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Horse management class coming up

Staff reports

An accredited equine course is being offered for the spring 2001 semester beginning this month at Western Nevada Community College, Douglas.

Titled “Horse Management,” the class is a comprehensive course designed for the novice horse owner.

It can also serve as an informative refresher course for those who are most experienced and wish to further their equine education.

The two-credit course will cover a wide array of topics pertaining to horse ownership including horse selection and purchasing procedures, pre-purchase exams, barn and riding safety, equine insurance, fencing and horse keeping facilities, feeding and nutrition, routine veterinary care, hoof care, basic handling techniques and trailers and transportation techniques.

Three field trips are scheduled and guest speakers will also be featured.

Laura Phelps-Bell, a trainer, instructor and clinician, will teach the class.

She has over 25 years’ experience in the equine industry and began operating her training stable, Starwood Farm, in 1977. Her background includes competing in dressage, competing on the “A” circuit in hunter/jumpers, showing in many Western events and management of several large training/boarding facilities.

Phelps-Bell’s approach to horse ownership, training and riding is simple: “Learn and practice safety skills, keep an open mind to various methods and ideas and educate yourself in how to properly care for your horse.”

The class will meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning the week of Jan. 22. It is listed under agriculture in the spring 2001 catalog, and the class number is AG 209B D01.

For further information, contact Phelps-Bell at 265-4496 or WNCC Douglas at 782-2413. For Touch Tone registration, call 887-3130, call #12020.