OSCEOLA COUNTY — The Tales ‘N Trails 4-H Club gathered together with eight members of the Lincoln Township Fire Department on Aug. 24 for a service

project.

Tails ‘N Trails members educated the fire fighters on how to properly and safely lead horses, make an emergency halter, how to safely tie a horse, how to approach a loose horse and a horse in a stall, and lastly how to load and unload a horse from a trailer. Also, they  competed in a relay game having to go and catch a loose horse with a flat halter, rope halter and making an emergency halter.

In addition, the fire fighters worked one-on-one with Tails ‘N Trails children about fire safety. They set a loose bale of hay and a whole bale of hay on fire and we practiced putting them out with water and fire extinguishers. The members learned that loose hay burns faster because there is more oxygen then a compact bale. The squad also taught the participants some first aid tips.