Knowing general information about horse welfare, behavior, nutrition, health and regulations is essential to keeping your horse happy and healthy. This learning module gives an overview of the care and management of horses, with information ranging from daily health checks to management & control of diseases and parasites.

For more information contact Colleen Brady, Purdue, bradyc@purdue.eduFor technical assistance email campushelp@extension.org

Bluebonnet Feeds Equine Nutrition Dealers Certificate Course is offered from the HorseQuest CoP for Bluebonnet Feed Dealers to learn the basics of equine nutrition.

For more information please contact Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, at  kanderson1@unl.edu.

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Curso de Cuidado y Manejo del Caballo para Vaqueros y Procesadores - Versión en Español es ofrecido por la Corporación HorseQuest para el público en general, productores de ganado de engorda y empleados que aprenderán cómo manejar con seguridad los caballos (horses) cuando se trabaja en los corrales de alimentación (feedlot), así como también el cuidado y manejo básica del caballo.

Para obtener más información o para inscribirse contacte a Kathy Anderson, en la Universidad de Nebraska-Lincoln, a la dirección de correo electrónico: kanderson1@unl.edu 

Para asistencia técnica por favor contacte campushelp@extension.org

Este curso requiere una cuota de inscripción de $25. Una vez pagada la cuota de inscripción, recibirá un correo electrónico con la clave de acceso.

Por favor, vaya a: Pen Rider and Processors Horse Safety and Care Certification Course (http://marketplace.unl.edu/extension/programs/feedlot-horse.html) para registrarse.

In this section on training, efforts will be made to explain and simplify the process of developing a relationship with the horse where communication is simple and straightforward for both the horse and rider.

For more information contact Colleen Brady, Purdue, bradyc@purdue.eduFor technical assistance email campushelp@extension.org

Equine Genetics: An Important Diagnostic Tool is a self directed course designed for horse owners and enthusiasts. Participants will gain basic information on equine genetics and genetic diseases commonly found in horses from taking this course. For more information contact Nichol Schultz, University of Minnesota, at mccar556@umn.edu.

Equine Herpes Virus provides the participants the opportunity to learn the different ways the EHV-1 virus is expressed in horses, and know how to prevent and treat the disease. This course offers a badge and is one of several available in the HorseQuest Badge Portfolio. This course includes a video, a learning lesson, and a quiz.

Equine Metabolic Syndrome is a self directed course designed for horse owners and industry professionals. Participants will learn basic information about Equine Metabolic Syndrome including risk factors, diagnosis, and management options. For more information contact Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota, at Krishona@umn.edu

Why is good pasture important to horses? Well, because horses should consume at least 1-2% of their body weight each day in forage (hay or pasture). A 1000 lb horse will need from 2 - 3 acres to provide enough pasture to meet its total nutrient requirements.

What is your horse's body condition? Did you know there was a scoring system to rank your horse's physical condition? Check out our latest learning lesson about how to body condition score your horse. Learn a time-tested and accepted method to evaluate your horse's fat cover and the balance between the food he eats and the amount of energy he burns.

For more information contact Colleen Brady, Purdue, bradyc@purdue.eduFor technical assistance email campushelp@extension.org

Welcome to the Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource (HALTER) Program! This progressive series of lessons is designed to offer equine science information, student activities, and techniques to foster positive youth development.

Welcome to HALTER Level Two! This is a self-directed course designed for adults working with youth. This course builds upon the first level of the HALTER program. Participants will gain equine science information, student activities, and methods to promote postive youth development from taking this course.
The Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource Program Level Three module is a self-directed course designed for adults working with youth and horses who have completed levels one and two of the program. Participants will gain equine science information, student activities, and techniques to promote positive youth development from taking this course. For more information contact Karen Waite, Michigan State University, at kwaite@msu.edu.
The Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource Program Level Four module is a self-directed course designed for adults working with youth and horses who have completed the first three levels of the HALTER program. Participants will gain equine science information, student activities, and techniques to promote positive youth development from taking this course. For more information contact Karen Waite, Michigan State University, at kwaite@msu.edu.

This course is designed to teach the basic colors and markings of horses. Colors and markings are an important way to identify horses, so it is important that all horse owners understand the terms used to describe horses.

For more information contact Colleen Brady, Purdue, bradyc@purdue.eduFor technical assistance email campushelp@extension.org

Good quality hay can provide ample nutrients to meet the needs of most horses. There is no right or wrong hay to feed your horse. As a horse owner, you must evaluate your individual horse's needs and determine the type of hay and feeding strategies that fit your feeding program. This module is designed to give you the knowledge to make these decisions.

Horse Owner Survival will teach you how to be safe around horses. It focuses on basic horse behavior, proper horse handling, safe attire and equipment and safe riding on the trail.

Horse's Best Chance During Disasters provides participants the opportunity to learn what they need to do to give their horse the best chance of surviving a natural disaster. The lesson includes how to prepare the horses, the facility, and yourself to minimize the potential for tragedy.This course offers a badge and is one of several available in the HorseQuest Badge Portfolio. This course includes a video, a learning lesson, and a quiz.

For more information contact Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, kanderson1@unl.edu

For technical assistance please contact campushelp@extension.org

HorseXploration is a self-directed learning lesson designed for youth age 12 and over as well as adult horse leaders. This course will allow youth to become part of a horse program regardless of if the own a horse, where they reside, or if they have any existing horse knowledge. This learning lesson housed on eXtension will provide youth with up to date horse information, the ability to link to other online resources as well as access the lesson at any time. Youth will learn about horse breeds, anatomy, health, nutrition, behavior,management, training,and equipment. Furthermore activities will be incorporated which may include horse farm visits, attending horse shows or other activities, interviews with equine professionals and will have information on potential careers and future opportunities.
For more information contact Kathy Anderson at kanderson1@unl.edu or Jessie Bauman jbauman4@unlnotes.unl.edu.
Are you interested in horses? Do you want to know about all the activities available to you and your horse? Check out this learning lesson to find out more about different breeds of horses, types of horse activities and how to have fun with your horse.

This course is designed for horse owners and professionals who will learn methods for determining whether your horse is over- or under-weight, the implications of both conditions, and how to safely bring your horse to its ideal weight. The content is self-paced. 

Manure Management Strategies provide the participants the opportunity to learn the importance manure management to minimize the environmental impact of the waste. Composting, and other scientifically proven strategies are discussed.The participants will be able to identify the water quality concerns in regards to manure management, recognize the worst and best manure management practices and describe composting practices and benefits. This course offers a badge and is one of several available in the HorseQuest Badge Portfolio. This course includes a video, a learning lesson, and a quiz.

For more information contact Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, kanderson1@unl.edu

For technical assistance please contact campushelp@extension.org

In this course you will work on your own to watch videos then take a following quiz. At the completion of the course you will receive a certificate of completion. This level is designed for riders who have little or no experience around horses. 

For more information contact lena.luck@unl.edu

Owning a horse can be an enjoyable experience and many factors enter into this initial decision. There are many considerations and obligation of ownership. Included are such concerns as what horse activities or horse related activities are in your area, determining your real interest in horses, alternatives to owning a horse, how to decide what kind of horse to buy, horse management practices and costs and the benefits you and your family can gain from owning a horse. If you have any questions please contact Craig Wood, craig.wood@eXtension.org.

Pasture Associated Laminitis Prevention Strategies provides participants the opportunity to learn about the physiology, causes and prevention of laminitis. Participants will be able to describe the physiological changes in the hoof that occur with laminitis, describe the symptoms of laminitis that result from those physiological changes, list what conditions increase risk for laminitis and explain how to manage grazing and pastures to reduce laminitis risk. This course offers a badge and is one of several available in the HorseQuest Badge Portfolio. This course includes a video, a learning lesson, and a quiz.

For more information contact Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, kanderson1@unl.edu

For technical assistance please contact campushelp@extension.org

Preparing to be a Professional Horse Show Judge is a self directed course that will teach adults how to prepare to be a professional horse show judge.

The course fee is $20. To purchase and enroll in this course, please click Buy/Enroll below.

For more information about the course please contact Kathleen Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension, kanderson1@unl.edu


Sales Fraud in the Horse Industry provides participants the opportunity to learn  how to protect themselves both as buyers, and as sellers, of horses from potential fraud. They will be able to discuss the different ways that horse sellers can help prevent legal disputes, examine the different tips to look for when buying a horse, identify how horse buyers can avoid legal disputes, assess the importance of a written sales agreement and determine what the true aspect of fraud is in a horse sale.This course offers a badge and is one of several available in the HorseQuest Badge Portfolio. This course includes a video, a learning lesson, and a quiz.

For more information contact Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, kanderson1@unl.edu

For technical assistance please contact campushelp@extension.org

Second Chances for Horses provides participants the opportunity to learn the unique challenges that accompany the adoption of second career horses. Including how to select an adoption facility, and common behavioral and physical considerations for second career horses. This course offers a badge and is one of several available in the HorseQuest Badge Portfolio. This course includes a video, a learning lesson, and a quiz.

For more information contact Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, kanderson1@unl.edu

For technical assistance please contact campushelp@extension.org

Stock Horse Training A to Z is 12-part video series is designed to be a self-tutorial learning experience to give older youth and adults, who are experienced at basic riding and horse handling, a step-by-step guide to the training of western performance horses.

To enroll or get more information about the content or curriculum materials, contact: Dr. Sigler at dsigler@tamu.edu with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

If you have technical difficulties accessing resources in the course, contact: campushelp@extension.org

 

The purpose of this course is to assist horse judging team coaches and judging team members in their quest to become more knowledgeable and more skilled judges. Topics include: Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Horsemanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Reining, Western Riding, and Trail. Over 100 archived videos are available in this course, and new videos will be added as they become available.

For more information contact jennifer.zoller@tamu.edu


Understanding how a bit works in the horse's mouth will help you select the most appropriate bit for the job and appreciate the craftsmanship of well balanced and constructed bits.