June 19, 2022

Cowboys & Horses: Best Management Practices Workshop

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  • KLA members have worked diligently to make feedyards a safer place to work.  Implementing low stress cattle handling principals has been an important focus of reducing feedyard accidents.  But many managers are asking, “what can we do to lower the number of horse related accidents?”    

  • This seminar will give participants an opportunity to discuss steps they’ve taken, and best management practices implemented, to reduce horse related accidents.  The workshop, designed for feedyard managers, assistant managers and head cowboys, includes two primary segments.   

  • Onboarding - During this roundtable style session participants will share ideas and learn from others.  What process, if any, does your feedyard have for onboarding cowboys and their horses?  Does your feedyard have a horse policy that is in place and enforced? Participants will look at sample horse policies and share onboarding ideas  

    Horse Health, Soundness and Maintenance - This interactive and demonstration style session will provide tips on keeping horses healthy, sound and safe.  A horse that hurts, is more likely to create a safety risk.  Plus, a good horse can be kept sound and functional longer, therefore reduce horse turnover, with good maintenance and management practices.

  • Date: Wednesday, July 13th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Celebration Centre & Bar K Bar Arena 1145 East, 56 Hwy Lyons, KS
    Cost: Cost including lunch is $25 per person.

About the Speaker

Dr. Matthew Wimer grew up on a ranch in central Kansas and now is one of the most respected experts on horse soundness. Dr. Wimer started shoeing horses almost twenty years ago and continued to shoe ranch and rodeo performance horses through college and veterinary school. He is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with the American Farriers Association. After graduating from Kansas State with a vet degree, Matthew completed an internship in the podiatry department at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. He now practices general veterinary medicine, veterinary podiatry and general and performance shoeing across many breeds and disciplines in Kansas.