Michigan State University Extension and University of Vermont Extension
Michigan State University Extension and University of Vermont Extension

Skelly, C., Green, B.

While suburban/urban horse owners face many of the same management issues as rural horse farm owners, close proximity to neighbors and small acreage farms can intensify environmental and liability problems. There are more and more horse workshops and educational information geared to adults offered through extension and equine businesses. A growing number of adult horse owners look to extension for nonbiased science based information in spite of previous misconceptions that extension “only” serves 4-H youth. Often, field-based educators with little to no horse responsibilities or equine expertise are uncomfortable dealing with horse questions. However, an expertise in equine management isn’t always necessary to successfully work with the horse industry. Many of the equine industry’s questions revolve around manure, pasture, and facility management – the same issues that face other livestock operations. This paper will help the extension educator identify cross cutting issues that face the horse industry in the United States, define some of the nuances that are specific to suburban/urban horse ownership and mentality, and identify resources that can help the educator answer horse questions in the field. This paper is available online at: www.MyHorseUnversity.com, with hot links. Other science based equine resources can be found at www.eXtension.org/horses. View this paper online to bookmark these and the sites referenced in this paper for quick access.