UT Extension Schedules Equine Educational Events

The events, covering a variety of topics, will take place around Tennessee throughout September and October.

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Horse owners, enthusiasts, and industry members are invited to register for educational opportunities in September and October, including the Tennessee Master Horse Program, Horse Management Field Days, Lower Middle Tennessee Horse College, and University of Tennessee (UT) Horse Judging Contest. Opportunities to participate are open throughout the state and span across ages, knowledge levels, and equine management topics.

These events are presented through the combined efforts of faculty and staff with UT Extension and the UT Department of Animal Science.

The Tennessee Master Horse Program (TMHP) is an educational program designed to provide science-based information on nutrition, health, management, and care to all equine owners and those interested in equine well-being. Through a combination of classroom learning, hands-on activities, and real-life application the TMHP is designed to deliver information owners can implement to achieve best management practices and improve equine care. A TMHP course is being offered by extension agents from Blount, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, and Monroe counties and is open for all to register, even if participants reside outside of these counties. The program consists of educational presentations and activities on the evenings of Sept. 12 (6-9 p.m.), Sept. 14 (4-8 p.m.), Sept. 19 (6-9 p.m.), Sept. 21 (6-9 p.m.), Sept. 26 (6-9 p.m.), and Sept. 28 (6-9 p.m.) across the Sweetwater, Knoxville, Alcoa, and Athens area. Registration is $175 per participant and covers educational materials, meals and incentives upon completion of the course. For more information or to register, contact your local county extension office or visit UTHorse.com.

Ever wonder how to get rid of weeds in your horse pasture, what plants might be problematic to your horse, or how to determine what nutrients are provided to your horse from forages? Come to the Horse Management Field Days to get the answers to these questions, and many more. Field days are being offered from 4-8 p.m., local time, in the Eastern Region on Sept. 14 at the JARTU Facility in Knoxville; Central Region on Sept. 21 at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill; and Western Region on Sept. 28 at Lone Oaks Farm in Middleton. The events are free to attend and include dinner. Please RSVP for meal planning purposes to jzivey@utk.edu or call 865/974-7286

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