From the Director

Winter 2018

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends of the Rutgers Equine Science Center,

Here’s to hoping 2018 will be a fabulous year for our human and equine friends alike! We certainly were spoiled with unseasonably warm weather right up until Christmas Day, before things took a turn for the worst with the recent arctic blast. Please check out Lord Nelson’s recent Blog Post on whether or not you should blanket your horse this winter season. We just completed our 2016-2017 Annual Report. It is our gift to you for the New Year! Please take a moment to review the latest research and outreach efforts from Center faculty, students, and staff. Feel free to share the link with all of your fellow equestrians.

I was busy during the fall semester writing up research results from some past work. The research conducted by Ryan Avenatti for his Ph.D. dissertation in Dr. Ken McKeever’s and my lab on “The Effect of Age and Exercise on Heat Shock Proteins” was recently accepted for publication in Comparative Exercise Physiology. I also submitted the manuscript for the effects of equine assisted therapy on horse stress parameters after interaction with humans diagnosed with PTSD. The paper is currently under external review for Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.

The annual Evening of Science and Celebration was held on November 9 at the Cook Student Center. The evening is truly a blur since I served as emcee and presented the keynote lecture. Prior to the dinner, the Rutgers University Board for Equine Advancement members hosted an intimate VIP reception for friends and potential donors. For pictures from the event check out the photo album on our Facebook page. We had an all-time record crowd with lots of young people in attendance. The date we picked fell on a night when there was no school the following day, due to the NJEA convention, so many 4-Hers and Pony Clubbers came out to support our event. Brittany Smith from Warren County’s 4-H Horse Program opened the evening with a wonderful presentation on the “History of the Triple Crown Races.” This was followed by my lecture titled “The Effects of Equine Assisted Therapy on Stress Parameters in Horses and Veterans with PTSD.”  Congratulations to our two award winners: Laurie Landy, of Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, was the recipient of the 2018 Spirit of the Horse award; Dorsett Farms was the recipient of the 2018 Gold Medal Horse Farm award.

I hope to see you all on Sunday, February 11, 2018 for the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The over-arching theme is Gastrointestinal Health and Management” and will feature presentations by several equine experts.

In addition to the educational presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, networking opportunities with industry companies and area organizations, and ample time for one-on-one discussions with the day’s presenters.

Complete program, registration information, and seminar brochure can be found Here.

All the Best, 


Karyn Malinowski, Ph.D.

Director, Equine Science Center