Forage Clinics for Horse Owners Scheduled

Two Purdue University Extension and Historic Prophetstown forage clinics designed to teach horse owners to produce quality hay and be more self-sufficient have been scheduled for July 30.

The Purdue Extension Horse Hay/Forage Day Clinic, a one-day workshop on July 30, will focus on hay quality assessment, production practices, and building a feeding program for horses. Educational stations will be set up at the Historic Prophetstown farm, 4112 state Route 225 E., West Lafayette, Ind.

There also will be a lunch panel of Purdue Extension and industry specialists who will discuss how to analyze hay's nutrient composition, dietary requirements for horses, and hay equipment and harvest methods.

The cost is $40 and includes educational materials and lunch for participants. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the class lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The second workshop, the Purdue Extension Hands-On Forage Clinic, is a two-day event at Prophetstown Farm on July 30 and 31. Participants also are invited to attend an orientation cookout July 29 at the farm. Event participants will use horse-driven hay equipment while learning to harvest in an efficient manner without crimping or damaging the hay.

Registration is $300 per person, or $250 for members of Historic Prophetstown. The fee includes all meals starting with Friday dinner and ending with Sunday lunch. Advanced draft horse driving skills are required.

More information and registration for both workshops are available online or by calling Melissa Brown at 765/567-4700.

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