Introduction to Horse Production at Missouri State University-West Plains
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Introduction to Horse Production at Missouri State University-West Plains

August 25, 2019


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how that happened? I don’t either we got this horse when he was eight, and so he came with
it. But, at some point in time, this long, muscle right here, it runs down their whole
shoulder, has been severed, it could be from a kick, could develop compartment syndrome,
the whole length of that muscle was interrupted, could be from a laceration, i don’t really
think it’s from a laceration’85.
This course is an introduction to horse production and it’s designed for both people that has
a considerable knowledge of horse production and also people who know nothing of horse
production but would like to learn more about it and we covered the basics form the confirmation
of the horse, form to function, nutrition, soundnesses, unsoundnesses, is what we talked
about today, so essentially we talk about essentially what we need to know about horses
to be successful if you want to ride. And so what we do is we offer the opportunity
for students to come to the laboratory setting here, operation, and actually see what they’re
working on in the lesson this week. past week we did a lesson on unsoundnesses, blemishes,
and lameness in horses, and so that’s what our lab today was about, we evaluated difference
between a blemish and an unsoundness, we got several horses as they were riding, tried
to pick out where they were lame, what leg their lameness was in.
If a student was asking why they were taking this class, I think this class is an elective
that if people are interested in learning more about horses, becoming more proficient
with horses, learning more about their care and maintenance i think they’re going to definitely
get something out of this course, if they know nothing about horses and want to know
something about horses, then it’s designed so you can be a very beginner, not even know
the parts of a horse, or the colors or anything and come out of it knowing way more that what
you did. the lab really adds to that experience.
Like, since i haven’t grown up around horses
I’ve only been around them a few years, i know pretty well nothing about horses, so
this class, so i can learn a little more and then eventually own at least one of my own.
My favorite part about the class, it’s still early right now, but, if today was any example,
i love the lab, like i’m a very hands-on person and i got to see, i can do okay just reading,
but i’m one of these people, i do better if i actually see the horse and stuff so the
lab should be fun.
best part about this course is that we actually get to see the horses and see what the book
is talking about, especially, the different movements that the horses make, getting to
see it in action instead of just looking at pictures in a book, it’s kind of hard to picture
it in your kind when you’re just looking at it in a book. having this lab is perfect for
this class. students that are considering this class i
would tell them that if they’re wanting to learn more about horses in general then this
would be the perfect course to start with. it covers everything, it covers how they move,
how they interact with each other, it covers how they take care of them, it covers everything.
So even if you just familiarize yourself with the horse in general and you’ve never been
around one this would be perfect for any of those people.
i took this course because I’ve been around
horses my entire life, i rode horses professionally when i lived down in texas for a long time,
and this is a completely different discipline for me i don’t know anything about western
horse riding, but thats why I’m here with linda, and i took it mostly for fun but also
because i’m taking a completion course for the general ag degree at missouri state. if
someone wanted to take this course i would tell them that this is an excellent course
for someone who wants to learn more about horses in general this is a very good environment
to learn, you have the online component so you don’t have to be at a class t any particular
time but linda was nice enough to offers this lab so we can get some hand-on experience
which is really good if you have little experience around live animals, and this is avery good
place because it’s safe, it’s a good environment, we have the indoor for bad weather, we have
lots of different kinds of horses and lots of different types, temperaments, a different
source of things to look at around here so it’s a really good opportunity for people
to get a chance to see a real horse operation. }

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