I know I mention my friends at the Rutgers Equine Science Center pretty frequently. I mean, they are the ones who have made me into an internet celebrity after all! But now YOU can have a chance to meet my friends and find out what the Rutgers Equine Science Center is all about IN PERSON! Ever want to see a horse run on a treadmill? Or maybe you’d like to explore the real Ryders Lane Farm that’s featured in the ever-so-popular “Fun on the Farm” game on the Equine Science 4 Kidswebsite? Well now’s your chance!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…a white Standardbred colt?! You heard it straight from the horse’s mouth folks, an unusual occurrence in the horse world happened at Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, New Jersey about a month ago with the birth of a white Standardbred colt! Everyone knows the significance of odds when it comes to horse racing, but the chances of a white Standardbred are so slim that it hasn’t happened in nearly 15 years! The unique color comes as a result of a gene mutation; most Standardbreds are usually dark bay, with an occasional grey or chestnut. So I guess you can say this little guy is anything but “standard”!
And the Preakness ends with a photo finish!! I’m so excited for my thoroughbred friend and potential Triple-Crown winner…it just so happens that “I’ll Have Another” is one of my most frequently used phrases (you all know my affection for confections)! Being in the spotlight can put a lot of pressure on my equine friends, and just like humans, horses can get stressed out too.
Did everyone watch the race on Saturday? It was so thrilling, I even put down the mint julep I had in one hoof (in celebration of the Derby) and the taco I had in the other (in celebration of Cinco de Mayo) to cheer for my athletic friends! What a great race!
This weekend, some noteworthy equine athletes will be participating in an event located nearby to the place that I call home…the Horse Park of New Jersey! This competition will showcase the equestrian sport of 3-day eventing, and is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s “Jersey Fresh” initiative. The event, which runs from Friday (5/11) through Sunday (5/13), attracts some of the nation’s best riders and is fantastic fun for the entire family!
With spring in the air, I’ve been hard at work shedding my fur-coat in anticipation for the warmer weather. My owner affectionately refers to this joyous time as “Shedgate”, “Shedmageddon”, and “Tshedami” among other satires.
In addition to eating and napping (and blogging, of course!), I do a lot of thinking. Especially in my old age, I realize that there are many things I have to be thankful for; green grass to eat, fresh water to drink, good friends, caretakers who give me lots of attention and love, and a computer on which to keep in touch with my loyal fans; I have a large following! So as I was browsing the web the other day, I came across one of those horse classified websites and began poking around.
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and I’ve been racking my brain on what to get my girlfriend HugMe Christi to show my affections. She’s the best pasture-mate I could ask for; always there to look over me while I take my afternoon naps, graze by my side, and help me get the flies off any hard to reach places. Not only is she my special someone, but my best friend as well, so it’s only fitting to get her something special to show her how much I care!
…horses may get more treats! It’s a win-win scenario!
We all know that these are tough economic times, and sometimes it can be hard to find ways to save money. Of course, owning a horse can be a big expense and my friends at the Rutgers Equine Science Center are hosting a seminar to show you how to make it more economical! So round up your friends and join us!
Do your parents like to wake up to a hot cup of coffee in the morning? Since horses don’t drink coffee (that would be downright silly!) the first thing I do after I open my eyes to the morning sun is head over to my waterer and get a nice cool drink. But as I was going through my daily routine the other morning, I realized something wasn’t quite right…my liquid sustenance was missing! So I started searching for it. I pushed my waterer around with my nose to see if maybe it was underneath, but when I realized there was no way to move the waterer around on my own, I had to bring in some backup. I saw one of my caretakers nearby and yelled, “Hey, can you help me move this thing? I think my water is trapped underneath!” (or at least that’s what it seemed like to me and the other horses!) I don’t think the caretaker understood what I was saying, but I got her attention nonetheless. Thanks to a little handy work on the well pump, the bowl was filled to the brim with sparkling clean water which I slurped up like a dry sponge! With my thirst quenched, I continued on with my day as usual (mostly eating and napping), but I’ll never forget how nervous I was at the thought of not having water to drink!
I hope everyone had a happy New Year! It was hard for an old guy like me to stay up past my bedtime to celebrate, but I was told that the horses were getting pretty rambunctious around midnight! Of course they were excited about the turning of the New Year, but January 1st holds a special place in many of our big horsey hearts. Can you guess why? I’ll give you a hint…it has something to do with horse racing and many other breeds of horses that compete!
I’m Lord Nelson, a 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.