Several programs targeted towards Nebraska's horse producers have been developed. Certain annual programs such as Horsin' Around have become well established, various other seminars/workshops are conducted, and several publications have been produced.
Extension programming for Nebraska's horse producers has focused on improving horse care, management, training and profitability of horse owners through conferences, workshops, meetings and publications. Some activities have been conducted on an annual basis whereas others are developed based on need or as requested. Furthermore, the Extension Horse Program has been involved with initiating some programs and once established, letting the organization function on its own. One such example is the Nebraska Horse Council and the Nebraska Horse Expo. The following is a list of producer related extension items. Click on the name of the program for more information.
- UNL ANSC
- Horsin' Around
- Master Equine Manager Certification
- Equine Business Conference
- Horse Welfare Coalition
- Horse Industry Links Index
- Horse Liability Law and Safety
- Unwanted Horse Information
- Rendering Companies
- Horse Feeding Help
- Pasture For Horses
- Horse Reproduction and Breeding
- Horse Genetics
- Management of Foals and Young Horses
- Buying Horses
- Horse Health Care and Diseases
- General Horse Care and Management
- Pest and Insect Control
- Riding and Tack
- Biosecurity for Horses
- Miscellaneous Horse Information and Resources
UNL Animal Science DepartmentThe Companion Animals and Horse Newsletter
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Husker Horse Info Blog
Horsin' Around 2015
Horsin' Around brochure and registration (PDF 487 kb)
Horsin' Around poster (PDF 220 kb)
NEWS RELEASE FROM IANR NEWS SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
-- Jeff Mellott Headlines Annual Horsin' Around Conference at UNL
Dec. 23, 2014
Jeff Mellott Headlines Annual Horsin' Around Conference at UNL
LINCOLN, Neb. — Jeff Mellott will headline the 23rd annual "Horsin' Around" conference Feb. 28-March 1, 2015 in the RB Warren Arena at the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus.
Mellott is a professional All-Around-Horseman from Andover, Kan., and a AQHA & NSBA judge, past president KQHA, and KQHA Volunteer Award 2012. Mellott is a trainer of multiple World and Congress Champions and is one of the industry's best teachers. His goal is that each rider enjoys the journey to his or her own success in and out of the arena. For the first time in 17 years, Mellott is now taking outside customers and works with Youth, Amateur & Select riders. He specializes in All-Around horses & exhibitors, especially Horsemanship, Trail, and Western Riding. Mellott will focus on Western Horsemanship, English Equitation and Trail during the two day event.
Also speaking at the event will be equine veterinarian Amy Cook and Danielle Burn of Omaha.
Dr. Cook grew up in rural Nebraska where she was very involved with the 4-H horse program. She received her bachelor's degree from UNL and spent several years working in a variety of equine disciplines prior to returning to vet school. In 2013 she received her DVM from Iowa State University and went on to complete a one-year hospital internship at Kendall Road Equine Hospital in Elgin, Ill., before returning to Nebraska and establishing In Touch Equine Veterinary Services..
Danielle Burns of Omaha prides herself in an honest straightforward approach of working with youth and amateurs of all levels and ages. Burns' primary focus is performance events, and she specializes in Western Pleasure at AQHA and APHA shows. She is also an AQHA, NSBA and POA judges. Burns also enjoys pairing horses and riders together that make great teams.
The conference begins at 9 a.m. both days and is open to participants of all ages. Adult registration is $30 for both days or $20 for one day. For youth 18 and under, the cost is $20 for both days or $15 for one day. If the clinic doesn't sell out, registration will be available at the door for adults at $40 for both days and $25 for one day and for youth at $30 for both days and $20 for one day.
Master Equine Manager CertificationATTENTION all junior and senior high school students, and any adults with an interest in horses! The Master Equine Manager program combines focused learning opportunities with hands-on experience that teaches the science of horse management. Click on the links below for more information.
Equine Business ConferenceClick on picture to Register
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Nebraska Horse Welfare Coalition
Horse Industry Links Index
Breed and Event Associations
AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association)
APHA (American Paint Horse Association)
Appaloosa Horse Club
CPRHA (Central Plains Reining Horse Association)
ACHA (American Cutting Horse Association
NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association)
NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association)
NRHA (National Reining Horse Association)
AAEP (American Asscoaition of Equine Practitioners)
AHC (American Horse Council)
United States Equestrian Federation formerly American Horse Shows Association
AYHC (American Youth Horse Council)
AWC (Animal Welfare Council)
CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association)
NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO
NAERIC (North American Equine Ranching Information Council)
Nebraska/ Regional Organizations
Other Information Resources
The Horse Source - Comprehensive site with links to almost anything to do with the sport
Horse Country - Another comprehensive site
Kansas State University Extension
Purina Mills: Horse
Lefty's Stable - Horse Classifieds
Horse Liability Law and Safety
Most of you probably know Nebraska's Liability Law as LB153. However, as this bill is now a law or a statute, it is known as Statute 25-21.
Legislative Bill 153 - For an act relating to equine activities; to provide standards and procedures for civil liability.
25-21,250. Equine Activities; terms defined
25-21,252. Equine Activities; applicability of other laws; liability enumerated
25-21,253. Equine Activities; signs and contracts; requirements
25-21,251. Equine Activities; liability and claims; limitations
25-21,249. Equine Activities; legislative intent
All contracts and signs must state:
Under Nebraska Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to this act.
Horse Trailer Maintenance and Trailering Safety
Whether transporting your horse for pleasure or for evacuation purposes, the following sites can provide reminders for the proper maintenance of the horse trailer. Don't wait until the last minute and assume that everything is 'good to go' - especially if the trailer has not been used for a while. Also make sure to look it over to insure that no insects (wasps, for example); rodents, or snakes have decided to make a home in the trailer or in the area under or around it. A publication, Horse Trailer Maintenance and Trailering Safety, by Rutgers Cooperative Extension can be found on the national Ag. Safety Database.
A fact sheet, Common Sense Trailer Safety, that covers additional information about the selection of the towing vehicle, etc. by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
If traveling with horse(s) for several days, the following site includes a list of horse-friendly stop-over locations: Horsestrip.com
Unwanted Horse Information
- The Unwanted Horse webcast recording by Dr. Tom Lenz–listen to a presentation that covers the plight of the unwanted horse in the U.S. It focuses on the types of horse that becomes unwanted, the reasons they become unwanted, and possible solutions to the problem.
- Dealing with Unwanted Horses in Nebraska NebGuide
Nebraska Rendering Companies- listing of rendering or "dead stock" removal companies located within the state.
- Unwanted Horse Coalition, Own Responsibility - educational website for horse owners focusing on the long-term responsibilities of horse management and alternative opportunities available for horses before they become unwanted.
- Animal Welfare Council - find news, opinions, state and federal legislation, and additional info pertaining to animal welfare.
- The Unintended Consequences of a Ban on the Humane Slaughter (Processing) of Horses in the US-identify and review the unintended consequences of a ban in the United States on the processing of horses for human consumption.
- Horse Disposal Options- site that outlines and descries various methods of equine carcass removal.
- The United Organizations of the Horse- learn more about this corporation that is working to restore humane and regulated horse meat processing in the US and control the overpopulation of wild and feral horses on federal, state, tribal, and private lands.
- The American Horse Council –link provides survey results surrounding unwanted horse issues, the National Issues Forum "Welfare of the Horse", and other information and links related to horse slaughter.
Horse Feeding Help
- Supplements for horses – Are you using money wisely?- There are a tremendous number of supplements on the market for horses, but the research supporting claims that many of these supplements make is unclear or just not available. This presentation will explore horse's vitamin and mineral, joint, calming, herbal and various other supplements, when supplements might be beneficial, and how to use science based information to determine if your horse needs a feed supplement. Presented by: Carey A. Williams, Ph.D, Equine Extension Specialist, Rutgers University. Webcast
- Getting the most from your forages for your horses – Helping horse owners to make educated decisions on management and selection of forages that would enhance the nutritive value and reduce overall feed costs. Presented by Burce Anderson, PhD, University of Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist Webcast
- Basics of Feeding Horses: Reading the Feed Tag, G1403
This NebGuide explains the role of essential nutrients and how to read the tag of a manufacture red horse feed.
- Basics of Feeding Horses: Feeding Management, G1781
This NebGuide covers basic, daily feeding management for horses and details the differences between common feeding strategies. http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/g1781.pdf
- Basics of Feeding Horses: What to Feed and Why, G1875
This NebGuide discusses the horse's digestive system and appropriate feeding procedures.
- Management of Blister Beetles in Alfalfa, G1645
Blister beetles can be a grave risk to horses. This publication describes the symptoms of poisoning from blister beetles and how it might be prevented.
- Feeding and Care of Orphaned Foals, G1872
Orphaned foals can survive with intensive management in the first 24 hours. This NebGuide includes recipes for emergency milk replacements and care recommendations for the early weeks.
- Feeding with Round Bales PDF (456 kb)
- Feeding New Hay PDF (153 kb)
- "EC95-272 Nutrition Management of Pregnant and Lactating Mares"
- Condition Score Card for Horses PDF (140 kb)
eXtension Horses Learning lessons
- "Horse Hay" Good quality hay can provide ample nutrients to meet the needs of most horses. There is no right or wrong hay to feed your horse. As a horse owner, you must evaluate your individual horse's needs and determine the type of hay and feeding strategies that fit your feeding program. This module is designed to give you the knowledge to make these decisions.
- "Feeding a Horse" One of the basic responsibilities of horse ownership is care of the animal. Proper feeding and nutrition are vital elements of that care. Learn the basic principles of feeding a horse in this lesson. http://articles.extension.org/category/horse_feeding_management
Pasture For Horses
- Common Grasses of Nebraska: Prairies, Rangelands, Pasturelands, EC170
Illustrated identification guide, including descriptions of inflorescence and vegetative characteristics, distribution and habitat, uses and values for 88 grass and grass-like plants in Nebraska. http://extensionpubs.unl.edu/publication/9000016364360/common-grasses-of-nebraska/
eXtension Horses Learning lessons
- "Equine Pasture Management" Why is good pasture important to horses? Well, because horses should consume at least 1-2% of their body weight each day in forage (hay or pasture). A 1000 lb horse will need from 1 - 3 acres to provide enough pasture to meet its total nutrient requirements. Objectives of this lesson include: learn about the different types of grasses in pastures; understand pasture management procedures; learn about manure management; develop knowledge of nutritional issues; understand different types of grazing systems; learn about plants toxic to horses; develop understanding of facilities in pastures.
Horse Reproduction and Breeding
- Foaling Mare, The, G1874
This NebGuide outlines the foaling process and appropriate actions to take during both normal and abnormal foaling.
- Foal Heat Breeding PDF (51 kb)
- "EC94-271 Understanding Mare Reproduction"
- "G96-1278 Use of Cooled Stallion Semen"
eXtension Horses Learning lessons
- HorseQuest "Equine Genetics: An Important Diagnostic Tool"
Horses have approximately 20,000 different genes. Each horse has two copies of every gene; one is received from the sire (male) and the other is received from the dam (female). The combination of genes that a horse has is referred to as its genotype. The characteristic that we see, such as coat color, is a result of the horse's genotype and we refer to these characteristics as the horse's phenotype. Some diseases are also a result of the horse's genotype. Greater than 30 genetic disorders have been characterized in the horse to date.
- "Understanding Horse Coat Color"
In Understanding Horse Coat Color the following learning objectives are addressed; learning the basic coat colors of horses; learning the characteristics of each color; identifying color patterns of horses.
Management of Foals and Young Horses
- "G95-1239 Managing to Prevent Equine Developmental Orthopedic Diseases"
- Selecting the "Right" Horse for Youth or Adults, G1540
A horse is a major responsibility. This NebGuide discusses factors to consider when buying or leasing a horse.
eXtension Horses Learning lessons
- "Selecting the Right Horse" Choosing the right horse for a particular purpose or person is a vital part of ownership success. Not all horses are appropriate for all horsemanship skill levels or activities. It is important to be able to identify the needs of those that will be handling or riding the horse to make a winning match.
- "Evaluating Your Prospective New Horse" Evaluating the quality of a horse is thought by many to be an art that is gained through experience. But understanding the basic underlining principles of conformation and how that conformation relates to a horse's quality of movement will put any new horse person at an advantage when choosing a horse. Although this lesson will teach you desirable physical characteristics of horses, you should also strongly consider the training level and experience of the horse as they relate to the intended owner.
Horse Health Care and Diseases
- Why vaccinate- the cost of a sick vs healthy horse – Some horse owners try to cut costs by minimizing what they vaccinate for. However, often the cost of vaccinating offsets the potential cost of a sick horse. Learn more what horses need to be vaccinated for, when they should be given to optimize protection, and how some could be given by owners. Presented by: Kathy Anderson, PhD, University of Nebraska Extension Horse Specialist Webcast
- Vesicular Stomatitis in Horses, G1609 Vesicular stomatitis causes blister-like lesions that when broken, cause painful ulcers. People and other mammals can contract this contagious disease from horses.
- US Rabies Cases 2008 PDF (11 kb)
General Horse Care and Management
- Winter Care for Horses, G1873 Winter horse care is described in this NebGuide: energy requirements, feeding alterations, water requirements, hair and hoof implications, and shelter needs.
- Condition Score Card for Horses PDF (140 kb)
eXtension Horses Learning lessons
- "Basic Horse Care and Management"
This Learning Lesson will teach you about horse welfare, behavior, nutrition, health and other management information. Objectives of this lesson include: Learning about the daily needs of your horse; understanding your horse's behavior; understanding the proper feeding program for your horse; learning basic health care of your horse.
- "How to Body Condition Score Horses"
What is your horse's body condition? Did you know there was a scoring system to rank your horse's physical condition? Check out our latest learning lesson about how to body condition score your horse. Learn a time-tested and accepted method to evaluate your horse's fat cover and the balance between the food he eats and the amount of energy he burns.
- "Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource (HALTER)"
Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource (HALTER) Level One provides learners with the opportunity to learn equine science material while adapting this knowledge for use in youth programs to foster positive youth development. Once you have successfully completed the lesson, and their associated requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion. Objectives of this lesson include: develop techniques for safe horse handling; learn basic horse care and management; identify and foster positive youth development using the horse as a learning tool
- "Costs of Horse Ownership"
Most hobbies or sports have associated costs of operation and participation that should be carefully evaluated. Understanding cost of ownership upfront can prepare new owners by helping them understand all the costs involved and how to the budget for their new activity.
- "Horse Ownership Considerations"
Begin by identifying your level of interest in horse ownership by first understanding the overall considerations and responsibility necessary to properly care for a horse.
- "Horse Owner Survival"
Horse Owner Survival will teach you how to be safe around horses and focuses on basic horse behavior, proper horse handling, safe attire and equipment as well as riding on the trail. http://articles.extension.org/pages/9235/horsequest-learning-lesson:-horse-owner-survival
Pest and Insect Control
- Horse Insect Control Guide, G950
This NebGuide identifies insects that bother horses and recommends treatment options.
- Nebraska Management Guide for Arthropod Pests of Livestock and Horses, EC1550
Management suggestions and labeled insecticides for treating arthropod pests of cattle, horses, sheep and goats
- Hoop Barns for Horses, Sheep, Ratites, and Multiple Utilization, AED52
One of six booklets in a series from the Midwest Plan Service, Hoop Barns for Horses, Sheep, Ratites, and Multiple Utilization, discusses hoop barns as a low-cost, efficient solution and addresses topics including equine facilities, sheep, ratites, and multiple utilization.
- Horse Facilities Handbook, MWPS60
From the Midwest Plan Service, the Horse Facilities Handbook is filled with the latest facts about site planning, design and construction of stables, paddocks, and other outdoor and indoor facilities, manure management, storage, fencing, utilities, and fire protection.
Riding and Tack
eXtension Horses Learning lessons
- "Understanding Bits for Horses"
Understanding how a bit works in the horse's mouth will help you select the most appropriate bit for the job and appreciate the craftsmanship of well balanced and constructed bits. In Understanding Bits for Horses the following learning objectives are addressed; learn how to categorize bits; learn about variation in bit construction; how to introduce training principles related to bit use.
- "Effective Horse Training and Rider Development"
A horseman must understand the basic nature of the horse and the training principles involved in a progressive teaching system that develops the various maneuvers and activities desired from the horse. Training lessons need to be simplified as much as possible so the horse can quickly develop appropriate responses. In this learning lesson, efforts will be made to explain and simplify the process of communicating with the horse in a straightforward manner.
Biosecurity for Horses
Biosecurity during Horse Events
With the Outbreak of Equine Herpevirus-1 (EHV-1) myeloencephalopathy in May, biosecurity and showing horses have been front page news. Summer months are prime time for large, organized trail rides, horse shows, sales, parades, and other events where horses congregate. One show in Utah from which horses returned to multiple states illustrates very well how rapidly horses travel and can spread disease.
Following are biosecurity measures to implement when horses are congregated at events:
- Minimize nose-to-nose contact between horses. Do not allow another horse to sniff your horse's nose "to get acquainted."
- Do not share equipment for use with other people's horses. Alternatively, if any equipment is loaned, keep it away from your horses until it is cleaned with a detergent, rinsed, and properly disinfected.
- Do not use common water troughs. Bring your own water and feed buckets.
- Avoid common-use areas such as tack stalls used to groom and tack multiple horses. If these common areas must be used, use cross ties instead on tying horses to a post, wall, or other nose-to-nose contact area.
- Halters, lead shanks, and face grooming towels should be used on one animal only and not shared between animals.
- Wash your hands or use a 62% ethyl alcohol hand gel before and after handling or riding other people's horses.
- Early detection of disease is paramount, especially contagious infectious diseases. Take horse's temperatures twice daily (morning and night) during the event and for two weeks after return to the stable.
- Quarantine horses when they return to the barn or training facility after an event.
- Clean and disinfect horse trailers before they're used by other horses.
- These precautions do involve more work, more time, and more awareness. However, it will help reduce the risk of horses being exposed to multiple viral and bacterial diseases while on the road.
- Equine Biosecurity Calculator
Equine Guelph developed the interactive tool in collaboration with Colorado State University and this educational resource is sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.
The online resource helps horse owners calculate the biosecurity risk on their farms and also provides educational feedback on ways to decrease the risk of infectious disease. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and asks owners to answer 42 questions in 10 categories about their farms and management practices. The tool then rates individual biosecurity risks in each category. Possible scores include green for go (keep doing what you're doing), yellow for caution (consider improvements), and red for stop (reassess to reduce serious risk).
- ANSC Extension Equine Biosecurity Principles ABVMA 2011 PDF (2.89 mb)
- Biosecurity - The Key to Keeping Your Horses Healthy
Miscellaneous Horse Information and Resources
Reliable on-line resources for horse owners - The internet has become a hugely sought after resource for information. However, finding reliable, research based, factual information can be a challenge. This presentation will show a variety of internet resources that have reliable information such as eXtension Horses. Presented by: Kathy Anderson, PhD, University of Nebraska Extension Horse Specialist Webinar