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Rio Arriba County Extension to host workshops during family horse event

ABIQUIU ? Everything you ever wanted to know about horses but were too afraid to ask will be addressed at the Family Fall Horse Event, hosted by New Mexico State University?s Rio Arriba County Cooperative Extension Service office on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Rio Arriba Rural Event Center, State Road 554, House 122A, Abiquiu.


?This will be an opportunity for families to gain information about the care of their horses,? said Donald Martinez, NMSU Rio Arriba County Extension agricultural agent. ?I was approached by local families wanting equine programs. This event is set up to bring our horse folks to a central location to network and learn. We are excited to be using our indoor barn for this event, plus seeing our local neighbor Liz Banks doing a reining demonstration will be fun.?

The free event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be workshops each hour, including information on:
? Hay selection, presented by Mark Marsalis, NMSU forage specialist
? Nutrition, presented by Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist
? Horse Judging 101, presented by Jason Turner, NMSU Extension equine specialist
? Reining demonstration, presented by Liz Banks

A tack swap organized by Barbara Russell will be held during lunch from noon to 1:15 p.m.

A local veterinarian and farrier will be on site to address any horse health or hoof issues between 2:50 and 3:30 p.m.

Equine products made by TARTER will be available for purchase. Snacks will be provided by Geronimo Feeds.

For more information, contact Martinez at donmart@nmsu.edu or 505-685-4523.