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Neridah McMullin: Fabish: the horse that braved a Bushfire

Session Info:

Fabish was a handsome grey racehorse. In his racing days, he wasn’t the fastest horse, but he always tried his hardest. And when he retired, Fabish took care of the yearlings in a paddock far away from the training track. Fabish showed the flighty young horses what was expected of a racehorse.

One hot summer day, a wild wind blew up and the yearlings were restless. Then Fabish smelled smoke. Fire was coming, fast. The trainer threw open the gate and said, ‘Go now!’ Fabish neighed to the young ones and they galloped away. All through the night, the fire raged and the trainer battled to save the racehorses in the stables.

But what would become of Fabish and the yearlings? Could he save them from the firestorm?

Topics Covered:

  • Black Saturday Bushfires 2009
  • How do bushfires happen?
  • What to do in a bushfire?
  • How do we save our animals in a bushfire?
  • Explaining Fabish’s story and what he did to save the young horses.
  • Poetry workshop:
  • Collecting descriptive words describing bushfires.
  • Writing a Bushfire Poem.


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