Equine Extension

Horse Racing Industry In Iowa Is Stronger Than Ever Before

The horse industry in Iowa is growing faster than ever before. From activities surrounding horse breeding, showing, racing, housing, training, riding and care, it employs more than 2,100 people and accounts for millions in revenue each year. The economic impact from horse breeding and owning is doing much to support our state’s ag-centric economy, and we need you to play an important part in making this message heard.

AAEP Vaccination Guidelines for Horses

Vaccination guidelines intended to be a reference for veterinarians who utilize vaccines in their respective practices. They are neither regulations nor directives and should not be interpreted as such. It is the responsibility of attending veterinarians, through an appropriate veterinarian-client-patient relationship, to utilize relevant information coupled with product availability to determine optimal health care programs for their patients.

The Body Condition Score

The body condition of horses based on the degree of fat cover is a good indicator of a horse’s general health. The body condition score (BCS) allows one to access if the horse is too thin, too fat, or about right. Horses are scored on a scale from 1 (poor) to 9 (extremely fat)


Agriculture and Natural Resources | ISU Extension and Outreach

Agriculture is important to Iowa. We grow crops and raise livestock to feed our nation and beyond. Much
 of Iowa’s economy thrives on our rich agricultural heritage and ANR Extension and Outreach plays an
 important role in providing research-based information and resources to educate Iowa’s farmers, producers
 and agribusinesses. Our programs impact all Iowans, whether they live in a rural or urban area, and have
 been developed to improve our quality of life.

Feeding the Senior Horse

When is a horse considered “aged” or a “senior” with respect to nutrition? At 15? At 20?  Many nutritional studies conducted on older horses have arbitrarily used 20 years of age as the threshold for “aged” or “senior” The NRC 2007 suggests three ways in which “old age” can be defined, which are listed below.  

The Physiology of a Champion Driver: Form to Function

It is undoubtedly proven in the equine industry that there is a strong relationship between form and function, that is, conformation highly influences performance. Any reputable member of the equine industry, especially the show pony industry, should be able to clarify what they seek in a driving horse. Much like any other industry, there is no “one size fits all” conformation that allows the equine to perform competitively in every discipline. This paper will take a brief look at the desired characteristics of conformation that may be wise to consider when evaluating a driving prospect and the basic differences in conformation between western country pleasure, country pleasure, and pleasure driving divisions in classic Shetlands.