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February 6, 2014

Annual Horseman's Forum set for Saturday (Feb. 8) at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine's annual Horseman's Forum, a program designed to help educate the equine industry about current horse health issues, will be Saturday (Feb. 8) at Lynn Hall.

While veterinary medicine professionals are welcome at the forum, it is geared toward those who own, handle and train horses, said Kevin Doerr, director of communications and public affairs for the college.

"Outreach to the equine industry, particularly since there are now two horse racing tracks in Indiana, is an important part of the college's mission," Doerr said. "And this is always a popular event among the many horse owners and trainers throughout the state. We have 200 people registered to attend."

Topics to be covered this year include bandaging horses, saddle-fitting basics, feeding the senior horse, and foot diseases and hoof care.

"The forum is an important source of information for Indiana's equine industry, which contributes $2 billion to the state economy," Doerr said. "That includes more than half from the racehorse industry alone, according to a Purdue survey conducted in 2011."

For more information, visit http://vet.purdue.edu/ce/workshops.php - horseman

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu 

Source: Kevin Doerr, 765-494-8216, doerrkr@purdue.edu