Peggy Miller-Auwerda, Faculty, Animal Science
In Iowa there are 200,000 horses and 47,000 horse owners. The Master Equine Manager program teaches the science of horse management along with riding and training concepts. The program has traditionally been offered as face-to face sessions. A need for a program where individuals could participate via the Internet was needed.
Five 2-hour sessions were presented using Adobe Connect. Participants also attended a two-day hands-on skill development session at Iowa State University. On-line courses consisted of Nutrition and Feeding, Pasture Management, Health Care, Selection and Evaluation, Hoof Care and Exercise and Conditioning. On campus activities included feeds and feedstuffs, introduction to ration balancing, forage and feed selection, visual and physical evaluation of a horse's health, how to administer vaccines and deworm horses, first-aid, hoof maintenance and a farrier demonstration. Participants also visited stables in Story counties where the owners or employees discussed facility design and conditioning horses.
Class participants were able to network, visit and learn from ISU faculty and professionals in the equine industry regarding horse care and facility management. All participants were very satisfied with the on-line and two-day in-person method of presenting the material. Participants management skills increased and their knowledge about horses and care increased. In addition, comments included that they believed they had become a better horse person that will allow them to help 4-Hers with horses and to provide horses with a higher quality of live.
120 Farm and Business Management
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