LINCOLN, Neb. -- Those looking for the latest news and information about horses need look no further than HorseQuest, a new interactive Web site from the national eXtension project.



The Web site at www.extension.org/horses contains information ranging from finding the best horse for a child to riding techniques, horse diseases, nutrition and care.



The eXtension project, of which University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is a leader, produced HorseQuest, the first of many Web sites that will bring the educational resources of Extension nationwide, said Elbert Dickey, dean and director of UNL Extension.



"It's the best of the best university research-based education on horses," Dickey said.



HorseQuest provides frequently asked questions, ask the expert features, online chats, news and events and in-depth learning lessons on equine-related topics, said Kathy Anderson, UNL horse specialist, who was intricately involved with HorseQuest.



"It's a great venue for horse producers across the state and it will only grow, Anderson said. "Right now, people are only seeing a glimpse of what they're going to get."



The frequently-asked-question feature includes the most commonly asked questions and peer-reviewed answers on horse ownership and care. The ask an expert section offers equine expert answers within 48 hours of submission. Online chat sessions are scheduled routinely with experts in each subject area matter.



News and upcoming events offer something nearly everyday that is happening in the world of horses, while the learning lessons offer interactive lessons on the costs of horse ownership, selecting the right horse and more.



"And, HorseQuest is only the beginning for eXtension," Dickey said. "Twenty more sites will come online in the next few months -- each of them organized around a community of interest designed to mine extension experts' knowledge from across the nation and represent it in a dynamic, accessible Web-based format."



The new U.S. land-grant university project -- eXtension, pronounced e-extension -- will continue to bring resources from the nation's largest non-formal education system, the Cooperative Extension Service, to broader audiences via the Internet.



Other eXtension Web sites coming online soon include financial security, imported fire ants, disaster response, parenting, rural entrepreneurship, horticulture and wildfire damage management. All will feature a similar approach to that of HorseQuest.



For more information about eXtension, visit the Web at www.extension.org/.



SOURCE: University of Nebraska news release.