University of Minnesota Offers Horse Owner Education Programs

The University of Minnesota Horse Team is offering three regional horse owner education programs throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin in 2009. Each program offers research-based information and knowledgeable speakers identified specifically for that region by a committee of local horse experts and enthusiasts. Speakers for these programs include University faculty from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, local veterinarians, and area horse professionals. Programs are held on Saturdays and begin at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 a.m.) and end at 3 p.m.

Three topics will be presented simultaneously at each program. Participants can choose which sessions to attend (see Extension.umn.edu/horse for specific program agendas). The cost to attend the program is $35 per person. The fee includes lunch and a printed proceeding, which contains fact sheets and/or power point handouts from all program speakers. Registration prior to the program is required, and walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

The dates, locations, and topics (multiple topics presented simultaneously) are:

Jan. 31 at the U of M Leatherdale Equine Center on the St. Paul Campus Topics include: manure management, winter care, common causes of equine lameness and treatment options, cushings and other diseases affecting elderly horses, equine genetic disorders, ask the vet roundtable, pasture management, equine law, research updates, and equine behavior. An optional tour of the Equine Center will be given from 3-3:30 p.m. There is an additional $6 parking fee to attend this program. Registration deadline is Jan. 28. Register online.  

Feb. 21, at the University of Wisconsin--River Falls Agricultural Science Building in River Falls, Wis. Topics include: optimizing your hay supply, improving your existing facility, lameness in the performance horse, hoof care roundtable, pasture management, so you have a horse ... now what?, equine behavior, metabolic myths, the Top 10 things you should know about feeding your horse, Western saddle fitting, preventative medicine, and rehabilitation and complementary therapies. Registration deadline is Feb. 18. Parking available in lots G, H, K, and N. Register online. The program is co-sponsored by the U of W--River Falls and Cooperative Extension.

March 14 at the Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, Minn. (Rush, Walker, and Club House West Rooms) Topics include: winter care, research updates, first aid and wound management, manure management and composting, humane options for unwanted horses roundtable, equine genetic disorders, poisonous plants, ask the vet roundtable, equine behavior, elderly horse care, nutrition roundtable, and equine law. Registration deadline is March 11. Register online.  

Online and mail-in registration forms, maps, parking information, and program agendas are available at extension.umn.edu/horse. Contact 800/876-8636 with online registration questions. Contact Krishona at 612/625-6776 with additional questions. In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, an e-mail will be sent to all participants. Programs are recommended for attendees over the age of 13, but are open to everyone.

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