Back to school webinar series for horse owners: Nutrition for horses

Free webcast series discusses the what, when, how and why of feeding your horse.

School is back in session, and morning shows and blogs are full of ideas for packing a healthy school lunch that will give kids the energy they need for the day.  Horses, too, have specific nutritional requirements and require a carefully planned feeding strategy. Join My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest for a free live webcast series on equine nutrition and get expert advice on the what, when, how and why of feeding your horse.

The series will kick off on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. EDT with a live presentation from Dr. Carey Williams, the Equine Extension Specialist at Rutgers University. Digestive Anatomy: Why We Feed Horses the Way We Do, will give participants a tour through the horse's digestive tract, learning about the uniquenesses and problems that could occur throughout.  Watch this short video to find out more.


On Oct. 23, Dr. Holly Spooner will continue the series with a presentation on Protein Requirements for Horses, and Dr. Dennis Sigler of Texas A&M University will complete the series with Equine Energetics on Nov. 27. Sigler’s presentation will help participants understand a horse’s calorie needs, how dietary energy is used and stored, and how these are connected to a horse’s performance.  Both webcasts will be at 7 p.m. ET.

Participants can register online for the webcasts. For those who are unable to attend the live presentations, webcasts are also recorded and available for viewing online at no cost. Other resources offered by My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest include a free monthly e-newsletter and social networks on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

My Horse University is a national online horse management program for horse enthusiasts. It’s based at MSU, one of the top U.S. universities in equine science and management. Founded by the MSU Department of Animal Science, MSU Extension andMSU Global, this program offers equine education courses and resources that can be tailored to achieve horse management goals. For more information, visit the My Horse University website.

eXtension HorseQuest is an interactive learning environment delivering the most-researched knowledge from land-grant universities across America. eXtension connects people who need information with those who can best provide it — experts who know their subject matter inside and out. Get online answers your equine-related questions, locate horse events in your area, watch instructional videos, take short courses and participate in webcasts with equine experts across the nation.

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