How do you ship horses around the world? FedEx, of course!
Just 150 years ago, it took months to travel from New York to California by covered wagon. But in today's globalized world, communicating with virtually anyone on the planet is a matter of touching a button, and traveling from New York to California takes a mere five hours.
Enter one of the most important inventions of our time—the jumbo jet. And enter two bold entrepreneurs who sought out business partners in a most unlikely place. Come along as 47 prize-winning thoroughbred race horses journey halfway across the globe and marvel in the fact that somewhere a horse is in flight every day of the year. Learn how airfreight, more than just a way to get consumer goods in a hurry, is a global platform from which unique business partnerships are born.
When Horses Fly covers numerous educational standards across several subject areas including ELL, Media/Technology, Language Arts, and Social Studies for Grades 4-9. To find which standards it covers specific to your grade, subject area, and which standards your district follows, use our Standards Alignment tool.
When Horses Fly generated discussion among students who usually are uninterested in many videos I show in class. I was very shocked that these students responded so strongly. I am still trying to figure out the mystery of how izzit has been ablr to capture their attention so easily!
Amanda Burns English/Lang. Arts - 9 Farmersville High School, Farmersville, TX
The students were not aware that horses were flying at all. This was a real eye-opener. There is so much involved with transporting the horses and the students were amazed when they learned about all the people who care for the horses during the flight and the long hours they put in during the process. All of this is possible because of the invention of the jumbo jet and innovative horse owners in the USA and Japan as well as in other countries.
Jeanette Webre Library/Media - 5 College Oaks Elementary School, LAKE CHARLES, LA
Awesome introduction to globalization and the advancement of the air industry and technology.
Joan Pewett Math - 9 Lancaster High School, Lancaster, VA
This is an excellent video to use when discussing globalization.
Christopher Haynes Social Studies - 8 Holly Shelter Middle School, Castle Hayne, NC