A two-day program on basic horse management will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 21-22, at Texas A&M University.

This is the sixth basic horse management workshop to be offered for the public.

It will be held at the Louis Pearce Pavilion on the campus of Texas A&M University, allowing for a hands-on approach to some of the workshop topics.

Horse owners will be able to gain experience using the body condition scoring system, with horses on hand for scoring and discussion. Weight estimation, general horse nutrition and feeding management will be covered, with basic horse safety, hay and pasture selection and quality also discussed.

The workshop will include information on general health, immunizations, deworming, permanent identification, first aid, dentistry and hoof care.

Additional topics will be facility design and equipment, basic management tools and heart rate monitor utilization. Resource material related to horse theft awareness and prevention will be offered, and a freeze branding and microchipping demonstration is planned to better familiarize owners with ways to permanently identify horses.

Instruction will be provided by equine faculty from both the equine science section of the Animal Science Department and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Participants must pre-register to attend the workshop.

Registration includes printed materials, light breakfast and noon meals. For start times and pre-registration information, contact Dr. Brett D. Scott at (979) 845-1562 or e-mail bdscott@ag.tamu.edu.

For further information, contact Mark Arnold, county extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, 701 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 3, Waxahachie, call (972) 825-5175 or e-mail wmarnold@ag.tamu.edu.