Gain Some Horse Sense

Shortcourse sessions scheduled this fall for southwest Missouri horse owners. David Burton, MU Extension Information

Published on: Sep 20, 2004

"From Hoof to Hay," a three-night course for amateur equine enthusiasts will be held Oct. 5, 12 and 19 in Ozark, Mo., and Oct. 12, 19, and 26 in Carthage, Mo., The program starts at 7 p.m.

The two locations will have similar programs according to Dona Funk, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist who is organizing the events.

The three sessions will introduce participants to various aspects of equine ownership such as nutrition, reproduction, health and hoof care, and economics. Presenters include representatives from different areas of the equine industry such as farriers, veterinarians, Extension specialists and trainers.

Missouri now has the third largest inventory of horses (some 200,000 head) in the United States, just behind Texas and California.

Pre-registration (at a cost of $35 per individual or $50 per couple) is necessary before Sept. 29. Participants will receive a notebook containing information about the topics covered plus more information of various other topics.

For more information, call the Cedar County Extension Office at (417) 276-3313.