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Registration Open for Livestock Investigation Training August 5-7, 2015

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Kentucky Horse Council

Katy Ross

Executive Director

(859) 367-0509





Lexington, KY (July 1, 2015) – The Kentucky Horse Council’s Livestock Investigation Training is back this summer and will be held from August 5th-7th at Morehead State University.  Registration is now open to all county and state officials, such as Animal Control Officers, Sheriffs, and Police Officers.  


Developed by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) in partnership with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) with input from experienced enforcement officers, veterinarians, and livestock producers, this three-day course is tailored to the needs of the Commonwealth.


This summer’s training is a Level I training, where attendees will learn how to handle horses and cattle, assess body condition score in both species, identify situations that need intervention, and apply Kentucky statutes to animal cases. Attendees also practice handling and evaluating live horses and cattle as well as examining Kentucky statutes and enforcement procedures.

The 2015 agenda is: 

Level I Livestock Investigation Training

August 5-7, 2015

Day 1 – Horse 101 (Optional)

8:00 am           Registration

8:30 am           Welcome & Introductions

9:00 am           Introduction to Horses                                    

10:00 am         Horse Behavior                                   

11:00 am         Horse Safety                           

12:00pm          Lunch

1:00 pm           Anatomy

2:00 pm           Colors & Markings & Breed Differences

3:00 pm           Haltering & Leading

4:00 pm           Grooming

5:00 pm           Review/Wrap Up


Day 2 – Step I Investigation

8:00 am           Registration

8:30 am           KHC Programs

9:00 am           Before you Investigate             

10:00 am         What Do Horses Require?  Acceptable Minimum Standards of Care  

11:00 am         Investigation – Documentation is Critical                   

12:00 pm         Lunch

12:30 pm         Identifying Individual Horses in the herd               

2:00 pm           Body Condition Scoring Horses

3:30 pm           Making the Case - Documentation & Photography                 

5:00 pm           Wrap Up


Day 3 – Step II Recovery & Building a Case

8:30 am           Body Condition Scoring Cattle                                   

9:45 am           Cattle Handling Tips

11:15 am         Horse Trailer Loading & Transporting                        

12:30 pm         Lunch

1:00 pm           The Decision to Feed in Place or Confiscate

1:30 pm           Vital Signs                  

2:30 pm           Vet Care for the Neglected/Starving Horse

3:30 pm           Re-feeding the Starving Horse – Equine Nutrition                  

4:30 pm           Wrap Up & Written Review


Peace Officers attending the training are eligible for Continuing Education Units through the Department of Criminal Justice Training.


Cost to attend the three day training is $100 per officer. Out of state officials may attend at $250 per officer. Limited scholarships for tuition are available.


For more information or to register for the class, click here, or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509.


ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.


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