Horse workshops to cover breeding, driving, forage production

February 7, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Extension and Historic Prophetstown will jointly sponsor workshops throughout the year for those interested in learning more about horse breeding, driving and forage production.

Three horse reproduction clinics will be offered at the RX Acres Belgians breeding farm in Brookston.

The clinics will be Feb. 18 and 19, March 4 and 5, and March 12 and 13. The clinics will cover topics such as horse health, reproductive anatomy, and stallion and mare management. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as stallion collection, mare palpation and ultrasound procedures. Meals will be provided.

"These experiences, combined with informative educational lectures and discussions, will provide learning to the horse industry that neither of these organizations can completely provide on their own," said Purdue horse Extension specialist Mark Russell. "By combining the resources of these two horse educational resources, we hope to support and encourage better horse breeding and management in the draft horse industry and the horse industry broadly."

Historic Prophetstown also will offer horse driving workshops, a horse forage clinic and an advanced horse driving workshop.

The horse driving workshops will be May 7 and 8 and Sept. 3 and 4 in Historic Prophetstown in Battle Ground. Participants, whether beginners or experienced, will learn how to drive a team of Belgian draft horses in a farm setting.

A horse forage clinic will be July 30 and 31. Participants must have advanced driving skills to attend. Attendees will learn how to harvest hay efficiently, use the latest horse hay equipment and learn how to make hay without crimping it.

The advanced horse driving workshop will be Oct. 22 and 23 and will cover topics such as farming techniques and equipment. Participants are expected to know how to harness, hitch to a machine and be comfortable with basic driving commands.

Cost to attend one workshop is $300 per person and $250 for Historic Prophetstown members. Class sizes are limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register, visit  or contact Melissa Brown at, 765-479-0367. 

Writer: Erica Sullivan, 765-494-8402,

Source: Mark Russell, 765-494-6875,

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