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Horse short course set for Midland

By Steve Byrns, s-byrns@tamu.edu

MIDLAND - Whether you're a roper, a pleasure rider or enjoy some other aspect of horsemanship, the Permian Basin Horse Short Course set for Saturday, May 16, in Midland will have topics of interest for everyone, organizers said.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the event beginning with registration at 8:30 am at the Midland Horseshoe Arena, 2514 Arena Trail.
"This is the first time in years we've offered a regional horse program of this magnitude," said Marvin Ensor, AgriLife Extension regional planning leader at San Angelo. "Horses are not only an integral part of our culture, they are also a serious business and recreational outlet for many Texans. This short course has been planned to meet the needs of those seeking the most up-to-date information on horse health, feeding, pasture management and a number of other topics."
Ensor said the educational event will go beyond the typical program by pinpointing the latest developments in traveling horse care, what a pre-purchase exam should tell you, and selection and fitting of western tack. He added that many of the topics will accompany live demonstrations with plenty of hands-on and speaker interaction time scheduled.
Individual preregistration is $20 by May 12 and $30 thereafter and at the door. Participants may also register online at http://agrilife.org/westresults/registration/.
To RSVP, call Nanette Johnson at 325-653-4576, ext. 216.
Other topics will include exercise and conditioning for the "weekend warrior's" mount, aspects of colic, pasture management, safely introducing horses to an established herd, the importance of body conditioning scores, horse and rider safety demonstrations and the basic psychology of teaching horses advanced performance maneuvers.