What Training a Horse Is Really About

By Kids for Kids, Flour Bluff, Front Page, Personal History

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     When I lost my horse Daisy a few months ago, I was devastated.  I loved her dearly.  Plus, she was my friend, and we needed each other.  Daisy came to me fully trained and very ridable, but she began to lose her eyesight, a forerunner of what would eventually take her life.  As she slowly lost her vision, I had to re-train her so that she would rely more on sound and touch than sight.  I had no idea what this was doing for me as a trainer.  I learned so much of what I now need to know to train my little filly, BB, an orphan who probably shouldn’t have made it from the very start.  Though both of these beautiful animals learned a lot from me, my mom, and everyone else who helped with their training, in the end they have taught me so much.

     I have learned to appreciate the small things.  When Daisy would cock her ears and make a move to avoid hitting a tree, I was so happy!  With BB, I smile each time she listens and remembers to turn left or right or simply stop.  I don’t think about what a great riding horse she will become; I just enjoy the little lessons she is learning right now.

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     I have learned to have patience.  With a blind horse and with a young horse, the lessons are not learned easily.  Day after day we go through the same routines until the lesson is learned.  I really believe that good things come to those who wait.  Only when we look back do we understand how far we’ve come.

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     I have learned that trust is a very important part of teaching and learning.  I need to know that they won’t pitch me or bolt, and they need to know that I won’t do anything that will hurt them or make them fearful.  Trust is built through kindness, consistency, and nurturing.

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     I have learned to have hope.  When I found out Daisy was blind, I couldn’t believe it.  Some people told us put her down.  Others shook their heads.  A few, like my mom, said that she could be re-trained.  Mom was right.  With BB, her mother’s death could have easily been her death, but so many people stepped in to take turns tending to her and making sure she had what she needed physically and emotionally.  Hand-raising a horse is not easy, but it helps you see that God works miracles through people – all the time.

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     The greatest of these is love.  The bond based on trust, patience, appreciation, and hope between a human and a horse can result in nothing except love.  I miss Daisy every day, but her memory lives on in BB as I use what Daisy taught me to train my little orphaned filly.  God gave us horses to help us be better people.

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About the Author:  Taylor Zamora is an 8th-grade student at Flour Bluff Junior High.  She loves animals of all kinds, especially horses.

 

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Ready, Aim, Fire!

By Kids for Kids, Corpus Christi, Education, Flour Bluff, Front Page, Outdoors, Sports

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     On May 6, 2016, our Nueces County 4-H Trap and Skeet Club held their annual competition at Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club, home to the Nueces County group. Over 270 youth competed in skeet, trap, whiz bang, and sporting clays, a record number of young gun enthusiasts for this event.  My brother, Lane Zamora, and his friend, Kaden Strey, participated in this year’s event and had a great time!

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     They are learning how to shoot skeet and trap, skills that make for more accurate shooting while hunting game.  They also learn more than that.  The 4-H Trap and Skeet Clubs primarily focus on gun safety for kids.  The participants take the Project ChildSafe Pledge, which reads:

     I Hereby Promise:
  • I will not handle guns without permission from a grown-up that I know.
  • I will never play with guns.
  • I will not go snooping or allow my friends to go snooping for guns in the house.
  • If I find a gun, even if it looks like a toy, I will not touch it; I will tell a grown-up I know right away.
  • I will obey the rules of safe gun handling.

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     The club also helps them be more disciplined and practice the self-control required for responsible firearms use, which helps them in their everyday lives, too.   They learn the safe and ethical use of firearms and understand that knowing how to handle a gun will prevent gun accidents.  For my brother, it is something that he and my dad enjoy doing together. What he learns about shooting a gun he also uses to shoot a bow.  Even I sometimes go along with them and take part in the hunt, something my mom won’t do even though she always goes to the 4-H shooting practices and competitions.  Our family knows the importance of being responsible gun owners.

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Taylor Zamora is a 7th-grade honors student at Flour Bluff Junior High.  She enjoys spending time with her family, riding her horse, playing sports, playing her clarinet, and hanging out with her friends.

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A Great Book for Dog Lovers

By Kids for Kids, Front Page, Opinion/Editorial

OwenThe following book review was written by second-grader Owen Beseda.  His favorite pastime is BMX bicycle racing.  He is currently ranked 4th in the state for his age group.  He also loves science and has advanced to the regional finals in science fair twice.  He loves dogs, especially his own, Emma and Bingo.  Owen lives with his mom, dad, and little brother.

 

   I just finished Call of the Wild by Jack London.  It is about a dog Buck who was kidnapped and sold as a sled dog in a severely cold northern territory.  He fights for his life fiercely and grows stronger.  He even becomes a leader of his pack.  When Buck, a St. Bernard and shepherd mix, hears the howls of the wolves, Buck realizes he must one day answer this call of the wild.  The reader follows Buck on his journey filled with excitement and danger.  Some of the humans in his life are kind, but most are mean to him.  All dog lovers would like this book, so would anyone who likes a good adventure story.

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Tickling the Funny Bone

By Kids for Kids, Flour Bluff, Front Page

Lane Z. is a 4th-grade student at Flour Bluff Elementary.  He loves hunting, baseball, dogs, a good riddle, and a funny joke.

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Q:  Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?

A:  He didn’t have the guts.

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Q:  What has a mouth but never talks?  What runs but never walks?  What has a bed but never sleeps?

A:  A river

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Q: There were 48 cows and 28 chickens. How many cows ate chickens?

A: Twenty

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Q:  Why does a golfer wear two pairs of pants?

A:   In case he gets a hole in one.

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Q:  What three candies can you find at school?

A:  Nerds, Dum Dums, and Smarties

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By Kids for Kids: You Can’t Keep God out of School

By Kids for Kids, Front Page, Religion

The following is an article by Owen B., a second-grade student at Flour Bluff Primary:

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   Has anyone ever told you that everything would be better if God was allowed in school?  I think that’s a funny thing to say since the Holy Spirit lives in my heart, and I go to school every day, which means God is always in school with me.  God is everywhere, so I’m pretty sure that He didn’t forget to go to school.  All I have to do is pray in my head to talk to Him.  I know that He’s there because He tells us we can trust Him.  Maybe more people need to believe in God so that everyone would understand that He is with them everywhere they go, even school.

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