'Horse Protection Day' - 1st March 🐴

"Horses lend us the wings we lack."

Pam Brown

"A horse gallops with his lungs, Perseveres with his heart, And wins with his character."


Begin the session by asking members who has ridden a horse, or owned one?

Who has been pony trekking? What about riding a donkey on the beach as a child?

Who places a bet on ‘The Grand National’? Has anyone had a win?

What are the best things about horses - their grace, speed, intelligence etc.

Think about working horses - cavalry horses, pit ponies, racing horses etc.


Next, complete these well known phrases together …

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it DRINK

Back in the saddle AGAIN

Champing at the BIT

Like flogging a dead HORSE

Don’t look a gift horse in the MOUTH

Don’t shut the stable door after the horse has BOLTED

As stubborn as a MULE

Getting a leg UP

Get off your high HORSE

Horses for COURSES

Jump on the BANDWAGON

Sowing wild OATS

Don’t put the cart before the HORSE

A nod is as good as a wink to a BLIND HORSE

Hold your HORSES!

Put out to PASTURE


Back the wrong HORSE

Donkey's YEARS

On the home STRETCH

Wild horses couldn't drag me AWAY

One trick PONY

Talk the hind legs off a DONKEY


Enjoy this first song together …

‘On White Horses’, Jacky - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtCNbERKvMs

Who used to watch this TV show, when in younger years?


ROUND 1. Famous Horses

1. What was the name of Dick Turpin's horse?

2. What was the name of The Lone Ranger's horse?

Name his American Indian friend?

3. What was the name of Zorro's horse?

'Black Beauty' TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u5NgC4lZ8s&t=8s

4. Which bank uses a black horse as its logo?

5. What was the name of this talking American TV horse?

6. What was the name of the horse in the 1944 movie 'National Velvet'?

Name the child actress?

7. What was the name of Robin Hood's horse? (Trick question)

Which actor is playing him here?

Here is the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbyYr6L5xQM

8. What was the name of Gene Audrey's horse?

Here is the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMdVuiac27U

9. What was the name of Roy Rogers's horse?

10. Name this 'Grand National' winning horse, who was kidnapped in 1983?

SONG. 'Rhinestone Cowboy', Glen Campbell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kAU3B9Pi_U

11. What was the name of his other big hit, about him being a lineman for the county?

ROUND 2. TV & Movies

12. Name the 1937 movie & the brothers?

13. Name the 1959 movie & the actor?

14. Name the 1967 movie & the actor?

15. Name the 1969 movie & the actor?

Clue: "Get off your horse and drink your milk."

16. Name the cigarette brand being advertised here?

17. Name the 2000 movie & the actor?

18. What was the name of the horse in 'Steptoe And Son'?

19. Name this TV series about a farm?

Here is the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVo7BFss8Vc

20. Which book, written by James Herriot, was this TV series based on?

21. What was the name of the family in 'Only Fools And Horses'?

SONG. 'Deadwood Stage', 'Calamity Jane' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_xmujSyxkU

22. Who starred in this 1953 movie?

ROUND 4. Famous Horse Riders

23. Name this medal winning equestrian from Yorkshire?

24. Name this tax avoiding jockey?

25. Name this jockey, about whom a movie was made in 1984 about his recovery from cancer?

26. Name this horse whisperer?

27. Name this sheriff actor?

28. Name this actor?

29. Name this Olympian royal?

30. And her daughter?

31. And her mother?

SONG. 'Stand And Deliver', Adam And The Ants - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B2a6l6wM2k

32. What was their other royalty related number 1 UK hit?

ROUND 4. Horse Paraphernalia

33. Name the foot hold and the metal disk?

34. Name the rope?

35. Name the headgear?

36. Name the place where horses are kept?

37. Name the footwear?

(Has anyone got one on their door for good luck?)

38. Name these seats?

Song. 'Back In The Sale Again', Gene Autry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5F-O_19lSI

SONG. 'I Know An Old Lady', Burl Ives - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZnLxqUyFK8

39. What happens to the old lady when she swallows a horse?

SONG. 'A Horse With No Name', America - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocLCLMZO6dc

40. According to Google, what are the ten most popular male horse names. See how many you can guess.

FACTOID. Did anyone get to see the stage production 'War Horse' (or the movie)?

It is estimated 18 million horses, mules and donkeys died in the First World War, many of them from the extreme conditions they were kept in!

FACTOID. In 1878 the RSPCA calculated that there were over 200,000 horses at work in British mines.

FACTOID. The number of horses in training to race in the UK is 23,500 in any year.

FACTOID. Horses live 25-30 years.


I wasn't sure whether or not to include this, but it a great song and was a big hit in 1976.


Or there's this ...


Or this ...


And finally my favourite ...



You could have a go at drawing or modelling horses?

Or you could make Origami horses. There are some good guides on YouTube.

Here's one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiQnNIIIDbc

Better still, you could make arrangements to pet some horses or donkeys at your local community farm.


1. Black Bess

2. Silver / Tonto

3. Tornado

4. Lloyds TSB

5. Mr Ed

6. Pie / Elizabeth Taylor

7. Through The Glen / Errol Flynn

8. Champion

9. Trigger

10. Red Rum

11. Wichita Linesman

12. A Day At The Races / Marx Brothers (Harpo, Groucho & Chico pictured)

13. Ben Hur / Charlton Heston

14. Dr Doolittle / Rex Harrison

15. True Grit / John Wayne

16. Marlboro

17. Gladiator / Russell Crowe

18. Hercules

19. Follyfoot Farm

20. It Shouldn't Happen To A Vet

21. Trotters

22. Doris Day

23. Harvey Smith

24. Lester Piggott

25. Bob Champion

26. Robert Redford

27. Clint Eastwood

28. Kevin Costner

29. Princess Anne

30. Zara Phillips

31. HRH Queen Elizabeth 11

32. Prince Charming

33. Stirrups & Spurs

34. Lassoo

35. Bridle

36. Stables

37. Horseshoes

38. Saddles

39. She died

40. Jack, Charlie, Billy, Harry, Bailey, Alfie, George, Murphy, Bobby and Paddy are the ten most popular male horse names

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