ISU Offers New Horse Program 24/7

ISU Offers New Horse Program 24/7
Article | Mon, 02/10/2014 | By Dale Miller
Want to learn the science of horse management on your time schedule?  Begin by visiting the Master Equine Manager website at You will find a complete program description and registration information for easy access to begin learning anytime day or night.
According to Dale Miller, State Coordinator for the Master Equine Manager program, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has responded to the educational needs of horse owners and enthusiasts. “Beginning February 1, 2014, we are offering a comprehensive educational series that addresses the science of horse management, as well as riding and training concepts,” says Miller.
Currently, there are people visiting the website and registering for the program from Iowa and neighboring states Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois. Horse owners from Connecticut and Virginia are also excited to begin learning and receive their Master Equine Manager Certificate upon program completion.
The Master Equine Manager program is designed to enhance Iowa’s broad-based horse industry.  Dr. Peggy Miller-Auwerda, ISU Extension and Outreach Horse Specialist, says “we designed the new Master Equine Manager Program to inform and educate people on quality horse care and responsible horse ownership.”
Horse owners, enthusiasts, boarding facility managers and industry employees benefit from increased knowledge and networking with others in the horse industry. The program combines focused learning opportunities with a hands-on practical evaluation. 
The learning modules and topics include:
·         Welfare of Horses:UnderstandingHorse Behavior, Facilities and Equipment, Equine Quality Assurance
·         Horse Nutrition: Forages for Horses, Feeds and Feeding
·         Horse Health: Equine Emergency Treatment, Vaccinations for Horses, Understanding Horse Parasites, and Hoof Care
·         Selection of Horses: Conformation and Evaluation, Unsoundness’s and Blemishes
Registrations are accepted from junior and senior high school students and adults with an interest in horses.  Graduates of the program will become a certified Master Equine Manager and are encouraged to share their skills and knowledge with others. Continuing Education Units are available upon request.
For more information, visit, contact Dale Miller at, (641) 842-2014 or a county Extension and Outreach office. 

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Dale Miller
State Coordinator Master Equine Manager Program
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Marion County

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