Extension Offers Online Equine Courses

The University of Minnesota Extension Horse Program is offering three six-week, semi self-paced, online certificate courses starting in January 2018. Courses and all related actives are held completely online. The courses are:

· Basic Horse Nutrition
· Growing and Feeding Horse Hay
· Horse Pasture Establishment and Management

The basic horse nutrition course will focus on developing an understanding of how the anatomy and physiology of the horse's gastrointestinal (GI) tract interacts with the use of feedstuffs and the horse's nutritional requirements. Topics will include the horse GI tract, feeding behavior, key nutrients, types of feedstuffs, reading a feed tag, and feeding young, adult, aged, performance and diseased horses. To register for this course, click here.

The growing and feeding horse hay course will focus on feeding and managing horse hay in the upper Midwest. Topics include hay field establishment and management, harvesting and storing high quality hay, submitting and interpreting an equine hay analysis, tips on buying and selling hay, hay options for diseased horses, and hay feeding and estimating hay needs. To register for this course, click here.

The horse pasture establishment and management course will focus on establishing and managing pastures in the upper Midwest. Topics will include pasture layout and design, pasture establishment, pasture management, estimating pasture intake, managing diseased horses on pasture, and pasture resources and research update. To register for this course, click here.

All courses start the week of January 8 and end the week of February 12. The cost for each course is $75 and online registration is required by 11:59 p.m. on January 7. To earn a certificate in each course, participants must earn ≥70% on three 10-point multiple choice quizzes and participate in three course discussions. If a certificate is not wanted, participants do not have to complete quizzes or course discussions. Courses are recommended for adult learners (but are open to everyone) and will not result in college credit.

For more information, contact Krishona Martinson at krishona@umn.edu or 612-625-6776.