, see if you can figure it out, then check the answers. The answers page doesn’t just give the answer, it shows how the answer was arrived at.The posts also have a mix of questions that require knowledge of both metric and imperial systems.
In the real world of horses both metric and imperial number systems are used. Here in Canada where the metric system is used, the weight of bales of hay is still often described in pounds and shavings for a horse’s stall are sold by the cubic foot. Much like a person who can speak two languages, it is good to be familiar and fluent in both number systems.
Of course the result of doing all this math is that – you learn more about horses!