UMD Offers Horse Ownership Week Education Opportunities

In celebration of Responsible Horse Ownership Week, taking place May 14-20, the University of Maryland (UMD) Extension is presenting five webinars for current and potential horse owners. All webinars will be recorded and will available online at for you to view at your convenience.

Monday, May 14, 2012--"Horse Ownership 101" Horse ownership can be a very exciting and rewarding experience; however, people don't often realize that the least expensive part of horse ownership is the purchase price of the animal. Before taking on the responsibility of horse ownership, it is important to be aware of the basic needs and expenses associated with our equine companions. Join the webinar May 14, from noon to 1:00 p.m. presented by Kristen Wilson, Extension Horse Specialist, to learn more about responsible horse ownership. Register here for this webinar.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012--"Maximizing Your Horses Nutrition for Optimal Health and Performance" With so many brands and varieties of horse feeds, how do you know which to choose? Tune in to a webinar presented by Amy Burk, PhD, MS, Extension Horse Specialist on May 15, from noon to 1 p.m. to learn about the unique features of the horse's digestive tract and how it relates to proper feeding management. Dietary strategies that reduce the incidence of metabolic dysfunction and digestive upsets will also be discussed. Register here for this webinar.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012--"Equine Facilities and Pasture Considerations" Being able to keep your horses at home might be a dream come true, but it is a much sweeter dream when proper thought and planning has been put into facility and pasture needs. The webinar, on May 16 from noon to 1 p.m., will discuss options for facilities as well as pasture management systems. Topics include facility considerations, maintaining pastures and designing a rotational grazing system. Register here for this webinar.

Thursday, May 17, 2012--"Basic Equine Health and Emergency Preparedness" Being prepared to deal with horse health problems begins with education. Learn how to take vital signs, recognize abnormalities, and respond to health emergencies. The webinar will take place May 17, from noon to 1 p.m., and will be presented by Sara Meagher, Faculty Extension Assistant. Register here for this webinar.

Friday, May 18, 2012--"Horse Shopping--Better Ask Some Questions" Do you know what is important to learn about prospective horses, when you are considering them? What questions should you ask when you're contemplating purchase of an equine partner? Join University of Maryland Extension Educator Elaine Bailey a webinar on May 18, from noon to 1 p.m. to learn more about the process of wise horse shopping. Register here for this webinar.

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