Horse Sense Workshop set Feb. 25 in Topeka
A Horse Sense Workshop is set for the Topeka Roundup Club, Topeka, Kan., Feb. 25, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Topeka Roundup Club is located at 7843 SW 37th Street, Topeka. 1/2 mile east of Auburn Road on 37th.
Raising pleasure horses on small acreages present many challenges to responsible horse care as well as to natural resources like soil, water and plants. The Horse Sense Workshop will provide an overview and practical suggestions for balancing the needs of horses with productivity and protection of the land. Specific topics to be addressed include: Horse needs; Improving health and vigor; Group dynamics; Exercise options, boarding; Manure management; Composting horse manure; Emergency planning; Providing durable forage; Rotational grazing systems; Plant/weed identification; Weed control strategies; Soil fertility and plant nutrition; Top 10 pasture questions; and Poisonous plants.
Information provided is aimed at horse owners to promote good horse husbandry for natural resource stewardship.
Program agenda is:
6 p.m., Sign-in, Welcome, Meal - Judy Boltman, manager, Shawnee County Conservation District.
6:30 p.m., Exercise and Understanding - Cindy Branham, trainer, R&D Ranch LLC, Topeka, Kan.
7 p.m., Requirements & Health, Ed Kester, DVM, Kester's Animal Clinic, Topeka, Kan.
7:30 p.m., Emergency & Manure, Vicki Hamilton, animal control supervisor, Shawnee County Sheriff; Leroy Russell, agriculture agent, KSU Extension; Ken Powell, KDHE Bureau of Waste Management, Topeka, Kan.
8 p.m., Pasture Considerations, Tim Miller, rangeland specialist, USDA National Resources Conservation Service, Lawrence, Kan.
The event is free of charge, but RSVP is required by Feb. 18 for the free meal. For more information contact the Shawnee County Conservation District, 3232 SW Van Buren Street, Suite 2, Topeka, KS 66611; 785-267-5721, ext. 3; email@example.com.
The Horse Sense Workshop is sponsored by Shawnee County Conservation District in cooperation with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and K-State Research and Extension, Shawnee County. Special thanks is expressed to the Topeka Roundup Club for use of their facility for the workshop. Thank you to Premier Farm and Home for providing the meal.