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Horse Management Seminar Offered by Rutgers University


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Horse owners, farm managers and veterinarians will gather on Saturday, February 11, 2006, to hear presentations and discuss the important issues connected with breeding, foaling and raising horses at the annual Horse Management Seminar on the Cook College campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick. Sponsors are the Equine Science Center, the New Jersey Horse Council, Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension and the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE). It is open to the public and is especially geared toward individuals who are considering breeding their horses or getting involved in foaling or foal management.


“This is the first time in many years in New Jersey that experts in the field of breeding and foal management have been brought together for such an intensive one-day educational workshop,” says Dr. Carey Williams, extension specialist in horse management at Rutgers. “With breeding as one of the key activities sanctioned by the proposed right-to-farm regulations, we felt that the subject was exceptionally timely for people possibly considering adding that activity to their horse operation. We have tapped some of the most highly regarded experts in this area to make presentations and answer questions,” she added.


Topics to be addressed at the seminar include the following:


        Economics of Breeding Your Own Horse, presented by Dr. Gail Hoff-Carmona, director of Los Alamos Dressage Center in Freehold, NJ, a dressage medalist and a well-known breeder of Arabians and Swedish Warmbloods

        Breeding Options: Natural Cover to Artificial Insemination, with Dr. Dean Neeley, co-owner of Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, NJ, an expert in equine reproduction with credentials in academic circles as well as a veterinary practitioner


        Broodmare and Foal Health Issues, featuring Dr. David Marshall, assistant professor and equine extension veterinarian at the University of Delaware, who teaches courses in equine science, pregnancy and foal physiology, and mare and stallion reproduction


        Broodmare Nutrition, taught by Dr. Williams, who was a Pratt Fellow in Equine Nutrition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is the organizer of the annual Horse Management Seminar


        Getting Ready for Foaling, presented by Dr. Dan Keenan, co-owner of Keenan-McAlister Equine in Bordentown, NJ, a widely known expert in reproduction, lameness and wellness care and a popular presenter


        Management of Foals – Nutrition to Weaning, with Dr. Sarah Ralston, associate professor with Rutgers’ Cook College and founder of the Young Horse Teaching and Research Program at Cook College.


In addition to the educational presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, door prizes, networking opportunities and ample time for one-on-one discussions. For veterinarians, six continuing education credits have been applied for through the Registry of Approved Continuing Education of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.


Advance registrations for the day-long event will be taken by OCPE until noon on February 8, 2006; the cost is $60 for adults and $35 for students. A registration form, which can be faxed to OCPE at (732) 932-8726, is available on the Equine Science Center website at Online registration can be accessed at A $15 additional fee will be charged for those registering after February 8 or at the door of the event. And a box lunch can be ordered for a nominal additional charge.


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