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Horse handling classes offered


Spring Valley (Press Release) - A series of classes addressing various aspects of horse care and handling will be offered on upcoming Sunday afternoons at Refuge Farms Horse Rescue & Sanctuary, 3035 Highway 29 east of Spring Valley. Classes will start at 1:30 p.m. and run two hours or longer.  The suggested donation is $35 per person for each class.

The first class will be July 28, and cover hoof care.  David Kidd of Ellsworth, a farrier and horseshoeing instructor, will show examples of healthy and unhealthy feet, explaining issues such as laminitis, leg and bone structure, and ways to improve horse health and comfort through proper care and corrective trimming and shoeing. 

Subsequent classes will address topics such as haltering, leading, tying and blanketing a horse, horse body parts, and determining a horse's condition using the Heneke scoring system for body weight.   A veterinarian will demonstrate how to take a horse's temperature, pulse and respiration.  Refuge Farms horses, both blind and sighted, will be used to demonstrate and participants will have the ability to practice some of the skills taught.

"The classes will provide an excellent opportunity, especially for new and prospective horse owners to increase their knowledge and comfort level around horses," promises Sandra Gilbert, Refuge Farms executive director.  "It's a great way for young people to get their horse fix, in a safe and educational setting, and for long-time owners to brush up or expand their knowledge base and skill set." 

Participants under 16 will need to have a parent present.  Anyone wishing to practice on a horse will need to wear long jeans, work boots and chore gloves for safety and protection.  Attendees may pay at the start of the class, and will be asked to sign a waiver.  All classes will take place, rain or shine, in the facility's large barn. 

For more information and a complete list of class dates and topics, go to and click Bulletin Board in the center of the page, then Horse Handling Classes.

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