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NEW PROGRAM OFFERED FOR HORSE OWNERS

The University of Tennessee Extension is pleased to announce a new program for horse owners. The Master Horse Owner Program, a comprehensive educational course on all aspects of equine health and management, is now available throughout the state. The first course will take place over seven weeks in five counties throughout Middle Tennessee.

Classes begin February 12 in Maury County.

Dr. Bridgett McIntosh, UT Extension equine specialist and state leader of the program, will give the first lecture, and other Extension specialists or well-known experts will speak during the course of the program.

The cost to attend is $125.00 per person, which includes the manual, a plaque certifying completion of the course, light refreshments every night and a meal on the last night. The deadline for registration is February 10, 2009.

The schedule and topics for the meetings is:

February 12 Maury Co. Speaker, Dr. Bridgett McIntosh - Introduction & Nutrition February 19 Lawrence Co. Speaker, Neal Smith - Behavior and Training - Antique Tractor Club February 26 Giles Co. Speakers, Dr. Preston Buff and Dr. Bridgett McIntosh - Genetics and Selection March 5 Lawrence or Wayne Co. Speakers, Calvin Bryant and Kevin Rose - Farm Management March 12 Maury Co. Speaker, Dr. Fred Hopkins, D.V.M. - Health March 19 Lewis Co. Speaker, John Campbell - Equine Business Management March 26 Giles Co. (meal). Speaker, Dr. Bridgett McIntosh and Kim Smith Reproduction

Those interested in this seven-week program or in future Master Horse Owner programs should contact their local UT Extension office for information on dates and locations.

UT Extension operates in each of Tennessee's 95 counties as the off-campus division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. It is an educational and outreach organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, that brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.

More information about UT Extension is available online at http:// utextension.tennessee.edu

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