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    10-04-2008, 02:14 PM
I hope I'm not pushing the vision thing too hard but that's why I suggested it. 1) it' s interesting 2) Not many folks realize how differently a horse sees 3) the graphs would be outstanding which usually = a good grade.

Not only did I have to do this in school, but I have made 3 projects with my kids in the past 2 years :P

You don't want something so complicated that no one understands it, and you don't want something really boring either.

Plus you don't want to work super duper extra hard when it's not necessary....lmao.....I'm not suggeting you be lazy but I know how the school work piles up when you have a project like this.

Whatever you choose I wish you good luck and at least a B+
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    10-04-2008, 04:37 PM
But surely a good grade requires some reasonably decent science? :) The main issue with something to do with learning is that you simply have way too many variables. Make a list of all the things that could affect a horse's capacity to learn - I'll get you started:

- age
- breed
- prior handling and treatment
- spookiness of horse
- horse's own particular talents

There's lots more. Are you able to keep every single variable constant apart from the one you want to change? No way, not unless you somehow have access to the entire horse population of America or can raise a herd yourself and have the appropriate controls.

Something like the heart rate you can control far better, making sure that the horses have had the same amount of exercise that day, acknowledging varying levels of fitness in your evaluation, and so on.
    10-04-2008, 10:10 PM
I'll decide on what I can do once I get the information back from the people that own the barn where I ride. I am going to use their horses and ponies.

There's going to be something "wrong" with every experiment I do. Like, the horses are kept out in the pasture during the day, so the horse I use might have been running around more than the pony I use.

You could do that to measure a horse's fitness level. Hypothesize that a horse that had a lower body condition score (and you could bring the Heneke scale into it) will have a lower heart rate and a quicker recover than a horse with a higher score. You would need to do the same exercise for each horse, and use at least 4 horses in your test. In the results, include the whole horse profile including age, height, weight, breed, condition score, diet, and normal activity level.
I like this idea though. That's kinda what you were talking about, right, claireauriga?
    10-05-2008, 07:40 AM
That one's a good idea too. You have a hypothesis, you can test it, and you can draw conclusions from it. You would also be able to produce a detailed evaluation. And you're testing variables that you can actually measure.
    10-05-2008, 05:49 PM
YEA! I think I found my experiment! Thanks guys!
    10-05-2008, 06:16 PM
Brilliant! Things you should look to include - though I don't know just what a science fair asks for:

- introduction/summary
- background information/theory, just to set out the context of what you're doing. It doesn't have to be long
- hypothesis/prediction, which isn't just what you think will happen but why you think it will happen
- results, neatly tabulated
- appropriate graphs, charts or tables of data
- conclusions, which are what you found out and why you think things are the way they are
- evaluation, where you should consider how precise your measurements are, how reliable they are, and so how reliable (trustworthy) your conclusions are. Absolutely do not be afraid to point out the limitations of your experiment; it's a mark of a good scientist and essential for proper investigation
    10-06-2008, 05:45 PM
Yeah, my science teacher gave me a packet of all that needs to be on it. I'll post pictures and everything as soon as I start!

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