Master Equine Program Provides Training for Those Interested in Horses

Dec. 15, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Master Equine Manager program offers participants a comprehensive educational series on horse management and riding and training concepts.

A partnership of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University, the course is available online at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/masterequine/. A complete program description and registration information are available there.

Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension horse specialist, said the program is designed to enhance the broad-based horse industry by informing and educating people on quality horse care and responsible horse ownership.

Horse owners, enthusiasts, boarding facility managers and industry employees benefit from increased knowledge and networking with others in the horse industry. The program combines focused learning opportunities with a hands-on practical evaluation.

The learning modules and topics include:

– Welfare of Horses: Understanding Horse Behavior, Facilities and Equipment, Equine Quality Assurance

– Horse Nutrition: Forages for Horses, Feeds and Feeding

– Horse Health: Equine Emergency Treatment, Vaccinations for Horses, Understanding Horse Parasites, and Hoof Care

– Selection of Horses: Conformation and Evaluation, Unsoundness's and Blemishes

Cost is $325 for adults (19 and older), $250 for youths, who might be high school juniors or seniors.

More information is available from Anderson, 402-472-6414, kanderson1@unl.edu.

Registrations are accepted from junior and senior high school students and adults with an interest in horses. Graduates of the program will become a certified Master Equine Manager and are encouraged to share their skills and knowledge with others. The program is approved by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and Certified Horsemanship Association – Certified Riding Instructors for CE credit for recertification.

Kathy Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Animal Science
402-472-6414
kanderson1@unl.edu

Dan Moser
IANR News Service
402-472-3030
dmoser3@unl.edu