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Internet Surfers Riding High On OSU's Electronic Horse Pages

By Donald Stotts

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State University continues to take a hit, and another, and another, much to the pleasure of OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources officials and equine scientists.

"Hits" are slang for the number of times a particular site on the Internet is accessed.

Horse-related items continue to be among the most popular OSU items accessed by Net surfers. For the first half of 1996, nine of the 15 most reviewed educational fact sheets available through the OSU Animal Science Internet site were about the management and use of horses.

"Records indicate these electronic publications were viewed almost 3,000 times during the first half of the year," said Dave Freeman, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service equine specialist.

New educational materials are being added to the Division's electronic homepages on a weekly basis. Animal science materials can be accessed by contacting [http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/exten/].

OSU equine-related news stories also are featured in numerous horse and general agriculture electronic magazines on the Internet.

Freeman said while the Internet can be a convenient way to access information, horse owners and managers should not forget to drop by their local Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offices.

"Oklahoma Cooperative Extension offices have more than 30 informational fact sheets available on the production, management and care of horses," he said.

Three recently released fact sheets are OSU Extension Facts No. 3915, "Training Horses Safely;" No. 3916, "Record Keeping for Horse Breeding Activities;" and No. 9214, "Equine Infectious Anemia."

OSU Extension Facts No. 3915 relates horse behavior, principles of training procedures and safety practices for working around horses.

Anyone involved with breeding farm activities may want to review No. 3916, "Record Keeping for Horse Breeding Activities." This fact sheet focuses on what should be included in good record keeping, and supplies copies of records by which breeding and palpation can be monitored.

Newly established rules from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture are showcased in No. 9214, "Equine Infectious Anemia." This fact sheet also discusses EIA and the current standards of testing for the equine disease.

"These fact sheets soon will be added to our Internet site," Freeman said. "If you have a computer, the Internet provides a convenient way to get needed information. If you don't have a computer, it's still easy to get the information just by going down to the local Extension office."


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Oklahoma State University for allowing us to provide you with this information.


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