SUNY Cobleskill to Host Equine Week, June 4-8

The State University of New York (SUNY), Cobleskill, will be offering four weeks of a Large Animal Health Institute in June 2012. Each week will focus on one or more species and provide hands-on experience in the handling and health care of large animals. The first week, June 4-8, will concentrate on the behavior, anatomy, common diseases and treatments, reproduction, safe handling, and health care management of horses.

Different topics are covered by experienced faculty and staff, veterinarians, a farrier, and other industry professionals.

The first day will include safety with horses and some basic horse training. Attendees will engage in discussions on safety concerns in handling horses and techniques for working with more challenging horses. Attendees will be able to practice horse-handling skills and work with horses in the college roundpen, practicing equine communication using free-lunging techniques.

Day two's focus will be the equine hoof. A natural hoof trimmer and accomplished farrier will demonstrate trimming techniques and discuss management techniques to optimize hoof health.

The healthy horse and disease prevention will be the topics for days three and four, respectively. Under the supervision of a veterinarian, attendees will have the opportunity to take vitals on horses and practice injection techniques. Vaccinations schedules, normal anatomy, and changes with age will also be reviewed.

Both feeding horses in all stages of life and reproduction will be covered on the fifth day. Participants will look at feeds of different qualities and learn how to interpret a feed tag and a hay analysis. In addition, attendees will learn about determining when mares are in heat and procedures for getting mares safely in foal. The group will collect and evaluate the ejaculate of the college's resident stallion, and learn the process for shipment.

A tour of the Saratoga Raceway backstretch and an evening at the races concludes the institute. Saturday is an optional opportunity to tour a Dutchess County Thoroughbred breeding farm and the Rhinebeck Equine Clinic.

Lynn Dunn, PhD, professor of agricultural business and animal science, and Tadeusz Sulkowski, breeding manager at the SUNY Cobelskill Equestrian Center, are coordinating Equine Health Week.

For more information or to register, contact SUNY Cobleskill's Office of Professional and Continuing Education at 518/255-5528 or

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