UD Equine Seminar Series Set for the Delaware Horse Expo

March 4, 2013 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

The 2013 Delaware Horse Expo will be held this year on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware. As part of the Delaware Horse Expo, the University of Delaware will be hosting the “UD Equine Seminar Series” with speakers scheduled for both days of the event.

Topics will include equine nutrition, spring horse health, care and management of retired racehorses and more.

The speakers include:

Saturday – April 6

11:00 a.m., Dr. Nettie Liburt, Equine Specialist, Kent Nutrition Group – “Selecting the Right Feed for Your Horse.”

12:00 p.m., Dr. Carey Williams, Associate Professor and Equine Extension Specialist, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – “Supplements: Choosing them Wisely.”

2:15 p.m., Delmarva Equine Clinic – “Spring Horse Health Care.”

3:15 p.m., Dr. Carissa Wickens, Assistant Professor and Equine Extension Specialist, University of Delaware – “What We Know About Stereotypic Behavior in Horses.”

Sunday – April 7

11:00 a.m., Erin Pittman, Board Member, Retired Racehorse Training Project, Business Manager, Dodon Farm – “Care and Feeding of the Retired Racehorse.”

12:00 p.m., Wendy Lippincott, Dusty Chaps Farm, Co-owner and Instructor  – “Backyard Horse- keeping, is it Doable or Should I Board?”

2:00 p.m., Steuart Pittman, President, Retired Racehorse Training Project with New Bolton Center clinician – “Lameness Issues in the Thoroughbred Racehorse and Therapies to Resolve Unsoundness.”

3:00 p.m., Mary Bashtarz, BALANCE Registered Test Ride Facilitator  – “Horse Friendly Saddle Features.”

The UD Equine Seminar Series is a collaborative effort between UD, the Delaware Equine Council, and Chick’s Saddlery.

For more information on the Delaware Horse Expo, visit the Delaware Horse Expo website.


Free Webcast Offered on Stereotypic Behaviors in Horses

January 14, 2013 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Carissa Wickens, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences and equine extension specialist, will present a free webcast at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, January 22, focusing on equine behavior titled, “Is it Coping or is it a Vice? A Review of Cribbing, Weaving and Other Stereotypic Behaviors.”

The presentation will highlight recent research findings related to stereotypic behaviors in horses and will stress the importance of understanding why horses develop these behaviors.

Those wishing to watch the presentation will need to visit My Horse University to register. If it is your first time registering for a My Horse University webcast, you will need to create an account at this link.

My Horse University in partnership with eXtension Horses hosts multiple equine focused webcasts September through May. Presentations are delivered by national equine experts on a variety of topics including nutrition, behavior, genetics, health, conformation and selection, equine business management, and farm safety, just to name a few. Please click here for more information on upcoming and archived webcasts offered through My Horse University.