Webinars are a powerful virtual learning tool because they can be viewed live—which gives opportunities for interaction with speakers and attendees—or on-demand. In most cases, even the live broadcasts are archived and available for unlimited replay. They also are an affordable option to attending in-person conferences or workshops. There might be some great presenters and topics, but traveling to attend them in person isn’t realistic from a time or budget standpoint.
For webinars, depending on the host, the cost can range from no fee, to free but requires registration, to a nominal fee.
The best place to look for webinars is through the organizations you belong to. Many offer webinars as a membership benefit.
Extension agencies and groups that advocate on behalf of the horse industry also offer webinars. Feed companies and other manufacturers in the industry might also offer webinars as a way to share helpful and technical information about their products and the health of horses.
These four webinar series are just an idea to get you started exploring the possibilities.
Penn State University Extension: PSU Extension’s catalog covers a range of horse care topics such as understanding and managing parasites to composting on horse farms to updates on EHV-1.
Equine Seminar Series by Cornell University: Experts present monthly talks on important equine health and management topics. The seminars are free to attend and open to the public.
SmartPak Equine: SmartPak Equine offers webinars ranging from joint and lameness to nutrition, supplements, colic prevention, and more. Each is led by an expert in the field who can answer the technical questions you may have about a specific aspect of horse care.
United States Hunter Jumper Association (USJA): The USHJA webinar series offers free, easy access to relevant topics featuring industry professionals for equestrians to view from anywhere. The spring 2021 series includes how QuickBooks can help equine businesses, bridle fit and attire, and safety vests.