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Newton College and Career Academy has a new edition to its Agriculture Education program. “Blue” as the students call him is a miniature horse and will be a real hands on learning experience for the Equine Science and Animal Science Biotechnology classes taught by Mrs. Kelly Smith.

“Textbooks are wonderful ways to supplement learning inside of the classroom, but real life work is hands on” said Smith.

The students will use Blue to examine the biomechanics of horse movement, equine behavior and horse health care. Blue has been at the school for only a week and has already been visited by Dr. Billy Myers of Countryside Animal Hospital for his annual healthcare vaccines and exam. The miniature horse also has been a one-hit wonder with the pre-k students that visited him last week.

Jerquis Miller and Ashley Allen two students in the Equine Science class will be using Blue for their Supervised Agriculture Experience project. Their responsibilities will include his daily healthcare and training. Jerquis Miller, a senior at Newton High School, has a strong desire to attend the vet school in hopes to become an Equine Veterinarian. He was one of five students that were chosen to attend The Vet School for A Day Program that will be held during the week of fall break. Ashley Allen is a senior at Alcovy High School; she wants to attend Athens Technical College to become a veterinary technician that specializes in working in the equine field.

“The response from local veterinarians and horse farms owners about the program at Newton College and Career Academy has been over whelming,” said Smith. “This is going to be an exciting year!”