A day-long equine conference presented by Montana State University’s Equine Science Program and the university’s Extension will be held on April 21 in Bozeman.
The conference will feature lectures on equine herpes virus (EHV-1) and other neurologic diseases of horses, a trade show, and breakout sessions with special sessions for youth.
The program begins at 7.30am with a trade show, followed by the Catlin Memorial Lecture at 8.15am.
Dr Stephen Reed, equine specialist at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, will discuss the recent outbreaks of EHV-1 and other neurologic diseases in horses.
Participants can choose from 16 expert-led breakout sessions during four concurrent sessions following the lecture.
The sessions include: forage analysis; purchase exams; lameness of the foot; Montana plants; pasture, hay and weeds; alternative therapies; geriatric horse care; managing estrous cycles in mares for breeding or performance; respiratory system health; body condition scoring and feeding overweight horses; reined cow horse competition questions; gastrointestinal parasites, including diagnosis, control and treatment.
There are also sessions designed for youth, 4-H and FFA participants: Horsemanship and husbandry; preparing you and your horse for a show; working in the horse industry; and the MSU Equine Science Program.
Catered lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee of $US45 per adult or $US25 per student before April 9; after April 9 or at the door costs will be $US60 per adult and $US40 per student.
The conference will be held at the GranTree Inn. Register with the online form, or send name, address, phone and email with payment to: MSU Equine Conference, PO Box 172900, Bozeman, MT, 59717-2900.