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CLEMSON — To eat like a horse, you would have to be a very picky eater. Horses need a careful balance of forage and grain to be at their best. The Clemson University Equine Center short course series, Horse Business and Management, will present a workshop on horse nutrition in March.

The course Equine Nutrition will be held March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Field of Dreams Farm in Sumter. The course fee is $100 and includes lunch. Register by March 5 to avoid late fees.

The registration form is located online.

Course instructors are Kristine Vernon, assistant professor in the animal and veterinary sciences department; Rebecca Shirley, an equine lecturer and Equine Center farm manager; and Cassie Wycoff Foucault, a livestock Extension agent in Laurens County who has focused on equine nutrition.

Instructors will cover:

• Gut anatomy, digestion and absorption

• Basic feeding principles

• Energetics, sources, metabolism, terminology and impact

• Protein, sources, metabolism, terminology and impact

• Vitamins and minerals, sources, requirements, deficiency and toxicity

• Feeding by weight, estimating weight and body condition scoring

• Feedstuff selection and identification

• Forages, evaluation, selection, nutrient density; foundation of ratio

• Feeding production phases – weanlings and yearlings, performance horses, seniors and broodmares

• Concentrate feed selection – reading the feed tags and making a good choice

• Nutritional diseases in the horse

“To make the courses more available across the state, we wanted to offer sessions not only at our home farm in Clemson, but also in locations in the Sandhills and Lowcountry,” Shirley said.

Field of Dreams Farm, at 1720 Hialeah Parkway in Sumter, is owned by Holly Gaughf and managed by Liz Stubbs, an animal and veterinary sciences alumna with an equine business concentration.

“While anyone is welcome to attend the courses, the short-course series is designed for people working as farm managers, trainers, sales representatives and as other equine professionals whose work could be advanced by having a certificate,” Shirley said.

The class is part of the Horse Business and Management certificate program. Participants who attend the courses and take an exit exam earn a certificate of completion from Clemson.

To receive a certificate of completion, seven or more courses must be attended. The required courses for the certificate are: Basic Horse Management, Advanced Horse Management, Nutrition, Facility Design and Management, and Equine Business Practices.

Optional courses to fulfill the additional two credits are: Reproduction, Exercise Physiology, Horse Judging and Evaluation, and Progressing the Young or Inexperienced Horse. Participants will be required to take an exit exam as well.

Information, pricing and locations for each course will be publicized as details are finalized.

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