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UGA hosts 10th annual Horse Owner's Seminar in Athens By Sharon Dowdy

Horse owners will get the latest research-based information on how to care for their animals at the 10th annual University of Georgia Horse Owner’s Seminar and Trade Show set for Aug. 15 at the UGA Livestock Arena in Athens, Georgia.

The one-day event will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The 2015 Horse Owner's Seminar includes a trade show from 9:50 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. A lunch break is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. A demonstration of the Wells Fargo Stagecoach will be presented during the lunch break, which will include rides on the coach.

Registration opens May 1. Adult registration is $50, students 5-17 years of age pay $30, and children five and under are free. Tenth anniversary water bottles will are available for purchase before the event for $10 or the day of the event for $15.

Registration includes lunch, a t-shirt, registration materials and a digital copy of all seminar proceedings. After Aug. 8, registration is $60 for adults and $35 for students. A 10 percent discount will be given to groups of 10 or more by emailing Andrea Massa atajmassa@uga.edu.

This year’s topics will include equine eye diseases, fencing design and hay storage, performance horse treatment, large animal rescue, emerging viral diseases, fly control in barns and an update on research at the UGA Veterinary Medical Center.

The two afternoon sessions will include a workshop on rescuing horses from dangerous situations, like being stuck in a ditch. This session will include demonstrations of techniques using a mannequin and rescue supplies. The other afternoon session will focus on trailer safety and equine transportation.

Speakers include scientists from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and representatives from Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. Seminar sponsors are Southern States, Triple Crown, Zoetis, Seminole Feed, Georgia Quarter Horse Association and Wells Fargo. Support for the program comes from several industry sponsors who will be present at the trade show.

The UGA student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine present the seminar annually.

For more information or to register online, go to 0011 ugahorseowner.com 3D72 or email ugahorseowner@gmail.com. To register by mail, send a check made out to UGA CVM scAAEP to Vivian McWilliams, 515 Buckeye Trail, Loganville, Georgia, 30052. Checks must be received by Aug. 1.

(Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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