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August 16, 2006

Franklin horse tour draws crowd

Girl with horse
This horse makes a new friend during the Franklin County Farm Tour. (Photo courtesy of Carey Johnson, The Franklin Times)

More than 140 horse enthusiasts attended the popular 12th Annual Franklin County Farm Tour on Saturday, Aug. 5. Three area farms were featured, each showcasing a new barn design or equine product. Sharing “horse sense” and educating both present and future equine owners was the primary purpose of the tour.

Educational programs focused on the topics economics of barn establishment, horse riding safety, adequate insurance coverage for the farm, government funds available to the horse owner and forage management. On-farm demonstrations included new forage varieties, pasture aeration and watering systems.

This was the largest horse farm tour yet. Local and regional businesses continue to support the event with sponsorship of lunch, refreshments and door prizes. The 12-member Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee assisted livestock agent Martha Mobley with planning and conducting this educational event, one of many offered for horse owners in the area.

Upcoming horse-related events include the 3rd Annual Franklin County educational Trail Ride on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Double D Equestrian Center near Louisburg and a winter educational mini-series in 2007. Also, area equine professionals will assist in teaching the “Horse Boarding 101” session during the Nov. 18 Successful Small Farm Opportunities Conference in Louisburg. For more information on the Franklin County equine program, contact Martha Mobley, Extension agent, at 919.496.3344 or visit http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.

Posted by Natalie at August 16, 2006 01:16 PM