New Science-Based Program Designed to Improve Equine Well-Being


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JACKSON, Tenn. –  Tennessee is home to more than 110,000 horses, donkeys, burros, mules and ponies combined, and because each of these equines requires responsible ownership, proper nutrition, health care, management and environmental stewardship, University of Tennessee Extension and the UT Animal Science Department have launched a new educational program for equine owners. 

The Tennessee Master Horse Program (TMHP) debuted in East Tennessee last October, but is now scheduled for the convenience of West Tennessee horse enthusiasts. The course will be offered in Jackson at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at 605 Airways Blvd., beginning March 9 at 6 p.m. CST.  The course includes six 3-hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from March 9 – 28. 

The THMP is designed to provide a foundation of science-based information applicable to all horse owners and those interested in equine well-being. Using a combination of classroom discussion and hands-on teaching, the program will cover a variety of equine-related topics to equip attendees with the knowledge needed to implement best management practices and improve equine care. Topics to be covered include responsible horse ownership, equine nutrition, pasture management, equine health, waste management, equine economics and more.

“The driving force behind the TMHP is to raise the level of education and improve overall success of horse owners and producers within the state,” said Jennie Ivey, UT Extension Equine Specialist and program manager.  “Additionally, by positively impacting management practices and providing the opportunity for intellectual growth, equine producers and business owners can continue to expand this vital portion of Tennessee agriculture.” Ivey says the science-based program will provide families, youth, and communities the knowledge to generate or continue to build successful equine industry for years to come.

Each TMHP attendee will receive a minimum of 16 hours of training and a TMHP manual written by experts at UT, MTSU and additional universities, along with other incentives upon completion of the program. 

Registration is now open. Please visit the website UTHorse.com and click on the Tennessee Master Horse Program tab for more details and to register. You may also contact your local County Extension Office or Dr. Jennie Ivey at jzivey@utk.edu.

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Contact: 

Dr. Jennie Ivey, UT Department of Animal Science, jzivey@utk.edu