“Healthy soil for healthy horses” course scheduled for October 15

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Extension office to provide advice on equine pasture management

Citizen staff

Virginia Cooperative Extension officials will host the 2022 Healthy Land for Healthy Horses Short Course on Saturday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chesterfield Extension Office, 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield.

The event is open to all local residents; admission is $40 and includes refreshments, lunch, and course materials.

The course will help those who own and graze horses to better understand effective pasture management techniques. When horse pastures are managed properly, it can lead to better horse nutrition, reduced feed costs and stewardship of the land.

Specialists from Virginia Tech, the University of Kentucky and local extension agents will talk about forage management, weed control, soil and nutrient management, composting, soil erosion and partner resources.

The event will include time for consultation with officers to help participants develop their own pasture management plans. As part of the course there will also be a visit to a local farm to enable networking and relationship building with area horse owners.

Pre-registration is requested by October 10 and available at tinyurl.com/HLHH2022 or by contacting the Chesterfield Extension Office at (804) 751-4401 or [email protected]

People with disabilities or who require assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate should call (804) 752-4309 by October 10.

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