Master Equine Manager One Program

Peggy M. Auwerda, Faculty, Animal Science Department

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Master Equine Manager One Program

In Iowa there are 200,000 horses and 47,000 horse owners. Horse owners consist of first time owners to individuals who have owned horses for many years. The owner’s knowledge of horses is diverse, and many do not have agricultural backgrounds.  They need unbiased, research-based information in understanding behavior, health care, feeding horses, hoof care and facility management so they are better able to provide effective and economic equine care.


Six 2-hour sessions were presented online to twenty-five horse owners. On-line courses consisted of Nutrition and Feeding, Pasture Management, Health Care, Selection and Evaluation, Hoof Care and Horse Behavior. The same participants attended a two-day hands-on skill development session at Iowa State University. On campus activities included feeds and feedstuffs, forage and feed selection, visual and physical evaluation of a horse's health, how to administer vaccines and deworm horses, first-aid, equine selection, hoof maintenance and a farrier demonstration. Participants also visited stables in Story County where the owners or employees discussed facility design.

Outcome Statement:   
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 stated they learned when to fertilize pastures, how to recognize parasite resistance, identify pasture grasses, and how to design stalls more efficiently. Overall, 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 life.

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