UT Extension hosts horse college

Friday, August 25, 2017

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Marshall County has 1,790 horses and ponies. Owning a horse comes with a huge amount of responsibility. An owner has to consider important matters such as: maintaining the horse’s health, what proper nutrition may look like, what recommended vaccines may be, and if you ride your horse, how to maintain an equine athlete, just to name a few.

Several local University of Tennessee Extension offices have teamed up to provide a new program called “Horse College.” This three night program (Sept 7, 14, 21), and will feature discussions led by veterinarians and university specialists on various topics of interest to horse owners. Topics such as healthcare, maintaining the equine athlete, and athletic injuries will be discussed. The final night of the program, September 21, will culminate with the Middle Tennessee Horse Hay Field Day, featuring specialists in multiple fields from the University of Tennessee. At the Horse Hay Field Day, topics such as nutrition, plant toxicities, and pasture management will be discussed.

This program is available to all who are interested. Meetings will be held on September 7, at the William P. Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia, and on September 14, and 21st at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center in Spring Hill. The Horse College program costs $10 per person, and a dinner will be included each night.

For more information, please contact the University of Tennessee Extension Lawrence County office at 931-762-5506. Spaces are limited, so please register by September 1.