It's rare that you are able to get a group of equine and related specialists from multiple states, in a room to learn from them. It's even rarer that you get two days of access to these specialists.
Top specialists, Ph.D.s and doctors of veterinarian medicine from Texas and Oklahoma will be on hand to provide the latest information at the first Red River Equine Summit, scheduled for Aug. 4-5 at the Ridin' For the Brand Cowboy Church, 5926 FM455 in Sanger. Oklahoma State University (www.oces.okstate.edu), the Noble Research Institute (www.noble.org) in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (http://denton.agrilife.org) are coming together for this meeting.
The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning and will culminate that day with keynote speaker Dr. Glenn Blodgett, DVM, from the 6666 Ranch.
The meeting will continue at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with discussions on equine first aid, body condition and effects on the hoof, genetics, leg soreness/lameness, equine laws in Oklahoma and Texas, society perception of show horse welfare, equine nutrition, forage establishment and weed control, hay cutting/baling/storage, pasture productivity, plants toxic to horses, trailer safety, equine biosecurity and more.
More information is available at the registration website, http://denton.agrilife.org. The cost for this two-day event is $75 per person with meals included. Registration is mandatory and must be received with payment by Tuesday, July 25. Due to space considerations, this meeting is limited to the first 150 people who register. If you have questions, contact Robin Hill at 940-349-2894. Speaker substitution(s) may occur.
DAVID ANNIS is the agriculture extension agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. He can be reached at 940-349-2894 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.