As promised, I am back with the next installment in my series on careers in the equine industry. We’re still learning about my favorite sector of the equine industry. Yes, that’s right it’s the feed industry! I never knew so much work went into creating the perfect horse feed. This week features an interview with Dr. Mary Beth Gordon. She’s a graduate of Rutgers University and now works for Purina Animal Nutrition.

After a bit of a break, I’ve returned to my series on careers in the equine industry. The next two blogs will feature interviewees who are from one of my absolute favorite sectors of the industry! You guessed it – the feed industry. Those treats and feed formulations dancing in my head will give me sweet dreams tonight. I tried to keep my drool to myself while conducting these interviews. Afterall, I wouldn’t want to appear unprofessional!

I’ve noticed a concerning trend since everyone has taken to working in front of their computer screens all day – people aren’t getting enough exercise. My four-legged friends and I get plenty of exercise, though. All this space in our pasture for romping is the perfect location to get all of my steps in! Do you know what happens when you exercise on a routine basis or train? What about when you stop exercising? Well, I have some answers for you this week.

I’m back with the final installment in the Back-to-School series. This week we’ll look at what it’s like to be a veterinary student. Elena Rizzo, a vet student at Michigan State University and graduate of Rutgers University, is our guest this week.

I am excited to bring you the next installment in my Back-to-School series. This week we’ll visit with Francesca Buchalski, an undergraduate student in the Department of Animal Science here at Rutgers University. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be very impressed with Francesca and her dedication. Can you guess the best part, though? Francesca is one of the students who works with us here at the Equine Science Center. She always remembers to bring in some doughnuts for me, so of course, she is one of my favorite students!

Can you believe August is already here? I sure can’t. I’m excited to see the school year kick-off soon. By now you probably know this is one of my favorite times of the year. I get to welcome all the students to campus and make sure they are clear on which treats are my favorite (Doughnuts are always welcome!). This fall will look a bit different than usual, though. Sadly, I will miss the typical bustle and excitement of welcoming students on campus. I’ve come up with the perfect way to live vicariously! Some of my student friends have agreed to do a series of interviews to give you a first-hand look into life as an undergraduate, graduate, and vet student.

I decided it was time to embark on another investigative journey. I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard a lot about low starch diets. I decided it was time to put my sleuthing skills to the test again. Dr. Carey Williams, Rutgers University’s Equine Extension Specialist, seemed like a good place to start, since her specialty is equine nutrition.

My poor head is spinning. This transition to working remotely has my poor hooves all in a tangle. Let me tell you…technology was not designed for hooves to handle. Despite all of these problems on my end, the Equine Science Center has smoothly made the transition to digital content. We are excited to bring our annual Summer Showcase to you in a digital format on Friday, July 17th at noon. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss this fun event!

One of my pasture mates commented the other day that I was getting rather old. I just snorted in disbelief. I mean have you seen me tearing around the pasture when breakfast is announced? I certainly don’t feel like I’m getting old. I haven’t lost my touch with the ladies either. I decided I’d better do some reading on the subject of aging. After all, I will reach old age someday. I can always dispense advice to my four-legged friends, like my pesky pasture mate. Plus, the Rutgers Equine Science is a leader in research on the aged (that’s old) horse. Let’s take a look at what I learned.

I was watching my two-legged friends the other day as I dozed in the shade. Have you ever noticed that they do some strange things sometimes? I mean, here was this person lugging a wheelbarrow around and filling it up with manure! I started to ponder this interesting behavior and decided I had better call in an expert to answer my questions. Have you ever wondered what to do with all that manure your horse produces? Well, wonder no longer. Check out this interview with Dr. Mike Westendorf, Extension Specialist at Rutgers University and our resident expert on manure management.