Wednesday 26th March, 2014
2:45pm to 3:05pm
One of the foundational reasons for the development of eXtension was to be able to reach people with quality information 24/7/365. The HorseQuest CoP has taken that idea out of the computer and into the smartphone with the development of apps for use to assessment of body condition; one of the primary contributors to assessing overall horse well-being. Two apps will be presented in this session. The first app, Healthy Horse, was developed by Dr. Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota, for use calculating weights of horses of all breeds. The ability to do this accurately is integral to proper nutritional management. The second app that will be presented is Equine Body Condition Scoring. This app was developed by Dr. Kathleen Anderson (University of Nebraska) and Dr. Colleen Brady (Purdue University) using optimization funds provided to the CoP. This app has both computer and smartphone applications. Interested individuals can complete a learning lesson on how to body condition score their horse; and why this is important. This learning lesson is free of charge. Users will have the opportunity to purchase the app out of the learning lesson for their personal use on their smartphone. This app will be useful not only to individual horse owners, but also to the owners of equine businesses. This app will have the capacity to record photos of individual horses with their identification, and their condition score, with a date and time stamp. This will make it a valuable tool for professionals who may want to document the condition of horses coming in to and leaving their facilities; and to members of law enforcement who are assessing and documenting animal neglect cases. We look forward to sharing these two new apps with members of the eXtension community.
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