AWESOME Equine 101 participants learn how to properly apply poultice and wrap the legs of racehorses.

4-H News

(Morrisville, NY – June 2012) The first annual AWESOME Equine 101 4-H youth camp was held June 9 and 10 at Morrisville State College.  The equine camp was an opportunity for 4-H youth ages 14-19 years from across the state of New York to learn more about Equine Science from the equine professionals at Morrisville State College.

AWESOME Equine 101, an acronym for Amazing World of Equine Scientific Oriented Methods & Experiences was developed by 4-H Educators from Oneida and Madison County to provide 4-H youth with an equine interest an opportunity to experience life as a college student.

Youth were given the option of two tracts, Western or English and Racing or Draft.

All youth participated in the sessions on equine breeding. Participants also received instruction in equine nutrition and a session on Equine Chiropractics.

Saturday evening was spent at the new Morrisville College Foundation Equine Rehabilitation Center where participants received a complete tour of the facility and viewed the swimming of a horse as well as watching a horse aquatred.  Youth were given detailed information about the use of therapeutic equipment and exercises to develop young horses, build up the athlete and rehabilitate the injured.

Twenty youth and eight chaperones attended the first annual AWESOME Equine 101 event.  These youth represented eight counties including Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Warren, Tioga, Cayuga, Montgomery, and Oswego.

This event was a collaborative effort between Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida and Madison County, Morrisville State College, and the New York State 4-H Foundation, Inc.

For more information, call April Winslow at 684-3001.

By martha

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