Achoo! All of this horse hair floating around in the air makes my nose itch. I can feel it twitching as I sit here writing. It feels wonderful to get rid of my thick winter hair coat! I also enjoy the extra time my friends spend grooming me. The shedding of winter hair signals the beginning of spring for me. Spring is not only marked by piles of horse hair. This season also brings fresh green grass (yum!) and a vet visit for my spring vaccinations (yikes!).
If you’re like me, you occasionally need a refresher on things you’ve learned in the past. Well, I was browsing the Equine Science Center’s website the other day and to my horror found I had forgotten what I could find there! I decided my readers might appreciate a brief overview of the Equine Science Center, the resources we can offer you, and opportunities for involvement.
I’m hopeful there are signs of spring in the air! The snow is finally starting to melt. It was fun while it lasted, but I’m ready to start nibbling on some tender green grass shoots. Spring also brings the Junior Breeders Symposium. As you might guess, this year’s event with be virtual. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 9am to noon.
What do my readers think of all this snow that has fallen? It has me kicking up my heels in the morning! In between these bouts of fun, I’ve been doing some serious planning. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and I want to give my sweetheart the perfect day. I’ve discovered some fun facts about the horse’s heart along the way. Hearts are, after all, the shape we associate with Valentine’s Day. Of course, I want to share my newfound knowledge with you!
I can’t believe it’s that time of year again, but the Horse Management Seminar is almost upon us! You all know how much I love learning, so this is one of my favorite times of the year. Like everything else the Horse Management Seminar will look a little different this year. While I and everyone else at the Equine Science Center would love to see your smiling faces on campus, we know that’s not possible. We have taken the Horse Management Seminar to a virtual platform! You can watch from the comfort of your very own home. (I might even wear my pajamas to the event. Don’t tell anyone, though!) Now you can join us for three evenings packed with educational content. Go ahead and mark you calendars for February 1st, 8th, and 15th at 6:30-8:30 PM ET.
Welcome to the New Year! Brrrrr! These last couple of months have brought some cold weather. I watch all my two-legged friends bundling up in all their layers and shake my head in wonderment. They don’t understand the joy of a morning frolic in the crisp weather. This is the perfect weather to show off my best moves! (It’s even more fun when the mares next door are looking my way.)
Happy New Year from the folks here at the Equine Science Center! Like many of you I am looking forward to the new year and the new beginnings it brings. The new year is also the perfect time to set some goals for the year. You do have an entire year stretching out in front of you, waiting to be filled up with good things.
The holiday season is upon us once again. As usual, I suggested to my friends at the Equine Science Center that we make a fun video for the holiday season. I thought we would be making treats once again. Last year was one of my favorite years because I got to taste test all the holiday horse treats! Turns out my friends at the Center had a different idea in mind for this year – holiday horse wreaths. Now, I was a little skeptical to begin with. I can’t eat a wreath. I believe good food is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Turns out, though, wreath making can be fun! Grab your crafting supplies and join us in making your very own holiday horse wreath!
I’ve been busy supervising my two-legged friends at the Equine Science Center to make sure they have the correct supplies for Thanksgiving. As you might guess, my menu for the day includes some sugary doughnuts! Some of the traditional Thanksgiving foods have me turning my nose up, but any holiday that includes food is a win for me. You all know food is one of the most important things in my life, which makes Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays. This year, though, Thanksgiving feels especially important. I think we are all in need of a day to sit down and count our many blessings.
I am thankful for the veterans who have served our country. If you know a veteran or see one today, make sure you say, “Happy Veterans Day” and thank you for your service”! What else can we do to show our appreciation for the veterans in our life? Well, it turns out that spending some time with me and my four-legged friends might be a good choice. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you! Afterall, anyone in the equine industry will tell you that spending time with a horse is a great way to improve your mood and make your day a bit brighter!
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.