Act Early to Reserve Your Program Spot

University of Tennessee equine lecturer Lacey Johnston speaks to the first TMHP class on Equine Senses, Communication and Herd Behavior. Image courtesy UTIA.​

University of Tennessee Extension and the UT Animal Science Department announce Tennessee Master Horse programs (TMHPs) to be held across the state in the months of January, February and March 2018. The TMHP is an educational program designed to provide science-based equine nutrition, management and health information applicable to all horse owners and those interested in equine well-being.

The program uses a combination of classroom discussion and hands-on teaching to cover a wide variety of equine-related topics, and attendees will receive knowledge needed to implement best management practices on their operations and improve equine care.

Topics covered at each program include equine nutrition, responsible horse ownership, equine health care, pasture management, equine economics and waste management. Other topics discussed in each course may include equine law and liability; hot topics or current issues; vices (stereotypies) and problem behavior; and equine senses, communication and behavior.

Program dates, locations and cost vary based on course offerings, with details included below for each program. Attendees paying the full registration fee will receive access to all course dates listed, educational materials, meals and incentives upon completion of the program. If an audit fee is available, admission to the course dates and meals are covered, but no educational materials or incentives will be administered. Note: registrants must attend all sessions listed to complete the program.

Although some programs are listed by the counties offering the program, attendees do not need to be residents of those counties to participate. Dates and locations are listed below:

Roane and Morgan County TMHP, Oliver Springs, Tenn.
February 1, 6, 8, 13 and 20, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST
Contact Jenni Goodrich at​ or 423-346-3000 

Cheatham/Robertson/Sumner County TMHP, Springfield, Tenn.
February 15 and 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST
February 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST
Contact Jeffrey Hester at or 615-684-5971 

Middle Tennessee TMHP, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
January 23 and 30; February 6, 13, 20 and 27; March 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST
Contact Kim Hall at or 615-898-771 or David Cook at or 615-862-5995

Upper East Tennessee TMHP, Elizabethton, Tenn.
February 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, and 26; March 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST
Contact Kathleen Wilson at or 423-542-1818 

Fayette and Tipton counties TMHP, Millington, Tenn.
February 15, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST
February 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST
February 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  CST​
Contact Becky Muller at​ or 901-476-0231 and/or Jeffrey Via at or 901-465-5233

If you need additional information or are interested in attending, please visit the website​ or contact your local county Extension office or Jennie Ivey, UT Extension equine specialist, at

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Contact: Dr. Jennie L. Ivey,, 865-974-3157​