Learn at Home

Explore the virtual education opportunities within Maryland's horse industry.

DEFHR
Days End Farm Horse Rescue
A national rescue and rehabilitation facility sheltering 110-150 horses annually in Lisbon. An MHIB Horse Discovery Center. Though not open to the public this year due to COVID-19, Days End Farm Horse Rescue has developed a wholesome range of educational equine content for your children while also giving a behind-the-scenes look at what everyone on their farm is up to amidst a global pandemic. Check out:

"Life on the Farm" video series on YouTube
Camp-In-a-Box
Virtual Education Program

CamplettsLearn


YMCA Camp Letts Equestrian Center
Edgewater, just south of Annapolis
Hosts a holistic horsemanship program, including equine husbandry and riding for children age 6 to adults. Lessons are taught by certified and/or academically trained instructors and offer online content through its Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Instagram:

YMCA Camp Letts Equestrian Center on Facebook
YMCA Camp Letts Equestrian Center YouTube Channel
YMCA Camp Letts Equestrian Center on Instagram

 

 UMD
Equine Studies at the University of Maryland
From printed information to recorded webinars, to “how-to” videos, the University of Maryland Equine Studies Program offers free online resources to help anyone learn to better manage a farm and improve horse care. Details on pasture management, horse nutrition, and a variety of other topics are all available to search and review on your own time, at your own pace. Find all this and more on the website and follow the social media page for program updates.

Equine Studies at the University of Maryland Website
Equine Studies at the University of Maryland Facebook page

horsesforcourses



School Horse Curriculum: Horses for Courses!
The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) program is happy to share this curriculum guide with farm-based educators and non-formal teachers who work with Horse Discovery Center stables and equine centers open to school group visits. Horses for Courses raises the level of public awareness of Maryland’s equestrian/equine traditions and the positive impact of horses on the quality of life in Maryland by blending history and science education with dynamic, fun, hands-on lessons for grades 4 through 8. 

SMADC


Horse Extra from Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
A comprehensive local guide for equine enthusiasts with more than 80 listings featuring horse barns and stables, feed and tack suppliers, equine organizations, riding trails, and more. The Southen Maryland Horse Extra is produced by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland as a means to assist and promote the region’s horse farms and horse-related businesses and is compiled with information from sources throughout the state and in response to SMADC’s inquiries.

MCTA


Maryland Combined Training Association (MCTA)
The MCTA organizes a nationally recognized Horse Trials in May at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This competition offers all levels, Novice through Advanced. The club also manages two “unrecognized” horse trials. One in June in Southern Maryland — the Starter Horse Trials and one in November held at Tranquility Manor Farm in Jacksonville Maryland. “Jenny Camp” as the fall horse trials is known, is one of the oldest competitions of its kind in our area. MCTA also holds numerous clinics and now Webinar Series such as Equine First Aid and Safely Returning to Competition

MAT

 

 
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Magazine
The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the only monthly magazine dedicated to the Thoroughbred industry in the region, serves to promote Thoroughbred breeding and racing in the eight-state Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The magazine provides news, information, education and entertainment to Thoroughbred owners, trainers, breeders and enthusiasts throughout the region.

Equiery

 

 
The Equiery
The Equiery is an information and advertising publication for the Maryland equestrian community published by the Maryland Horse Council 12 times a year (monthly). The publication is distributed, free, in tack shops and feed shops in & around Maryland. Each issue is also available in digital format on equiery.com. For more information on equestrian services in Maryland, please contact us 1-800-244-9580 or 410-489-7826 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pasture and Manure Management Tips for Horse Owners

Pasture and Manure Management Tips for Horse Owner
Best Management Practices that You Can Use. The Horse Outreach Workgroup (HOW) provides information to horse owners on pasture and manure management issues. Technical assistance is provided by local soil conservation districts, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Maryland Extension. Workgroup members include representatives from local soil conservation districts, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Maryland Extension, the Equiery, and the Maryland Horse Industry Board. The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Office of Resource Conservation coordinates the workgroup. For more information, call the Office of Resource Conservation at 410.841.5865.

AgInsight


University of Maryland Extension’s latest Agricultural Newsletter for Baltimore County
The electronic version of the University of Maryland Extension’s latest Agricultural Newsletter for Baltimore County. The rest of the County Agricultural Newsletters can be viewed here: Ag Newsletters. Also, check out The Extension link here.