UNL to Host Law Enforcement Training Workshop

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March 6, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Horse Welfare Coalition is hosting a Law Enforcement Training Workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Animal Science Complex, Room A211.

The workshop will feature many lectures and hands-on training opportunities for anyone who may want to learn more about dealing with horse abuse or neglect situations.

Participants will be some of the first to get training on the new Horse BCS app that has been developed by eXtension Horses and UNL Extension. This will be an invaluable resource to document the body condition of horses. Also there will be an opportunity to learn some basic "hands-on" horse handling practices and pick up tips on horse behavior. 

Topics include:

– Documenting the condition of horses – Participants can learn how to use the new Horse Body Condition Score App.

– Staying safe while handling horses – Participants will learn how to read a horse's body language and avoid injury.

– Are they healthy? – Participants will learn how to determine a horse's health by checking the severity of the situation, age and general health.

– Is the available feed acceptable or not? – Participants will determine if hay and grain are acceptable feed based on quality and quantity.

– Investigative techniques: – Participants will learn how to identify and document the problem and when to take action.

– Hands-on-learning – This is a quick course on basic handling, including halter tying and leading. Participants also will learn the basics of general trailer loading.

– Identifying resources to use.

The cost of the event is $50 per person. To register go to http://tinyurl.com/lltksc9

Kathy Anderson, Ph.D.
UNL Extension Horse Specialist
Animal Science

Heather Haskins
Student Writer

Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service

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