Midway Branch Library to host ‘Everything Equine’
Children and adults in the community are invited to participate in “Everything Equine” at the Midway Branch Library on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hands-on learning opportunity will give participants a chance to experience a day in the life of a Thoroughbred horse by being able to touch and see the medical equipment used by a veterinarian. “(Participants can) look at a bucket of sweet feed and taste it if they want to,” said program coordinator Suzanne Conrad. “See what it’s like to sit on a jockey’s saddle, and listen to a jockey talk about what it’s like to ride that horse on a racetrack.” Everything Equine will also educate young people about careers in the industry, including some they may have never considered, Conrad said. She said McCauley Feed will provide a model of the digestive system of a horse and the sweet feed for Saturday’s program. Cynthia Grisolia of Old Friends Retirement Farm in Scott County will bring items used for the hands-on care provided to its retirees, she added. Also, Woodford County farrier Nate Wyatt (he and his family are regular patrons of the library) will bring his truck so he can demonstrate how his tools are used to care for a horse’s hoofs. “They have all welcomed (this special program) as a chance to educate (others in the community) about what they do – what their piece of the equine pie is, if you will,” said Conrad. “We wanted to start small and have five exhibitors. And if there’s enough interest then next year we can grow a little bit,” she added. “Everything Equine” is scheduled to take place in the Midway branch library’s parking lot so visitor parking will be moved to Northside Elementary School for this free program. “While they’re here visiting us … Saturday,” said Conrad, “we would like for them to come inside the library and see what’s within the walls of the library as well as what’s in the parking lot.” Everyone participating in Saturday’s library program will also be registered for a drawing to win four free day passes to the Kentucky Horse Park.