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Free Virtual Summer Equine Speaker Series

July 11 @ 6:00 pm

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UMaine Extension is offering a new Equine Speaker series to share new research, novel management practices, and solutions for common challenges regarding care for our equine companions. The theme for this summer series is “Pasture and System Management for Healthier Horses.” Register to subscribe to the series and gain access to the Zoom link.

June 11- Cherrie Nolden, Farmer, Won Der Fjords

“Keeping Easy-Keeper Equines CAN be Easy!”

Cherrie Nolden will share the management approaches that she’s developed and practiced for naturally keeping pastured easy-keeper equines healthy and happy, while also improving the environment and life-work balance.

July 11- Alicia Harlov, Specialty Farrier and Humble Hoof Rehabilitation & Podcast

“Horsekeeping: Diet and Movement for Healthier Horses”

This talk will be an overview on nutrition and movement for horse health, and where many modern day diets and environments fall short. Included will be practical ways horse owners can make adjustments to improve their horses’ living situation and nutrition without breaking the bank.

Aug. 7- Dr. Jaime Garzon, UMaine Extension Forage Specialist

“Pasture Management and Horses: The What, the When and the How.”

Dr. Garzon will cover topics on grass species for horse grazing, weeds and legume control, pasture management (when to start grazing, when to end it), and forage and hay sampling and results interpretation.

Sept. 13- Elissa Ballman, UMaine Senior Research Associate & PhD student

What’s bugging your horse? Managing insect pests on equine farms

Stable flies, house flies, ticks, and midges are just some of the pests horses encounter on our farms. Not all flies are created equally, or are managed equally. Learn how to identify which pests you are dealing with, when they are active, and integrated pest management tactics you can use to keep your horses happy and healthy. Also, get a sneak peak at the current stable fly research happening in Maine.