Online course covers nutrition for horses

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension offers a one-evening Zoom class on horse nutrition on Dec. 3.

Proper nutrition is vital to the 85,000 head of horses and ponies owned by Missouri residents, said MU Extension agronomist Pat Miller.  As well as bringing enjoyment to its owners, Missouri’s horse industry contributes significantly to the economic health of the state, she said, through activities such as trail rides, rodeos, races, show competitions, and hunting.

Miller will cover establishment, grazing and management of forages. Extension livestock field specialist Elizabeth Pickering will focus on forage quality, hay needs and testing, and feeding strategies.

Marci Crosby, MU Equine program coordinator will give an overview of equine nutrition and strategies for grain selection.

The class begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Register at  by Dec. 1. Handouts will be e-mailed before the class. You may also contact Miller at 417-448-2560.