Master Equine Manager Training Begins Oct. 6, Enroll Now



AMES, Iowa --- Horse enthusiasts who are interested in learning more about equine science, care and training, and who are willing to share their knowledge and skills with others can enroll now for Master Equine Manager, Level One. This program, which consists of six Internet training sessions and a two-day interactive training session in Ames, begins Oct. 6.

“There has been a tremendous expansion in the horse industry in recent years. Along with that comes an increasing number of people interested in learning skills associated with equine care and management,” said Peggy M. Auwerda, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach equine specialist. “The Master Equine Manager program is one way Iowa State University Extension can reach greater numbers of people with science-based education by thoroughly training a few.”

Auwerda said Master Equine Manager, first held in 2005, was inspired by ISU Extension’s Master Gardener program. Like Master Gardeners, Master Equine Managers must be willing to give back to their communities – in this case, demonstrate horse skills and knowledge by conducting training clinics and workshops, assisting with horse events or advising local citizens on horse care and management.

The two-hour sessions will be presented via Adobe Connect, a real-time virtual classroom, on six consecutive Thursday nights beginning Oct. 6. The two-day interactive session will be held on Nov. 11-12 at Iowa State University in Ames. The six core areas covered during the online and face-to-face sessions are: behavior, nutrition and feeding, facilities and equipment, health care, selection and evaluation, and hoof care. For more details about the topics covered, visit the Master Equine Managers, Level One website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/MasterEquine/mem1.

In addition to attending all training sessions, participants must complete the Equine Quality-Care Assurance (EQA) test to become Master Equine Manager certified. The EQA test is administered during the course.

Enrollment will be limited to the first 20 people to register and pay enrollment fees. Online and print registration forms are available at http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/equine/register.html. The program fee of $295 includes print and online materials. For more information contact Auwerda at 515-294-5260 or peggy@iastate.edu.