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Schoolchildren foster horses

Horse tour operator Íshestar in Hafnarfjördur, near Reykjavík, teach children and teenagers how to care for horses in a course labeled “Hestur í fóstur” (“A horse in foster care”).

“We don’t just teach the pupils how to ride a horse, but also how to attend to its needs and clean up after it. […] They learn what it means to have a horse in a stable and care for it,” Silja Birgisdóttir at Íshestar told Fréttabladid.

According to Birgisdóttir, the course has been very popular. It is meant for eight to 16-year-olds, who are divided into groups of ten depending on their age. They come to the stables once a week for 12 weeks and learn how to care for horses.

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