New online course focused on feedlot horse handling and care

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April 29, 2016

Lincoln, Neb. — A new online course from Nebraska Extension has been developed for feedlots to teach workers, pen riders and processors safe horse handling and care. This one of a kind online certificate course is available 24/7 to allow cattle operations the flexibility of providing training to their workers as needed.

Topics covered during the course include:

  • Selecting the right feedlot horse
  • Basic care, grooming and first aid
  • Types of halters, bits and tie-downs to use and how to properly adjust and use each
  • Proper and safe handling methods to catch, halter, tie and bridle horses
  • Selecting, use and care for saddles, pads and cinches appropriate for feedlot horses
  • Safe and optimal housing for horses to minimize injuries
  • Foot care and shoeing as it applies to feedlot horses
  • Feeding and conditioning scoring
  • Correct sorting and cattle moving practices when horseback
  • General horse keeping in the feedlot

The interactive course will feature video tutorials and interviews by extension and feedyard professionals. Upon completion of course quizzes and a final exam, participants will receive a certificate of completion online. The course is offered in English and Spanish. 

Registration for the course is $25, which is good for 30 days. To register, visit

For more information on the online feedyard horse safety and care certificate course, contact Nebraska Extension Horse Specialist Kathy Anderson at 402-472-6486 or  

Kathy Anderson
Nebraska Extension

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