New training course available for "Equine Abuse Investigation" - Aug 2009

Horse council, cattlemen to develop course

July 18, 2009

The Kentucky Horse Council is partnering with the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association to develop a three-day training course for investigators which includes education on identifying neglect in horses cattle, sheep, goats, and swine.
The hands-on course is a continuation of the Level 1 Equine Abuse Investigation Training taught regularly by the council throughout the state.

Prior Level 1 course attendees working in law enforcement and animal control may apply for admission to the Level 2 Livestock Neglect course.

"Educating those responsible for investigating livestock neglect improves the condition of horses and all livestock throughout the Commonwealth," said Madelyn Millard, president of the council's board.

"Those who work in the industry and care for livestock on a daily basis, whether it be horses, cattle or otherwise, are best qualified to set standards and educate animal control officers and law enforcement officials," she said.

Attendees will learn how to handle, restrain, and transport a variety of livestock species through classroom and interactive sessions over the course of three days.

In addition they will learn how to body condition score, recognise and treat common ailments, recognise appropriate livestock housing and handling facilities, strategies for managing confiscated horses, and how to apply constitutional law to animals.

"With the urbanisation of Kentucky we regularly see a decreased understanding of livestock production," said Dave Maples, executive director of the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association.

"It is our hope that through this and other courses we can increase the understanding of the nature and behavior of livestock so that when an incident occurs it can be managed effectively and with the best possible outcome for all involved."

Conducted in partnership with Morehead State University (MSU), the course will be held at the Derrickson Agriculture Complex at the MSU Farm August 12 - 14, 2009. Guest instruction will be provided by a lawyer specialising in equine law, an expert in Kentucky animal abuse statutes and faculty from MSU, including Dr Tammy Platt, Dr Phil Prater, Dr Troy Wistuba, and Dr Judy Willard. Cost to attend the three day training is $US75 per attendee. Limited scholarships for tuition are available. For more information or to register for the class visit or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509 or email

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