WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Horse owners can learn about forage
nutritional requirements, hay quality and how to make hay using horse-drawn
equipment at an Extension hay day July 27.
The one-day workshop will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Historic
Prophetstown, 3549 Prophetstown Trail, West Lafayette.
“Horse owners and hay producers will learn how to select and
make good quality hay that is appropriate to feed their horses,” said Mark
Russell, Purdue Extension equine specialist.
The day will start with a discussion about horse nutritional
requirements based on body condition scores, activity and life cycle.
“The majority of nutrients fed to horses should be in hay
and forages,” Russell said. “The health of the horse depends on the presence of
nutrients in appropriate ratios, which are largely dependent on the quality of
Russell will lead a talk in the field about hay qualities
and how horses use different cuttings and plant species. Dris Abraham, chief
operating officer of Historic Prophetstown and owner of RX Acres Belgians, will
demonstrate hay cutting, raking and baling using horse-drawn equipment.
Horse feeding and health complications when feeding lower
quality forages will be discussed over lunch. The workshop is $40 per person,
which includes an informational packet, handouts and lunch.
Participants can download the registration form at
Individuals with advanced horse driving skills who are
interested in a more hands-on learning experience can attend the Forage Clinic
on July 26-28 at Historic Prophetstown. The clinic is $300 per person or $250
per person for members of Historic Prophetstown, and the Extension hay day
workshop is included in the fee.