It’s time to dig out your comfy pants and find a seat at the dinner table! Thanksgiving is next week. While I hope you get to enjoy time with friends and family this Thanksgiving season, my favorite part of the holiday is always the great spread of food provided at the dinner table! I have a hard time deciding what my favorite dish is. There are just so many to choose from. I must admit cranberry sauce ranks among my favorites. It has the perfect combination of sweetness and tartness!

It’s here! The Rutgers Equine Science Center’s annual Evening of Science and Celebration is tomorrow and it’s back in-person. You’re invited to attend this fun event! Join us on Thursday, November 3rd 6:00 to 9:00 PM for a program packed full of science and celebration.

Have you seen all these pumpkins sitting on people’s porches and in their yards? I’ve been tempted to stop in to sneak a bite, but I decided that might be a bad idea. I don’t want to get in trouble for eating someone’s fall decorations! Here at the Equine Science Center, we’ve been partaking in the festivities! Our students, staff, and faculty gave pumpkin decorating their best effort. Wow! I have to say we have some really creative folks at the center. Check out the photo gallery for some inspiration as you embark on decorating your pumpkin.

I recently rediscovered podcasts. What a fun way to learn new things! I’ve found out that you can find a podcast on almost any subject. Even more exciting than listening to a podcast is listening to a podcast where someone you know is the guest star!

Having students back on campus is so much fun! They bring energy and enthusiasm to all of us working here. This is just one of the reasons Fall is my favorite time of the year. I am also really excited this year because the Animal Science Department has welcomed several new faculty members to its ranks. One of these, Dr. Taylor Ross, will also be a member of the Equine Science Center because of her background in and passion for horses. I thought all of you might like to meet her, especially since you’re likely to see her at future 4-H events.

I am happy to share that I am returning to my series on careers in the equine industry. This week I traveled to Northern New Jersey to interview Dr. Sarah Gold, a veterinarian with Furlong’s Soundness Center who specializes in rehabilitation. I got to see their cool facility and equipment while I was there! The staff made sure I was warmly welcomed, and I may have even sneaked a few treats out of them! Keep reading to find out more about Dr. Gold and her team!

I am so excited!! Students are moving in on campus. It’s hard to believe another year has rolled by and we are ready to start another great school year. In the past, I’ve shared with you some ways we can keep ourselves healthy and performing at peak levels during the entire school year. This includes things like getting a good night’s sleep and staying fit with regular exercise. Diet is another important factor to consider as you evaluate your lifestyle and how to perform your very best this school year.

If you’ve been paying attention to the world of horse racing, you’ll know it has been a summer of upsets. Rich Strike pulled out a surprising win as an 80 to 1 long shot in the Kentucky Derby. Just this past weekend Cool Papa Bell made history by pulling off the biggest upset in the history of the Hambletonian at 52 to 1 odds. I’ve always loved a good underdog story, so this summer has been an exciting one for me! While horse racing has offered some exciting spectacles this summer, there have been plenty of other things going on. One of these exciting events was the recent Hambletonian Continuing Education Seminar.

Have you ever stood in the feed store aisle and contemplated the vast array of supplements lining the shelves? I have and, whew, it’s exhausting. How do you sort through this massive amount of information to decide whether your horse needs a supplement and if so, which one? Well, our very own Dr. Carey Williams has authored a factsheet to help guide you through this decision making process. If you want all the details, you should visit the factsheet online. I’m going to go ahead and give you a brief recap with some of the important points in today’s blog.

I know it’s been a while, but I’m excited to be bringing you the latest post in my careers in the equine industry series! This is one of my favorite series to revisit because I get to learn so much about the equine industry and the people who work in it. I’m especially excited for this week’s dive into the life of a hay producer because we get to talk about one of my favorite things – hay!! This week I interviewed Mr. Ryck Suydam, a hay producer and farmer in Somerset County, New Jersey.