Women Managing Horses

November 14, November 21, December 5 and December 12, 2019 | Clarion, Iowa

A four-session course focusing on equine management decisions.

What is Women Managing Horses?

This course offers women an opportunity to learn more about Iowa’s equine industry from a business and production perspective. The USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture reported nearly 55,000 horses, ponies, mules and donkeys on more than 9,000 farms in Iowa. The state’s total sales of equine was $19.7 million, ranking Iowa 11th in the nation.

As horse owners and business managers, women make important decisions about the equine in their care. Horses, ponies, mules, and donkeys are an important part of Iowa’s agricultural economy and landscape.

Sessions cover financial documentation and breakeven analysis, equine insurance, annual horse health care plans, evaluation of feed rations, marketing your equine business, environmental management, and land use decisions.

Course Curriculum

Costs of production
  • Understanding financial statements
  • Calculating break-even price points
  • Analyzing potential profitability
  • Accessing USDA farm programs
  • Marketing strategies
  • Building your brand
  • Marketing on the internet
  • Insurance
  • Knowing when to insure horses
  • Buying insurance for farm families
  • Understanding liability laws
  • Feeds and nutrition
  • Evaluating rations and feed regimes
  • Normal eating and drinking habits
  • Equine health care
  • Recognizing common diseases
  • Selecting treatment protocols
  • Designing an annual health care program
  • Environmental management
  • Choosing housing and fencing
  • Managing and disposing of manure
  • Assessing water and land use
  • Format

    • Topics of importance to your future in farming
    • Brief presentations and extended discussion with ag professionals
    • Practical hands-on activities
    • Decision making resources available to you
    • Networking with other horse women


    November 14, November 21, December 5 and December 12, 2019

    Meal 5:30 PM.
    Program begins at 6:00 PM and concludes at 9:00 PM.


    Wright County Extension and Outreach
    210 1st St SW
    Clarion, Iowa 50525

    Statewide sponsors

    Farm Credit Services




    Registration, prior to midnight, November 12, 2019

    During registration please indicate if you will be attending the course in Clarion or via internet live stream.

    Registration includes meal and course materials.


    • Registration deadline is midnight, November 7, 2019 extended to midnight, November 12, 2019. Pre-registration is required.
    • Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.
    • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering
    • To cancel your registration, or for assistance with registration, receipts, or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.


    Sarah Zwiefel

    Sarah Zwiefel
    outreach and marketing coordinator
    Wright County Extension

    Peggy Auwerda

    Peggy Auwerda
    Equine Extension and Outreach Specialist