Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension Equine Seminar Set for April 16

Horse enthusiasts looking to pick up the latest cost-effective, science-based information on managing their animals can register now to attend the April 16 "Key Steps to Revitalizing Your Equine Partner" seminar in Cherokee, Okla.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service seminar is open to anyone with an interest in horses, said Tommy Puffinbarger, Alfalfa County Extension director and agricultural educator.

"Participants can pick up practical tips on how to keep their equine partner healthy, safe from injury, and enjoying their various activities, be they young or old horses," he said. "It's also an opportunity to interact with equine specialists and other horse enthusiasts, plus we will be showcasing equine-related booths."

Seminar sessions will focus on equine chiropractic, veterinary concerns, hoof care, nutrition requirements, exercise physiology, and basic equine exercise practices.

Sessions will be led by Ronnie Steadman, DVM, Salt Plains Vet Clinic; Steven Cooper, MS, PhD, Oklahoma State University (OSU) associate professor of equine studies; Dave Freeman, PhD, OSU Cooperative Extension equine specialist; Dee Cooper, a farrier and OSU Cooperative Extension Northwest District director; and others.

Laine Croft, OSU Spirit Rider, and the university's equine mascot Bullet will make a special appearance as part of the lunch activities. Geisler and Puffinbarger will serve as seminar moderators.

The seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alfalfa County Fairgrounds

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to pre-register to assist in the planning and preparation for lunch, refreshment breaks, and seminar materials. To register, contact Lorne Geisler of the Blaine County Extension Office at 580/623-5195 or Puffinbarger at 580/596-3131.

"Budgets are such that we really can only provide lunches for those who pre-register, so please do so at the earliest opportunity," Puffinbarger said.

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