Winter Care for Horses- Free Recorded Webinar

My Horse UniversityWith temperatures dropping rapidly over the past week on Delmarva, horse owners should pay extra attention to the care of their horses during the winter season.  Often caretakers have a tendency to spend less time in the barn during the winter but there are some special considerations to keep in mind for winter horse care.  This is a recorded webinar so it can be viewed at any time.  Topics include forage quality and forage alternatives, changes in exercise routines, and clipping and blanketing.

About the Presenter: Nettie Liburt grew up on eastern Long Island, NY and has been a life-long horseperson. She spent 11 years as a 4-H member of the East End Equestrians, and consequently is a strong advocate of horsemanship, proper horse care and animal welfare. Nettie received her Master of Science degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University in 2005, and earned her PhD in January, 2011 (Equine Exercise Physiology & Nutrition). Her research focused on the effects of age and exercise training on endocrine control of the cortisol response and insulin resistance. She worked as a Technical Equine Nutritionist for the Kent Nutrition Group/Blue Seal Feeds for 3 1/2 years, and is now an independent consultant on equine nutrition, exercise physiology and equine product development.

Lessons Learned From Recent Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreaks – April 29th FREE Webcast

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My Horse University is offering a FREE webcast on recent EHV outbreaks.  To participate in the webcast please visit:

Speaker: Nicola Pusterla, PhD | UC Davis

Date: April 29, 2014 7:00pm EDT

Presentation Summary: Equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy is sporadic but is a potentially devastating manifestation of EHV-1 infection. Anecdotal field evidence suggests that EHM is becoming increasingly more common, leading to speculation that viruses with increased neurovirulence are circulating. This webcast will give a review of EHM and highlight new developments in the epidemiological, therapeutic and preventive field.

Please Note: In order to participate in this webcast live, you need to have a high speed internet connection.

Upcoming Free Webinar on Arena Footing

EXtension logoeXtension Horses( and My Horse University ( ) are collaborating to bring horse owners and equine facility managers an upcoming free webinar on equine riding arena footing on November 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm ET.  The featured speaker is Dr. Ann Swinker, Associate Professor of Equine Sciences and Horse Extension Specialist at Penn State University.

Educational objectives of the webinar include:

  • Understand the physical principles of arena footing and selection of arena footing materials. Different materials have both advantages and shortcomings
  • Learn to manage the footing materials.  Footing will change over time so learn to manage accordingly.
  • Understand the principles of surface maintenance and indication of when footing material needs to be amended or replaced.
  • Lean why equestrian facilities are so concerned about dust control
  • Learn why prolonged dust exposure is a serious environmental and health hazard to horse or human.

Dr. Ann Swinker has been involved in the horse business for over 35 years.  She began her career as manager of an Arabian horse stable in southwestern Pennsylvania. During that time she was involved in breeding, training, marketing, importing and showing a herd of purebred Arabian horses. In 1990 to 2001, Dr. Swinker served as the Extension Horse Specialist at Colorado State University and as a professor of Equine Science. Dr. Swinker has received several awards from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and American Society of Animal Science. Dr Swinker was named “Horse Person of the Year” in 2001 by the Colorado Equine Council.

To register for the webinar please visit: