The driving force behind the Tennessee Master Horse Program (TMHP) is to raise the level of education and improve overall success of horse owners and producers within the state. Additionally, by improving management practices and providing the opportunity for intellectual growth, equine producers and business owners can continue to expand this vital portion of Tennessee agriculture. By providing science-based, objective information, families, youth, and the community can generate or continue to build upon their existing knowledge base and ensure success of the equine industry for years to come.
Completion of core modules is required by each participant.
Participant must complete at least two supplemental modules to complete the program requirements.
Modules include Youth Program, Developing Training Programs, Equine Senses, Communication and Herd Behavior, Stereotypical Behavior, Equine Law and Liability, and Hot Topics
Hot topics can change with the needs of the industry. Past topic modules included drought management, emergency response, truck and trailer safety, and COVID-19 resources.
Open to all individuals over 15 years of age. Tennessee residence not required for registration.
2021 Program dates and topics:
- January 14: Connect with your County Agent and Responsible Horse Ownership
- January 21: Pasture Management
- January 28: Nutrition I (Equine digestive system, feeding fundamentals and rules, forage test, basic rations)
- February 4: Nutrition II (Rations for work, pregnancy/lactation/growth and feeding special conditions – senior, IR/EMS, starved)
- February 11: Waste Management
- February 18: Health I (Diseases and vaccines, monitoring health, emergency care)
- February 25: Health II (Internal and external parasites)
- March 4: Health III (Hoof care and common conditions)
- March 11: Equine Economics
- March 18: Training Programs
- March 25: Hot Topics and Graduation
All sessions run from 7-8:30pm Eastern time. Sessions will be recorded and posted within an online learning platform for later use.
Pre-registration: $150 per person, open until December 31, 2020
Late registration: $175 per person, open from January 1-13, 2021
Williamson County TMHP
Williamson County Extension is offering a hybrid program beginning in January 2021. For more information on this program, click below.