Horses

The University of Georgia’s Equine Extension Program encompasses both state youth horse programs as well as continuing education for horse owners and county Extension agents.  The mission of this program is to provide resources and support for youth education, county trainings and programming, and to serve as a knowledge base for questions and concerns of the industry.

Equine resources from UGA Extension


Equine Researcher

Kylee Jo Duberstein Associate Professor
Animal & Dairy Science

Extension Equine Specialist

KARI K. TURNER Associate Professor
Animal & Dairy Science

Equine Public Service Assistant

Julia S. McCann Public Service Assistant
Animal & Dairy Science
Recent Horse Publications from UGA Extension
Caring for the Older Horse: Common Problems and Solutions
(B 1368)
Horses have relatively long life spans compared to other livestock and companion animals, often living into their late 20s and early 30s. Many horses have productive careers into their 20s. In fact, in many disciplines, horses do not peak until their teenage years. Good nutrition, maintenance and veterinary care allow horses to lead longer and more productive lives. However, as horses age, their needs change and additional care may be required to keep them as healthy as possible. This publication addresses changes in the aging horse's body that impact its requirements, possible ways to meet these requirements, and solutions to problems that may occur.
Bits 101
(B 1379)
Bit selection is a critical area of consideration for riders of all disciplines and levels. Bit selection is often regulated by various breed and/or horse show associations. For many horse enthusiasts, lack of knowledge about bit types and functions, as well as common misconceptions held in the horse industry, can make choosing an appropriate bit a difficult process.
Evaluating Common Equine Performance Classes
(B 1401)
When competing in youth horse judging contests or events at horse shows, it is important to have a good understanding of basic performance events that may be encountered. This publication is designed to give a basic overview of common hunt seat and western pleasure performance classes. It is by no means comprehensive of all events that may be seen and does not go in-depth on any one event.
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