Extension hay day will help horse owners produce better hay

July 3, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Horse owners can learn about forage nutritional requirements, hay quality and how to make hay using horse-drawn equipment at an Extension hay day July 27.

The one-day workshop will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Historic Prophetstown, 3549 Prophetstown Trail, West Lafayette.

"Horse owners and hay producers will learn how to select and make good quality hay that is appropriate to feed their horses," said Mark Russell, Purdue Extension equine specialist.

The day will start with a discussion about horse nutritional requirements based on body condition scores, activity and life cycle.

"The majority of nutrients fed to horses should be in hay and forages," Russell said. "The health of the horse depends on the presence of nutrients in appropriate ratios, which are largely dependent on the quality of hay produced."

Russell will lead a talk in the field about hay qualities and how horses use different cuttings and plant species. Dris Abraham, chief operating officer of Historic Prophetstown and owner of RX Acres Belgians, will demonstrate hay cutting, raking and baling using horse-drawn equipment.

Horse feeding and health complications when feeding lower quality forages will be discussed over lunch. The workshop is $40 per person, which includes an informational packet, handouts and lunch.

Participants can download the registration form at http://prophetstown.org/clinicsworkshops.html

Individuals with advanced horse driving skills who are interested in a more hands-on learning experience can attend the Forage Clinic on July 26-28 at Historic Prophetstown. The clinic is $300 per person or $250 per person for members of Historic Prophetstown, and the Extension hay day workshop is included in the fee.

Writer: Amanda Gee, 765-494-8402, agee@purdue.edu

Source: Mark Russell, 765-494-7677, mrussell@purdue.edu

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