This student observed a 5-year-old boy (Heath) that participated in a horse show with other kids and adults in Fountain, Colorado. The members of this club meet and compete in horse events during the summer months. The horse show has participants of different age and different skill levels. The first stage (Lead Line) has beginner level participants from any age group. Heath’s group (Pea Wee’s) is the next level up from the Lead Line group and consists of ages 6 and under. The next level is for more advanced children between 7 and 10. The next levels of the horse show also increase in increments of certain sets of ages that go up to any age. Heath’s participation and interactions with his grandfather’s horse and social interactions with the club were documented. The horse that Heath participated on was a well-trained horse that has been roped off and trained to listen to its rider for at least 4 or 5 years. Heath’s abilities and developments processes were noted about how he rode the horse and how he interacted with his family who were giving him instructions. His behavior, attention span, attitude, mapping abilities, excitement levels, learning styles and basic interactions will be viewed through developmental psychology. Some other interactions will be specifically related to his physical, motor, social, emotional, cognitive, language developments. Heath will also be briefly compared to the groups immediately above and below him, as well as, some of Heath’s interactions within this environment will be examined.
Heath has participated in the Fountain show events since he was 4; although, Heath has been raised around horses and has been on them before he could walk. He practices riding his grandfathers horse at home with his family occasionally to prepare for the competition that takes place in Fountain. Heath’s family has worked with horses for at least 20 years or more. The horse that Heath is being trained on is a well skilled horse that has been worked on for at least 4 or 5 years and is 7 years old. In other words, the horse knows the commands of the rider and is ideal for a young horse rider to develop their riding techniques.
When the Barrels were being set up and the first group was competing, Heath was playing with his sister and a younger friend that was also in the event. Heath was the most active of his sister and their younger girl friend. He did a lot of climbing up, down, back, and forth across the bleachers. He did not sit still for very long and asked one of the girls to chase him. Heath was prompted to watch the horse show so he could learn some of the new routines that were introduced to his class group this time. Heath continued to play and ignores his grandmother who asked him to watch the event. Heath was not only preoccupied with his friends but the loose teeth in his mouth too.
Heath participated in four events and does a variety of maneuvers on the horse in each event. Heath is able to turn the horse the way...