Thursday, September 12, 2013

MU Extension Conducting Equine Short Course “From Hoof to Hay” in Brighton; Registration Deadline Sept. 25

Contact: Patrick Davis, livestock specialist
Headquartered in Cedar County
Tel: 417-276-3313

BRIGHTON, Mo. -- Current and prospective horse owners have the opportunity to hone their skills during the “From Hoof to Hay” short course series during October at the Good Samaritans Boys Ranch in Brighton.

“Owning horses can be an extremely rewarding experience but can also have its challenges. Being prepared and increasing your management knowledge can help reduce some stress,” said Patrick Davis, livestock specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.

This short course is designed for novice to intermediate horse owners. The goal is to help advance their knowledge about equine ownership.

Topics for the course include: costs of owning a horse, facilities and equipment, selection and safety, forages and grazing management, equine nutrition, equine health, and hoof care.

“We have several knowledgeable and experienced instructors lined up for this series. We are confident that even those with basic equine skills will take away some new concepts and management skills,” said Davis.

This 3-night series will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 3, 8, and 10 at the Good Samaritans Boy’s Ranch in Brighton. Each session will consist of classroom instruction as well as demonstrations at the ranch arena.

The cost for the program is $40 per person or $60 per pair and includes one materials notebook. The registration and fee are due at the Polk Extension office by Wednesday, Sept. 25.

For directions to the Boys Ranch, or to make arrangements due to a disability or for other questions, contact the Polk County MU Extension office at 417-326-4916


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