Horse owners will learn health care, behavior and tack tips at the Missouri Livestock Symposium on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1.

Horse owners will learn health care, behavior and tack tips at the Missouri Livestock Symposium on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1.

Internationally recognized horse trainer Julie Goodnight of Poncha Springs, Colo. will headline the Equine section this year with three talks aimed at making better and safer horse owners. Her topics include, “Overcome Fear of Horses and Riding,” “Find and Buy Your Perfect Horse” and “Avoid and Solve the Worst Riding Problems.”

Goodnight is an internationally respected trainer and clinician with experience in many types of training. She hosts clinics for horse owners worldwide and can be seen on her weekly RFD-TV program Horse Master with Julie Goodnight.

Dr. Martha Scharf, University of Missouri Veterinary School, will be another featured speaker, said Garry Mathes, Symposium chair. Dr. Scharf, certified in equine chiropractic, will discuss the tips and benefits of using chiropractic medicine in horses.

Also speaking in the horse section this year will be Dale Myler, Myler Bit Company in Marshfield. Myler’s extensive research into equine dentistry and physiology has evolved the understanding of not only the mechanics of bits but also how they can contribute to the communication between horse and rider. Dale will discuss “Communicating through your bit, choosing the right bit.”

The Livestock Symposium opens at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Saturday sessions run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Concurrent sessions by national leaders cover beef cattle, sheep, meat goats, forages, stock dogs, farm and ranch succession and more, Mathes said. The Symposium will once again feature a sold out agricultural trade show. All events will be at the Matthew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove, Kirksville.

There are no fees or advance registration.

Meals are coordinated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture with help from Missouri commodity groups. A beef dinner will be at 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday offers a Governor’s Style Lunch.

Keynote speaker Friday night is Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus, Virginia Tech. His topic: “Agriculture Today: It is what it is…what should we do about it?”

For details go to our website at www.missourilivestock.com or call the Adair County Extension Center in Kirksville at 660-665-9866.