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May 17, 2002

UW-RF Hosts 2002 Horse Science Institute

By Katie Vangsnss
UW-RF News Bureau

The UW-River Falls animal and food science department will host nine courses as part of the 2002 Horse Science Institute. Eight instructors with a variety of backgrounds will conduct the courses this summer.

The Wisconsin Horse Grazing School will be held June 7-8. This course will focus on methods of establishing and maintaing productive and long-lived pastures. Topics will include species selection, rotational grazing, fencing and watering systems, fertility, animal health on pasture, hay buying, and others.

The Colt Training course is June 10-14. Lectures on horse psychology and behavior will combine with demonstrations and applications of different methods of gentling and riding young horses. These include sacking out with the Scotch hobble and the Ray Hunt method of bridleless riding. Use of the bosal and snaffle bit will also be covered extensively.

The Reining Course will run June 12-14. Instructors will demonstrate reining horse training techniques with horses at different levels to show the progression of the training process. Emphasis will be placed on developing a foundation based on body control and suppleness. Riders will also work to improve their skills and the performance of the horse. Skills to be covered include circles, turn-arounds, back-ups, sliding stops, and lead changes.

Horse Management and Training will take place June 17-21. Lectures, discussions, and demonstrations will be done on most phases of horse management and training. Some topics include nutrition, diseases, trail riding, accounting, and shoe removal and hoof maintenance.

Riding School Instructors Course for first- and second-year students will be June 17-21. The first year course involves techniques to teach hunting and jumping, basic dressage, and English and Western Riding. Business aspects and advice in operating a riding school will be covered. Horse psychology, biting techniques, spoiled and difficult horses also will be discussed.

The second year class is a continuation from course one. Teaching methods, business administration, management, professional training and dress for the riding instructor will be covered.

Student Equitation for first- and second-year students will be June 17-21. The first year students will improve riding skills in English equitation, dressage, hunting and jumping, and western riding. Special emphasis will be placed on position, use of aids, control, and other issues involved in riding and training.The second year students will refine their riding ability. Communication techniques, aids and cues to achieve greater control of the horse.

Youth Horsemanship Camps for advanced riders will be offered June 24-28, and July 15-19. A camp for intermediate riders will be July 8-12. The camp involves a week of riding, demonstrations, and lectures for Western and English riders to help students become better owners and competitors.

For the course catalog and registration information, contact the UW-RF animal and food department at 715/425-3704, or visit the web at

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