Today was the official grand opening of the Kentucky Horse Park’s new Kids’ Barn. It’s a few steps from the front door of the CAA’s building, in the former draft-horse barn. A variety of equine organizations have each taken over a standing stall and outfitted it with educational horse-related games, activities, learning tools, etc. At one end of the barn are four box stalls, and each of these has a horse or pony it.

Today’s opening featured a ribbon cutting, and then a group of third graders from Russell Cave Elementary were set loose to have fun.

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in one stall, kids can learn how to tie a lead rope ...

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... use a variety of curry combs and brushes ...

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... and brush a horse's tail

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In the CAA’s stall, kids can sit in a (dismantled) carriage and get a feel for “driving,” using weighted reins. A large photo of a horse, taken from the vantage point of the driver, helps complete the illusion.

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The kids all seemed to have a great time this morning, exploring the entire barn and pretending to “drive” in our (very popular) CAA stall …

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all these kids and more were clamoring to get into the carriage in the CAA's stall

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