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University of Minnesota Extension Offers Regional Horse Owner Programs

The University of Minnesota Extension Horse Team is offering two regional horse owner education programs in early 2010. Each program offers research-based information presented by knowledgeable speakers. The programs are held on Saturdays and begin at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) and end at 4:30 p.m. The dates, locations and topics are as follows:

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Poll Recap: Hay Choices

Watch for Poisonous Weeds in Hay

Most horses cannot differentiate harmful weeds in hay from beneficial long-stemmed forage; this can result in accidental ingestion and possibly a loss in performance or even death.

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Horse Owner Education Sessions Offered by Minnesota Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension Horse Team is offering three regional horse owner education programs this fall. Each program offers researched-based information and knowledgeable speakers. The cost to attend each program is $20 per person. The dates, locations, and topics include:

Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul Oct. 3 The program begins at 9:30a.m.

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Laminitis Risk Increased by Pasture Grass Sugars

Pasture-induced laminitis (sometimes referred to as founder) can be triggered when susceptible horses ingest high amounts of sugar or fructans that are naturally found in some pasture grasses.

Susceptible horses include, but are not limited

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Minnesota Gelding Project Offers Free Castration

In an effort to reduce the number of unwanted horses in Minnesota, several equine organization are banding together to offer free equine castration for horses and owners that meet program criteria.

Organizers of the project include the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, the Minnesota Horse Council, the Animal Humane Society, and the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with the

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University of Minnesota Offers Webinars for Horse Owners

The University of Minnesota Horse Team will begin offering quarterly “Lunch and Learn” Webinars (Web-based seminars) on a variety of horse-related topics. The Webinars will be held on the third Wednesday of January, April, July, and October from

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University of Minnesota Offers Horse Owner Education Programs

The University of Minnesota Horse Team is offering three regional horse owner education programs throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin in 2009. Each program offers research-based information and knowledgeable speakers identified specificall

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Good Grazing Starts with the Soil

Good pastures start at the root–and those roots need soil. The first step to managing pasture soils is using a soil survey to identify what you have. While you can’t change the inherent properties of your soils, with understanding you can manag

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Minnesota Horse Owners Warned of Toxic Plant Issue

Due to last year’s drought and recent dry conditions in parts of Minnesota, the state’s Extension service is again warning horse owners that hoary alyssum could become a problem for their animals. Hoary alyssum is a perennial weed

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Prepare for a Reduced Hay Crop in 2008

The USDA has released several crop reports that indicate the number of hay acres will be down in 2008.

The department also reported that the existing hay supply is lower than previous years. This information, combined with higher input cost

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Keeping Horses Comfortable in Winter Temperatures

Horses prefer, and are better off, outdoors even in cold weather, and will acclimate to cold temperatures if given the opportunity, according to Marcia Hathaway, PhD, a professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota

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