Curiosity Quest, Season 5: Horseback Riding
Join Joel as he hits the wild wild west trails on a horseback adventure. Watch as Joel’s nerves hit the peak, as his vibrant horse, Domino, takes him for a gallop.
This is a wonderful episode of Curiosity Quest from season five, focusing on a question that viewer Kristi, from Hudson, Michigan, sent in. She wanted to learn about horseback riding and wanted Joel Greene, the host, to ride one. Jeff complies in this interesting episode.
Joel travels to Warner Springs Ranch, an equestrian center, located in southern California. He speaks to Jeff Brown, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Jeff speaks of the beautiful views of the hills and trees. Then, to get going, he and Joel both take off their cowboy hats with a hearty, “Yee-haw!”
Jeff shares some information such as telling Joel that a gelding horse is a male horse that has been fixed. And the horses enjoy eating fresh grass and grains. Joel is also introduced to Domino, a spotted alpha horse. An interesting fact is shared, that two horses often work together with their tails to swat flies away! We also learn that a quarter horse is called a quarter horse because these horses can outdistance other horses in a quarter mile or less. Who knew?
The episode features humorous moments, such as when Joel “interviews” a horse, asking him how he is dealing with the flies! The viewer will also learn about horse commands such as: 1. Shooshing. 2. Clicking, and 3. Kissing.
Another educational feature is the importance of the body language of a rider. We see two young girls, Tristen and Devyn, who are placed on the horses and taught to ride. Another important facet of caring for the horses is featured which includes brushing, cleaning, and placing a blanket on the horse.
Sheena Romaine, a horse wrangler, works with them and Joel, and Joel himself rides a horse. Joel rides Domino, a black and white pinto. In another funny scene various kids show Joel what they would look like if they were riding a horse. The episode also features several fun facts which are educational, such as a muscle is a cross between a horse and a donkey.
This entertaining and educational episode, running 25 minutes, has earned our Dove seal for All Ages.
The Dove Take
This one is for the entire family and anyone who even remotely enjoys horses will find this episode to be educational and enjoyable.