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      John Wood offers new online Equine Science class

      John Wood Community College is offering a new online course that clears up many misconceptions about horse care and give students the necessary tools to make the job easier.

      There's a lot more to caring for horses than making sure they are groomed and fed on time.

      John Wood Community College is offering a new online course that clears up many misconceptions about horse care and give students the necessary tools to make the job easier.

      John Wood's new horse equine science 1 class will focus on several areas related to horse care like shelter requirements, breed identification, proper feeding and training techniques.

      "We look at a little bit of the different trainers that are out there now," instructor Dr. Judith Reynolds said. "A lot of clinicians are available. And we do a project where we get to compare the techniques of a couple of trainers and that's kind of a fun thing."

      This intro to animal science course is one of many that John Wood offers to meet the needs of this district.

      "We are focused totally on this district and providing that service," John Wood director of public relations Tracy Orne said. "But we also know that to survive and to continually improve, we need to offer a lot of flexible options, a lot of online options to reach more people out of the district which helps strengthen the college, too."

      Instructor Judith Reynolds says the class will be especially helpful to people who have learned about horse care by trial and error.

      "You learn a little bit as you go," Reynolds said. "Especially if you're a horse owner, you're always learning things. But when you put it in that structure it makes it easier to get the whole package obviously and it keeps you kind of focused on it so you get that whole background."

      Dr. Judith Reynolds has a doctorate in nutrition, a master's in animal science and a bachelor's degree in biology.

      Sign-ups for the class have already started.

      The class begins on January 13th.