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Jicarilla Cooperative Extension hosts horse expo in Dulce

DULCE, N.M. -- Balance is the key to health, including that of a horse. Reaching that balanced state will be the focus of the Jicarilla Horse Expo Thursday, July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Dulce Rodeo Grounds on U.S. Highway 64 in Dulce.

"The expo is focused on giving horse owners an opportunity to get a better understanding of how the horse works, from head to toe, and seeing the necessity of having a balanced horse," said Jesse LeFevre, New Mexico State University's Jicarilla Cooperative Extension Service agent. "To get that balance, it's important to understand how confirmation, tack, dental and hoof care, and quality feed work together in the horse's health."

Program topics and presenters include horse confirmation and judging with Jason Turner, NMSU horse specialist; proper balance of tack with Gerald Moore, University of Arizona, Tri-State Cooperative Extension Coordinator; feed quality with Tony Valdez, NMSU Rio Arriba Extension County agriculture agent; balancing the hoof with Wayne Franklin, NMSU Tribal Extension 4-H agent; and balance of the horse mouth with Harold Blacksheep, certified equine dentist.

"On Thursday, participants will participate in the workshop sessions, and on Friday they may bring their horses to the Dulce Rodeo Grounds to have two of our presenters, Wayne Franklin and Harold Blacksheep, work on the horses' hoof and dental needs," LeFevre said.

The admission is free. The horse expo is co-sponsored by the Jicarilla Cooperative Extension Service, Jicarilla Department of Agriculture and Jicarilla Cattle Growers' Association.