The International Trails Symposium (previously referred to as the National Trails Symposium) will gallop into Fountain Valley, Arizona April 14 -17 for a full agenda of trail planning, events, presentations, get-togethers, trail rides and more.
Respected and nationally recognized clinician Bonnie Davis will give a presentation on “Weed Free Feed — fact or fiction?”. Many public land agencies are requiring the use of state Certified Weed Free Feeds before allowing equestrians to ride, camp or pack on public lands. But is weed free feed/forage REALLY noxious/invasive weed free?
Consulting and working with the California National Park Service, Davis designed and managed protocol for the NPS project to determine exactly what noxious/invasive weeds could be found in horse manure!
Samples were tested, dried and grown at Dominican University in an enclosed environment over the three year project. Results were peer reviewed and published in top scientific journals to provide scientific data regarding closing of public lands to equestrian uses.