Equine business online short courses offered

Farm Forum

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Equine business professionals are invited to participate in a dynamic, online short course series where they will be connected with land grant universities, equine business experts, networking opportunities, and other invaluable resources. There are over 1 million horses and 162,000 horse farms in the North Central Region of the United States. It is estimated that 4.6 million Americans in the U.S. are involved in the horse industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. The industry employs 701,946 people directly.

Five courses will be offered with a focus on contract/employee labor law, liability issues, working with youth and volunteers, immigration documentation, and farm safety practices. Each course will consist of a webinar, interactive quiz, a decision tool, and online resources. Live webinars will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. EST beginning on February 7, 2013 to coincide with the launch of each short course. All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing at anytime on the next day. Webcast speakers include experts from the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University and an expert on worker safety from Michigan State University. Upon completion of each course participants will receive a certificate of completion. These courses are offered free of charge.

Equine industry professionals are also encouraged to join the Equine Business Network (EBN) community through Facebook and Twitter. Through partnerships with eXtension/horses and My Horse University, EBN offers an array of free online resources and networking opportunities for equine businesses.

Advance online registration is required however, the courses are offered free of charge. For registration information visit: http://


Funded in part by a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center, the Equine Business short course series is a collaborative effort between My Horse University, eXtension/horses, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, and the University of Nebraska.