Healthy Horse Clinic



A Horse Health and Wellness Clinic will be presented at Tipping Bucket Farm, 987 Townline Road, Washington Island, Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

“The Clinic will assist 4-H members, Island visitors and residents to provide better care for their animals,” said 4-H leader/mentor Joe Elmore.

Presenters include:

Liv Sandberg, UW–Extension State Equine Specialist Liv has been an Extension/teaching faculty member in the department of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison for 10 years.  She serves both youth and adult equine organizations and clients across the state; developing and delivering educational programs and events as well as providing information and research resource information to county agents and individuals. Liv has been teaching equine courses for over 15 years.

Sarah Mills-Lloyd, DVM—UW-Extension Oconto County Agriculture Agent Sarah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.  Prior to working for UW-Extension, she was an associate veterinarian with Valley Veterinary Clinic and the Pulaski Veterinary Clinic.  While in veterinary practice, Sarah handled and cared for the “everyday” horse providing all-around wellness care in addition to also being a horse owner herself.

“Washington Island has around sixty horses,” said Brenda Russell, 4H leader/mentor. “I’m thankful these people are willing to come to our island and thrilled that this clinic is open to the community.”

This interactive, hands-on event will demonstrate with four Island horses during the presentations. Participants will meet seven-year-old Jet an American Paint thoroughbred, Prancer a nine-year-old Pony of America (POA), Wind a twenty-five year old Arabian, and eleven-year-old Misty, an Appaloosa.

“A diversity of age, breed and horse gender will provide an interesting mix for instruction and learning,” reports farm owner, Valerie Fons.

“Understanding the ‘Inner Buggers’ – Managing Internal Parasites”
Liv Sandberg

“Hit Me with Your Best Shot—Vaccination and Disease Review”
Sarah Mills-Lloyd, DVM

“Body Condition Scoring” Liv Sandberg

“Horse Health Evaluation” Sarah Mills-Lloyd and Liv Sandberg

“Dawn VandeVoort, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Door County Extension Specialist is attending the clinic,” Valerie said.  “Dawn is our County go-to person for 4-H guidance.  Aerica Bjurstrom, Agriculture Agent, UW Extension – Kewaunee County is the point person organizing the resource people and agenda for the Clinic.”

“Liv is an excellent hand’s on horse person,” said Aerica.  “We have structure for the Clinic so we can plan the day, but we are open to the questions of the participants and needs of the horse community.”

This free Clinic is sponsored by the Washington Island 4-H Club, Washington Island Horse & Pony Club, and University of Wisconsin Extension of Kewaunee and Door Counties.

Donations are accepted for the Washington Island Horse & Pony Club. Bring a dish to pass for the noon potluck. Chairs are available for those wanting to sit down and tables will be set for lunch. Tipping Bucket Farm has plenty of indoor barn space in the event of rain.  Contact Brenda Russell, (920) 535-0122 if you need more information. Reservations are not required.

“This Clinic will be a chance for the Horse & Pony Club and 4-H to give back to our Island community,” said Evy Beneda.