Ag Field Day at Rutgers Day is coming on April 30, from 10am – 4pm, and I’m so excited! My friends in the research herd will show their stuff on the treadmill, and answer YOUR questions about anything and everything that happens in the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory.
WHAT?!? You’ve never seen a horse on a treadmill?? Well, now’s your chance!! It’s really pretty cool. There will be TWO treadmill demos, the first at 1:00pm and the second at 2:00pm sharp! Late-comers will not be admitted in order to ensure the safety of our horses and guests. You’ve seen the video, you’ve played the game, “Exercising Horse Power”. Now see it for real!
Days are getting longer, the ground is getting softer (and muddier!) Coats are shedding and soon it will be time to store away winter blankets (for those of you who wear them!) As a horse it’s kind of tricky to scratch my own back, but if I get to take a good roll on the ground, it certainly does the trick!
Every winter, we at the Equine Science Center get asked, “Is it OK for horses to live outside? Shouldn’t they be brought in to a heated barn?” At the young age of 42, I prefer to live outside. I simply cannot be contained! Some of my equine friends, like the horses in the research herd here at Rutgers, also live outside 24/7. Other friends of mine go into a stall at night. Why the difference? Is one better than the other? Well, as with most things, the answer is, it depends!
It’s that time of year again where we show a little bit of love towards that special someone. You know what I’m talking about… Valentine’s Day!
But if you’re anything like me and don’t have a Valentine, you probably have found yourself with a lot of free time. Personally, I like to read in my spare time. I ended up finding multiple articles regarding horse’s hearts, and BOY have I read some pretty fascinating stuff!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With all of the holiday frenzy, events with friends and family, I am thrilled about these last few weeks of 2015! But of course, what you kids and I both want to know is what treats we can get our hands and hooves on. So, I have taken the reins here and found a couple of horse treat recipes.
These tasty combos below are from a couple followers on Pinterest. Check them out here. Making horse treats is fun for everyone and even fun to share! These recipes are a great gift idea or stocking stuffer for others also! Back to business; check out the recipes below.
I can’t believe we are in the middle of December and there hasn’t been any snow yet?! However, that doesn’t mean to put all your horse’s winter gear into storage and bring out the suntan lotion! Snow may be just around the corner. On the bright side, ...
With Thanksgiving approaching I thought that it would be the perfect time to give thanks for all the good things in our lives. Personally, I’m thankful for all of the sponsors and donors who help support taking care of us horses! Without the support of all of the Equine Science Center’s friends, the research that helps to keep us horses healthy and happy wouldn’t be able to get done.
I’m back again to talk to you more about equine viruses. In case you missed it, check out the other blog posts, “Ah-Ah-Ah-CHOO!” which was all about upper respiratory infections (URIs), “Swimming with Bugs,” and “Lockjaw!”.
With Halloween, around the corner, I want to share with you the scariest of all viruses. It has been known to turn ALL animals into…ZOMBIES!!! Aggressive, unbalanced, foaming at the mouth, convulsing, and a hunger for BRAINS! AHHHHH!
I took a little vacation and spent most of my time learning how to READ!
Yes, you heard that correctly, a horse learned to read.
I learned just in time to read science journalist, Wendy Williams’ latest book, “The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion” or ...
Are you up-to-date on your Tetanus shot?? Humans need to get a booster every 10 years, but horses need it every year. You may have been told to be careful around rusty nails because you can get tetanus. The rusty part isn’t what causes tetanus, but a toxin produced by bacteria called Clostridium tetani does. Get it, “tetani”, “tetanus”??!!
I’m Lord Nelson, a 42 year old American Quarter Horse.
My first job at Rutgers University was on mounted patrol. I also carried the Scarlet Knight mascot at football games. One day I became famous when I got excited, stepped onto the field and became the only horse in history to receive a penalty in a football game! And I’m curious and mischievous! I love to be outside, so don’t ever leave my stall door open. I love all kinds of food – just about nothing at a picnic is safe. I also don’t like cheese puffs. That cheetah on the bag scares me to death! After 22 years on mounted patrol, I’m proud to be back, working for the Rutgers Equine Science Center and telling everyone what I know.