‘Horse Care 101’ Program To Highlight Equine Winterization

Arguing with the calendar, winter weather is already here, but everybody doesn’t have their horses ready for the shivering cold.

So, the Kansas Horse Council (KHC) is hosting the “Horse Care 101,” season appropriate: “Winterizing Your Horse.”

Winter care of horses will be topic of discussion at the “Horse Care 101” program in Manhattan November 23rd.

That’s according to Justine Staten, KHC executive director, who’s developed the eighth annual program set for Saturday, November 23rd.

It’ll be in Moser Hall at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1800 Denison Avenue, Manhattan.

Registration begins at 7:30, with the welcome right before the first speaker at 8 o’clock. “We have a great and fun lineup,” Staten promised.

Brian Herrin and Chris Blevins, Kansas State University (KSU) veterinarians, will review “Practical Approaches to Parasite Control”  and “Winter Water Access,” respectively.

“Feeding for Warmth: Nutrition during the Winter” is topic of discussion by James Lattimer, KSU equine professor. From the vet school, Dr. Laurie Beard will talk about important vaccinations for horses during the winter.

Ron McDaniel, equine specialist for Merck Animal Health, will have a lighter hearted presentation with horse stories and antics.

“Then it’s dinner time,” Staten informed. “Expect a yummy baked potato bar with topping selections and a little commercial break to thank our participating sponsors.

“There’ll be a drawing for door prizes to ensure everybody sits tight,” Staten added.

“The afternoon sessions offer more experiential learning, where you’ll see some equine parasites up close,” Staten cringed promise.

“Weird & Wonderful” is title for Dr. Brian Herrin’s sharing in depth knowledge to help with horse management choices.

Alan Gatto of Kensington Products is to discuss horse blankets seemingly a simple thing yet actually quite a complex subject. “Alan has more than 40 years of experience and will be providing details about different fiber fineness options. He’ll review various styles available for appropriate coverage and how to measure correctly for the best fit.

“Alan is retired but loves this topic so much that he continues to share his knowledge,” Staten added.

Professor Lattimer will return to the podium to review various and essential feedstuffs in the equine diet.

Final speaker is Rhonda Levinson, equine attorney with Perry & Trent, to present updates on Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandates.

Advance signup is urged for meal reservations, but onsite registration is still an option.

Details are at www.kansashorsecouncil.com, or by calling 785-776-0662.

Annual meeting of the Kansas Horse Council will follow at 4:30, in the nearby Stanley Stout Center, 2200 Denison Drive. “This is a free event including supper but you have to register in advance to assure meal availability,” Staten insisted.