Free Online Training Program focusing on human resource, liability, and farm safety issues.

Equine business professionals are invited to participate in a dynamic, online short course series where they will be connected with land grant universities, equine business experts, networking opportunities, and other invaluable resources. There are over 1 million horses and 162,000 horse farms in the North Central Region of the United States. It is estimated that 4.6 million Americans in the U.S. are involved in the horse industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. The industry employs 701,946 people directly.


5 Courses and 5 Webinars — For Free!

Five online short courses developed for horse industry professionals will be offered with a focus on contract/employee labor law, liability issues, working with youth and volunteers, immigration documentation, and farm safety practices.

These courses include:

  • Live webinars
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Decision making tools
  • Online resources

Webinar speakers include experts from the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University and an expert on equestrian safety from Michigan State University. Upon completion of each course participants will receive a certificate of completion. These courses are offered free of charge.

Registration is required. Live webinars will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM EST but will also be recorded and available for later on-demand viewing.

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Webinar Topics and Schedule

Webinar Date Webinar Topic View Now
February 7 Contract/Employee Labor Law: When is a Worker a Horse Operation Employee? View Recording
February 14 Liability Issues of Horse Operations and Veterinary Practices View Recording
February 21 Youth and Volunteers: Enabling Experience without Jeopardizing Your Horse Operation View Recording
February 28 Ensuring Proper Documentation to Enable Employment on Horse Operations View Recording
March 7 Best Practices for a Safe and Efficient Facility View Recording



The Equine Business Network

Equine industry professionals are also encouraged to join the Equine Business Network (EBN) community through Facebook and Twitter. Through partnerships with eXtension/horses and My Horse University, EBN offers an array of free online resources and networking opportunities for equine businesses.

Funded in part by a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center, the Equine Business short course series is a collaborative effort between My Horse University, eXtension/horses, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, and the University of Nebraska.