Webinars

Attend a live webinar right from home or watch a recorded webinar when it fits your schedule! These interactive events feature equine experts from around the globe talking about topics that are important to you. 
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Archived Webinars

May 13, 2020

MHU Lunch Chat: Selecting a Youth Horse

Susy White | B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science at Michigan State University

This webinar is geared for youth, adults and families looking to obtain their first horse. We will discuss selection criteria, where to look, how to try out a horse, and steps to obtaining a horse. Additional resources will be shared for those considering a horse and those new to horse ownership.

May 06, 2020

MHU Lunch Chat: Covid-19 Legal Issues for the Horse Community

Joanne Belasco, Esq | Windhorse Legal, PLLC - windhorselegal.com

Apr 29, 2020

MHU Lunch Chat: Vaccinations and Biosecurity During Your Horse's Spring Check Up

Dr. Jane Manfredi, DVM | Dr. Julie Stachota, DVM

Apr 21, 2020

MHU Lunch Chat: Managing Your Horse Farm Manure

Erica Rogers and Sarah Fronczak | Environmental Educators

Apr 15, 2020

MHU Lunch Chat: Conditioning The Equine Athlete for a Healthy and Successful Riding Season

Dr. Christine Skelly | Michigan State University Equine Extension Specialist - Adult Programs

This presentation will discuss how to plan an equine conditioning program that is safe and effective in developing a fit and happy horse for a successful riding season. Different exercise protocols will be discussed for both riding and ground work. Participants will learn how to use training journals to monitor a horse's progress as well as how to evaluate a horse's body condition score to keep them healthy throughout the year.

Apr 07, 2020

MHU Lunch Chat: Getting the Most Out of Your Horse Pasture

Thomas Guthrie | State Equine Educator at Michigan State University

Mar 31, 2020

MHU Lunch Chat: Planning for Your Horse's Care During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Paula Hitzler | Manager, Michigan State University Horse Farm

Mar 26, 2020

MHU Lunch Chat: Equine Nutrition on a Budget

Dr. Christine Skelly | Michigan State University Equine Extension Specialist - Adult Programs

Feb 18, 2020

Feeding Your Horse Through Winter

Dr. Christine Skelly | Michigan State University Equine Extension Specialist - Adult Programs

In this webinar, participants will learn about the importance of body condition scoring a hairy horse, winter dehydration, and managing hay supplies, as well as hay alternatives through the winter months.

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Oct 22, 2019

Considering Land Issues Related to Small Property Horse Keeping

Denise O'Meara | Director of Education at Equine Land Conservation Resource

Using examples from several communities around the country that allow horses to be kept on small acreage and residential properties, you’ll learn how your community’s zoning practices, prevalence of existing horse-related activities, land characteristics, building codes, tax structure, state regulations and other factors enter into the decision to keep horses at your residence. Questions such as: ‘Does your community identify itself through horses? Are there places and trails already in place to ride? and, Am I prepared to do the work and upkeep that horses and their surrounds require?

May 08, 2019

Healthy Horse Housing

Dr. Christine Skelly | Professor, Michigan State University Animal Science Department

Learn how housing options can affect the health and behavior of your horse.  We will discuss the pros and cons of common housing systems including stabling and outdoor sheds and explore unique options including indoor group housing.  Understanding how horses respond to their housing environment will help you make better decisions regarding your horse's health and happiness. 

Apr 25, 2019

Genetic Testing in Horses 2019: What tests are available and what are they based on?

Dr. Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD | Professor, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

This talk will provide an overview of commercially available genetic tests for diseases in horses, the breeds that are affected, and information on their scientific validation.

Mar 19, 2019

How They Did it Series: Dealing with Opposition to Equestrian Trails

Mark Flint | Professional Trail Designer; Owner of Southwest Trail Solutions

The most effective way to prevent opposition from derailing a trail project is to ensure there is none – or that opposition is so minimal as to be insignificant. Understanding the causes of opposition is critical to moving forward. Though there are a variety of circumstances that can generate opposition, developing your organization and communication plan long before any trail plans are made can go a long way to ensure a broad base of support for trail projects. Mark zeroes in on this topic, and will lead you through a few simple steps to that can not only help you develop a support network that ensures success, but provide support in other areas, such as finding and managing volunteers and fundraising.

Feb 14, 2019

Developing Your Personal Horse Network

By Dr. Christine Skelly / Michigan State University Equine Extension Specilast

Feeling a little lost in the horse industry? With over 988,000 horse professionals in the United States, finding the right fit for you and your horse can be challenging. A supportive horse network will help you meet your equestrian goals and support your horse’s wellbeing. This webinar will discuss what you should look for when choosing horse industry professionals. We will discuss qualifications and characteristics of horse industry professionals including veterinarians, farriers, riding instructors, trainers, stable managers, feed dealers and hay sellers. Finally, we will consider opportunities to get involved in the horse industry at a local, state and national level. 

Feb 14, 2019

Part 1: “Action for Equestrian Trails in Pennsylvania and Beyond

By Gwen Willis / Pennsylvania Equine Council

Gwen Wills of the Pennsylvania Equine Council, speaks about the issues, solutions, and collaborations with local and state agencies, equine advocacy organizations and consultants that must be understood, developed and maintained to keep and expand trails access for equestrians. She also addresses equestrian trail behaviors, including how to avoid potential conflicts and work with other user groups, good environmental practices that will protect trail corridor land and habitat from environmental damage, and how trail design and maintenance will allow equestrians to maintain access to trails.

Apr 10, 2018

End of Life Decisions & Equine Mortality Management

by Dr. Judy Marteniuk | Associate Professor MSU College of Veterinary Medicine & Thomas Guthrie | Equine Extension Educator

In this webinar, experts from Michigan State University will discuss the difficult aspects of end of life decisions for a horse. Topics include when to make the difficult decision, where it can be done, and what you can expect. In addition, mortality management considerations will be discussed such as having a mortality plan, options for handling the body, as well as considerations for state and local laws.

Mar 27, 2018

Horse-Friendly Zoning Practices in American Communities

by Christine Hughes | Senior Designer - City of Wilmington, North Carolina

In this webinar, author Christine Hughes, AICP, will teach you about ELCR’s new guide on equine zoning. Christine will walk viewers through the guide and help you to understand and use the content and concepts. Of special interest are the descriptions of how individual communities around the US approach and regulate horse-keeping and activities through their zoning process. The guide, with an introduction by Tom Daniels PhD, professor, author and director at University of Pennsylvania Department of City and Regional Planning, is posted on the ELCR website (https://elcr.org/zoning-best-practices/) and will be available for preview and download.

Jan 01, 2020

Caring for the Senior Horse

Dr. Christine Skelly

The old adage "you're only as old as you feel," is especially applicable to horses. Many senior horses have productive careers well into their late twenties. Research suggests that the secret to maintaining a serviceable older horse is to make proactive management changes in their health care, diet and exercise. Signs of aging include dental problems, weight or muscle loss, gray hairs around the face, flank and tail head, and stiffening of the joints. The average onset of aging signs in horses is twenty years. Like humans, the degree of physical aging varies from horse to horse. 

Nov 14, 2017

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) Disease

Dr. Stephanie Valberg | Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) is a muscle disease that causes horses to develop muscle pain, tying-up and exercise intolerance. To date two forms of PSSM are described: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 PSSM is caused by a genetic mutation in the glycogen synthase 1 gene which causes excessive storage of sugar (glycogen) in skeletal muscle. Clinical trials have shown that horses with type 1 PSSM respond well to low starch, high fat diets and regular exercise.  Much less in known about type 2 PSSM since the cause or causes have yet to be determined and clinical trials have not been performed to study diet and exercise responses. Our Equine Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory has received muscle biopsies from hundreds of horses diagnosed with type 2 PSSM based on the microscopic appearance of glycogen in muscle samples. We asked horse owners to provide us with information on how well their horses responded to diet and exercise recommendations. Our goal with today’s presentation is to describe the symptoms reported for horses diagnosed with type 2 PSSM by muscle biopsy and to review the information we have analyzed from responses provided by horse owners. This is our chance to thank the owners of type 2 PSSM horses that took the time to answer our questions and share their experiences with other owners.

Design and Construction for Equestrian Trails - Sustainably

Mike Riter | President, Trail Design Specialists, Inc.

This webinar will cover some basic insights on how sustainable and long lasting trails should be created. The discussion will start with proper design techniques, where the trail should go, where shouldn't it go and why. This will be followed by a talk about best management practices for construction that will create durable trails in many different terrain and soil types.

This webinar was sponsored by:

Biosecurity for Horses

Dr. Judy Marteniuk | Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

This webinar, offered by My Horse University and Extension Horses Inc., will give an overview of biosecurity and discuss preventative measures you can take to keep your horses safe at home and when traveling to other farms or events.

Stringhalt and Shivers Explained

Dr. Stephanie Valberg | Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Hind limb gait abnormalities in horses such as stringhalt and shivers can be very frustrating and impact the horse’s performance and the ability of farriers to trim hind feet. The two conditions are often confused and until recently there has been very little information available to horse owners about stringhalt and shivers. This seminar, rich with videos, will describe the symptoms of stringhalt, shivers and some other gait abnormalities, review the latest research into the cause of these diseases and outline what owners can do to help maintain horses with these conditions.

 

Shivers research was funded by the US Equestrian Foundation, The University of Minnesota Comparative Medicine Grant and the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center.

Creating and Maintaining a Private Trail System

Dot Moyer

Trail riding is the most popular pleasure activity for horse owners. Building local horse coalitions, as well as partnering with other trail users, is imperative to ensure that equestrians have access to ride on public lands. This webinar will inform equestrians on how to advocate for horse use, develop partnerships with other trail-system stakeholders and work with public land managers to keep horse riding a part of public trail systems.

How to Assess a Horse's Health and Welfare

Dr. Carissa Wickens

This webcast is intended to help participants learn and apply equine welfare principles that will lead to improvements in the care and management of horses. The importance of equine welfare and definitions of welfare will be presented. Participants will also be introduced to current advances in equine welfare science and to valuable resources relevant to the welfare of horses.

Rotational Grazing - Why and How it Works

Laura Kenny, M.S.

Is your horse’s pasture a significant nutrition source or just a place to play? Rotational grazing is an excellent management practice for horse owners who would like to maximize their horses’ pasture intake. This webinar will explain why rotational grazing benefits both the horse and the pasture plants, strategies to implement this practice, and overall pasture considerations.

Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads and Trails

Dr. Betsy Greene

As we look forward to getting out and about with our horses, how can we take precautions to minimize bad experiences with people and vehicles on the roads and trails? This webinar provides exposure to information and resources to give a heads up for fun and safe riding experiences.

Spring Cleaning: Getting Your Horse Ready for the Show Season

Dr. Fernanda Camargo

This webinar will focus on current vaccination strategies and other health considerations to ensure your horse keeps healthy during the most demanding time of the year: Spring, summer and Fall.

The Basics of Planning and Zoning for Horse-Friendly Communities

Christine Hughes

This webinar will discuss the basics of planning and zoning, and will cover the tools of zoning codes and the comprehensive plan. In plain terms, learn how to understand what your property is zoned, how to get involved in the planning process, and what to look for relative to horse-friendly plans and regulations.

Body Condition Scoring? There's an App for That!

Dr. Colleen Brady & Dr. Kathy Anderson

This webinar will give participants an overview of how to body condition score a horse and explain how this type of evaluation can help assess a horse’s overall health and well-being.

Manure Management Strategies - Help Your Horse, Help Your Farm AND Protect Our Water

Jamie Cohen

Did you know that each horse makes about 50 pounds of manure EVERY DAY? Nutrients in manure and urine can get into ground- and surface waters, potentially making them undrinkable. Both nationally and internationally, water quality is becoming a very serious issue. The good news is that properly managing manure and pastures is neither difficult nor impossibly expensive. This webinar will explain how to properly utilize best management practices (BMPs), allowing a farm to flourish and stay productive, and protecting our water, a most precious resource. BMPs are practical, cost-effective and science-based techniques that may already be in use on your farm or boarding facility. Watch this webinar to find out how to keep the horse, the farm and the water at its best.

Second Chances for Horses

Dr. Colleen Brady & Dr. Judy Marteniuk

Rescues have increased in both number and importance to the US horse industry, even as we come out of the economic recession. Horses enter rescues for a variety of reasons. Some are there because they have not met expectations at the track or show ring. Others enter due to financial issues and some may have experienced neglect or abuse. Often, the new owner must rehabilitate a rescued horse with little to no background in the horse's health, temperament or training. This webinar will discuss health care issues specific to the rescued horse as well as day to day management and re-training.

Sales Fraud in the Horse Industry

Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.

This webinar will generally discuss, in an understandable and down to earth way, the legal rights of sellers and buyers in a horse sale transaction. It will also discuss practical efforts that sellers and buyers do to protect their interests in an effort to avoid disputes (and lawsuits) when buying or selling horses...

Giving Your Horse the Best Chance During Disasters

Dr. Karen Waite & Dr. Scott Cotton

Participants in this webcast will learn practical things a horse owner should know, and can do, that will reduce risks to horses during fires, floods and storms...

Recent Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreaks

Dr. Nicola Pusterla

This webcast will give a review of EHM and highlight new developments in the epidemiological, therapeutic and preventive field...

Pasture Associated Laminitis Prevention Strategies

Dr. Paul Siciliano & Dr. Shannon Pratt Phillips

In this webinar the relationship between pasture consumption, horse-type and laminitis will be discussed in the context of strategies aimed at preventing pasture-associated laminitis...

Is My Horse Fat? Estimating Body Weight in Adult Horses

Dr. Krishona Martinson

This webcast will focus on methods horse owners can use to estimate body weight in adult horses, including newly developed equations that estimate ideal body weight and body weight index to assess the likelihood that a horse is over- or under-weight.  New tools will also be highlighted including the Healthy Horse App, developed for iPhones and iPads...

Using Social Media to Enhance Your Equine Program

Taylor Fabus, M.S.

During this webinar we will explore how you can safely use social media to enhance and expand your programs...

Health Concerns for the Overveight Horse

Dr. Colleen Brady

This webcast will discuss health concerns for both under and overweight horses, with an emphasis on the overweight horse. Most horse owners understand the potential issues with horses being too thin, but may not be aware of the issues associated with the other extreme...

Riding Arena Footing and Management

Dr. Ann Swinker

This webcast will help increase your understanding the physical principles of arena footing and selection of arena footing materials. It will also provide tips for managing footing materials for an already established arena...

Winter Care Considerations

Dr. Nettie Liburt

This webcast will highlight special considerations for winter horse care. Topics include forage quality and forage alternatives, changes in exercise routines, clipping and blanketing...