Education & Resources

This page contains links and information the MHC has considered relevant and accurate for MN horse owners and enthusiasts. 

 Leonardo da Vinci, Study of the Horse, 1490

General Information

MN Statute 346.38 Equines - the law that sets care standards for horses.

The MN Horsemen's Directory - the free directory for everything horse-related in Minnesota. Provided by the Minnesota Horse Council.

  • Arenas, Shows, Events & Auctions
  • Attorneys & Professional Services
  • Equine Schools and Certifications
  • Equipment, Tack and Apparel
  • Horse Camps & Pony Rides
  • Jobs with Horses (post a job too)
  • Lessons, Therapy Riding & Trail Rides
  • Saddle Clubs & Associations
  • Stables & Boarding
  • Trainers, Instructors & Clinics
  • Transportation & Trailer Sales
  • Veterinarians & Farriers
  • And much, much more! We have a lot of horses in Minnesota! Just click here to find what you need!
  • You may also list for free. The directory does not have advertising opportunities.

Equine Economics - Ways to save money without compromising horse care.

Sources for Hay - Online sites for sources for buying and selling hay.

Own Responsibly - by the Unwanted Horse Coalition.

 

Newsletters

MN Horse Council Newsletter

U of M Equine Newsletter

 

Business

Where to Create a Free Website - Every horse business should have a website. 

How to Use Facebook for Your Business - More visibility with Facebook.

Make sure your Horse Business is listed on the MN Horsemen's Directory - free to list!

Horse Professionals - make sure you are listed on Linked Intoo!

Equine Economics - Ways to save money without compromising horse care.

MN Department of Labor - for questions about Unemployment Insurance and Workers' Compensation

MN Department of Revenue (state taxes)

Internal Revenue Service (federal taxes)

MNSure - Health Insurance

Should You Breed Your Mare? - Things to consider before breeding your mare. By Stacy Westfall

Horse Community Planning, Zoning Resources - Planning and zoning decisions can affect how land is taxed, what it can be used for, and which standards and regulations are applied to it. It is vital horse owners and enthusiasts understand how this impacts the industry.

 

Great Books

CHA Horsemanship All-Level Manual - Written and edited by 30 professional horsemanship instructors from the United states and Canada, this four-level manual covers Western and English riding to include jumping, equine handling, safety, husbandry and riding. Complete with written and riding tests for each level; illustraions by Susan Harris.

United States Pony Club Manuals - Widely accepted and comprehensive English riding, to include jumping, manual. Also includes detailed equine handling, safety and husbandry. Levels include: Basics (D Level), Intermediate (C Level), Advanced (B/HA/A Levels)

Ready to Ride - Are you a non-horsey parent with a horse-loving kid? Have you returned to riding with distant memories of childhood lessons? Or do you want to brush up on your horse-owning knowledge? This is a great resource for parents and adult riders new to the sport. You’ll learn more about choosing breeds, selecting a riding style, how to choose a lesson and boarding barn, what to look for in an instructor, what equipment you’ll need, how to lease a horse, cost factors, and what to know before your first horse purchase—all are answered with safety and the best education in mind.

The Comprehensive Guide to Equine Veterinary Medicine by Crabbe, Barb; Carter, Kip

The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health The Complete pet health resource for your dog, cat, horse or other pets - in everyday language.

Manual of Equine Lameness by Gary M. Baxter

Manual of Equine Reproduction by Steven P. Brinsko DVM, Terry L. Blanchard DVM MS Dipl ACT, Dickson D. Varner DVM MS Dipl ACT and James Schumacher DVM MS MRCVS Dip ACVS

Horse Keeping on a Small Acreage by Cherry Hill Effective management requires knowledge, dedication, and a sincere interest in the well-being of horses. Cherry Hill explains how to be a responsible steward of the land while providing horses with the best care possible.

Horses: A Guide to Selection, Care and Enjoyment by J. Warren Evans

Animals in Translation Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin

 

Legal

MN Statute 346.38 Equines - the law that sets care standards for horses.

MN DOT Trailering Regulations - MN transportation rules

Trail Horse Pass FAQ - as managed by the MN DNR

Equine Transportation Requirements by State - this list not updated by the MHC, make sure to use the contact listed to ensure you are in compliance before travel.

MN Trail Use Rules - general MN rules regarding the use of public trails.

DNR Horseback Riding Info - trail use info, rules, guidlines and maps.

Horse Community Planning, Zoning Resources - Planning and zoning decisions can affect how land is taxed, what it can be used for, and which standards and regulations are applied to it. It is vital horse owners and enthusiasts understand how this impacts the industry.

 

Health and Wellness

Ask an Expert- the University of MN Equine program Q&A

When to Call the Vet- produced by the U of M. 

How to be Prepared for a Visit by Your Vet or Farrier - be the client they always want to see.

Biosecurity: The Key to Keeping Your Horses Healthy - how to keep your horse from contracting an infectious disease - produced by the USDA.

Preventing and Treating Colic - produced by the U of M. 

Is My Horse Too Fat? - your horse(s) could be too fat, why this is dangerous to their health and soundness, produced by the U of M.

Preventing Sunburn - sunscreen and photosensivity due to moldy clover.

Toxic Plants: Grecian Foxglove - a very poisonous plant - be on the lookout.

Toxic Plants: Hoary Alyssum: Toxicity to Horses, Forage Quality and Control

Manual of Equine Reproduction by Steven P. Brinsko DVM, Terry L. Blanchard DVM MS Dipl ACT, Dickson D. Varner DVM MS Dipl ACT and James Schumacher DVM MS MRCVS Dip ACVS

Should You Breed Your Mare? - Things to consider before breeding your mare. By Stacy Westfall

Rehabbing the Neglected Horse - by the Unwanted Horse Coalition

Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) - EHM/EHV-1 FAQ

Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) - Board of Animal Health Control Plan

 

Riding Tips

Riding Etiquette- Riding and Arena Etiquette

How to Fit a Riding Helmet- make sure it fits right, or it won't work right.

Considerations for Fitting a Western Saddle

Trail Etiquette - share the great outdoors with everyone and preserve the use of MN trails for horses for a long time to come. 

MN DNR Horseback Riding Trail Use Site - rules, trail passes, safety tips, find a campsite!

TrailLink - trails by state.

 

Minnesota Schools Which Provide Equine Curriculum

Equine Education - A list of schools and organizations offering educational opportunites related to horses, including colleges, technical schools, private vocational,  high school programs, pony club, and FFA.

 

Contact 

Education Committee 

 

  

 

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