Hay Folks, 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 bucking with excitement! Can you guess why?? Sally Ike is coming to the Rutgers farm on September 29th. Maybe she will autograph my halter! I think I might faint if she did!
If you’re not as excited as I am, then you must not know who she is and what she has accomplished.
The thing I love most about these hot days is taking a drink…or a dip in a cool lake or stream. Some might say that I’m a SEAHORSE! Cooling off in a river seems like a good idea, but it can also be home to nasty bacteria that can make me sick.
Do you remember Stardust’s blog post about viruses that mosquitoes carry?? If not, then quickly click here for a quick refresher! Mosquitoes are still out in full force and are expected to remain into the fall season, so make sure your horse is up to date on their vaccines!
All caught up?? Good. Now it time to talk about other viruses and bacterial diseases we, four-legged creatures can get and the vaccines created by amazing scientists to protect us and keep us healthy.
This summer has been full of AMAZING races and it didn’t end with the Kentucky Derby! There are two important races in New Jersey in August: The 48th Haskell Invitational and the 90th Hambletonian Stakes! No wonder why New Jersey’s state animal is a horse! The Haskell race is on Sunday, August 2nd and the Hambletonian is on Saturday, August 8th. Now I know what I’m doing the first two weekends in August! Luckily, there are not on the same day. Phew!
Are you jumping with excitement for all the fairs, festivals, and petting zoos this summer?? I know I can’t contain myself!! At Rutgers, we even had some visitors stop by for our annual Summer Showcase and I was the star of the show. (Not to toot my own horn or anything…) Check me out…
Hay Everyone, The Fourth of July is tomorrow and that means barbecues, HOT DOGS, (Mmm mmm mmm) and of course fireworks! Fireworks are magnificent and a great way to celebrate. But in a horse’s mind, the loud sounds and bright lights can mean “something is attacking me!” and ...
I’ve been walking around my barn with a fly swatter trying to get all these PESKY FLIES!! All day long, it’s Buzz-Buzz-Bite-Buzz-Buzz-Bite! And then I spend the rest of the day scratching. Luckily for me, the staff at Rutgers is putting up some protective measures against flies for my friends and me. You can even do some of these tips at your own barn.
Happy (Belated) Sire’s Day!
Many of today’s great racehorses have come from a long line of strong and fast sires. One might say they have royal blood pumping through their veins! England isn’t the only one with its own set of monarchies!
I may not be a princess but my pops is Muscles Yankee (pictured on the left) and had a lifetime earnings of $1,424,938 on the racetrack and sired 13 MILLIONAIRES! At least I know where I get my speed and my gorgeous good looks! (Photo credit: www.perretti.com/cms/index.php/muscles-yankee)