Workshop for horse owners July 30 in Casper | TSLN.com

Workshop for horse owners July 30 in Casper

“What Your Horse Wants You to Know about Pasture Management,” a workshop for horse owners with small acreages, is Wednesday, July 30, in Casper, WY.

The workshop is 5:30-9 p.m. at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center at the Natrona County Fairgrounds.

Sharing small acreages with horses poses unique challenges in Wyoming primarily due to the short growing season and low precipitation.

With the rising cost of hay, the amount of grass a field can produce becomes critical. Overgrazing can lead to undesirable plants that could potentially harm horses and overtake desirable grasses, forbs and other plants.

University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) Educator Lindsay Taylor will discuss the importance of developing a grazing plan, how to prevent weeds that are harmful to horses and how to save money on horse care through better pasture management.

Following the presentation, the workshop will move outside the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center for a brief demonstration by a farrier, who will teach participants how to properly clean a hoof and how to identify hoof problems in horses.

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The workshop is sponsored by the Natrona County Conservation District, Historic Trails Resource Conservation and Development Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Natrona County Weed and Pest Control District, UW CES and Wyoming State Forestry Division.

There is no charge, and refreshments will be provided. To register, or to request more information if attendance is not possible, contact the Small Acreage Issue Team interns, Emily Eschbacher or Amanda Preddice. They can be reached at (307) 261-5436, extension 109 or 110, or e-mail amanda.preddice@rcdnet.net or emily.eschbacher@rcdnet.net.