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Jackson 4-H Hosts Area A 4-H Equine Clinic

Jackson 4-H Hosts Area A 4-H Equine Clinic

On Tuesday, June 13th, Jackson County 4-H hosted the first annual Area A 4-H Equine Clinic on behalf of the Area A 4-H Advisory Committee, at the Jackson County Ag Center.  The clinic was designed to help educate youth in the 4-H Horse Program regarding overall equine health and nutrition of their project animals, as well as dental and hoof concerns.  Youth also participated in an Equine Skillathon.

Speakers included Mr. Terry Stout, Area A 4-H Advisory Committee President and State Committee Member, Dr. Mary Gessert, VMO with APHIS, equine dentist Dr. Bess Darrow, DVM and professional farrier Mr. Billy Blackman.

Area A 4-H Advisory Committee President Terry Stout discusses equine body condition.

Dr. Mary Gessert, VMO discusses equine biosecurity concerns.

Professional farrier Billy Blackman prepares for his presentation.

Equine dentist Dr. Bess Darrow, DVM of Tune Ups, Veterinary Equine Dentistry and Wellness Services, discusses dental health with participants.

There were 50 participants from across the panhandle at this educational clinic that was free and included lunch for 4-H members and their families.

Educational opportunities such as this are designed to encourage youth to learn more about equine science and technology, nutrition, and equine health, and to use the information to care for their horse.  Youth also have the opportunity to explore careers in the animal industry. We hope to offer more workshops like this to learn about horses and horsemanship in the future.

The Area A 4-H Advisory Committee would like to thank Dr. Gessert, Dr. Darrow and Mr. Blackman for giving of their time and talents for this very informative and educational event.  We would also like to thank Mr. Larry Warden and Mr. Scott Yant for coming out for inspection and for providing educational materials, and Mr. David Skipper and Mr. Chris Stewart of the Jackson County Ag Center for all their help and hard work preparing the facility.

Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/4-h/2017/06/16/jackson-4-h-hosts-area-a-4-h-equine-clinic/