Can you believe June is right around the corner? It seems the days just fly by. You know what June brings in the state of New Jersey, right? It’s the month of the horse. You get to spend the entire month celebrating me and my friends! Do you think I can talk my two-legged friends into bringing me a few extra donuts? After all, I need to join the celebration somehow. Bringing me donuts isn’t the only way you can celebrate horses in the coming month and all summer long. The Equine Science Center will be bringing you virtual horsey education all summer long. We’ll miss seeing your eager faces on campus and across the state, but you can still be up to date on everything related to caring for your horse and ensuring it is in the best possible health!

I’m waiting impatiently for someone to come let me out into the pasture. I can almost see the grass growing from here. I know this can be a dangerous time of year for me, though. I might lose my fine figure, if I’m not careful. And I definitely don’t want that to happen! I can already hear the laughter from my barn mates, including those cute mares in the next pasture over, if I were to lose my sleek physique. I decided I would use this time I spend waiting to educate myself on determining if I’m overweight, underweight, or just right and how to solve any problems with my weight.

You may remember my blog from a few weeks ago where I interviewed Dr. Leslie Seraphin and started my investigation on the importance of spring vaccinations for your horse. I carried my investigation to new heights this week during an interview with Dr. Michael Fugaro of Mountain Pointe Equine Veterinary Services. Dr. Fugaro is also the current president of the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners (NJAEP). In his interview (you can watch it below), Dr. Fugaro discusses why vaccines are a critical part of your horse’s health care plan and how the current COVID-19 situation impacts horse owners and veterinarians.

My two-legged friends at the Equine Science Center find themselves with too much time on their hands and an itch to be moving around. I called a meeting of my four-legged friends and we came up with the perfect task for our human friends – spring barn cleaning. There’s nothing like a little elbow grease to make you feel like you’ve put in a good day’s work. As you clean the barn and surrounding area, it’s also the perfect time to make sure your barn is a safe place and you’ve minimized the risk of fires. Let’s look at what areas you should pay attention to while cleaning. We’ll also review some safety tips as we go along!

I hope you’re enjoying this wonderful spring weather! I certainly am. It makes for lovely naps in the sun and young, green grass to snack on. It also means the staff at the Equine Science Center has called the veterinarian to schedule an appointment for my yearly vaccinations. The quickly approaching mosquito and fly season heralds the onset of disease season also. I know vaccinations are important, but I wanted to know just how important they are. For help, I reached out to Dr. Leslie Seraphin, a District Epidemiology Officer with the USDA-AHPIS Veterinary Services.

This spring weather sure has me excited! Unfortunately, this rapidly changing weather and thawing ground means my pasture has some mud holes. While I may not always be the cleanest horse, I do have my standards. All of this mud also means my daily hoof cleaning has turned into quite the chore. All of this time spent on my hooves has made me think about that special person in my life whose job it is to trim and shoe my hooves – my farrier. I decided it was time to go back to my series on careers in the equine industry.

Whew, here at the Equine Science Center we’ve had a busy couple of weeks preparing for and hosting the Horse Management Seminar in addition to all of our regular activities. With so much going on, I had almost forgotten Valentine’s Day. It’s a good thing my friends reminded me. My true love, Hugme Christi, would not be happy if I forgot to give her a Valentine’s Day gift.

Guess what? I got to be a student again this past week. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers so many amazing opportunities, and I took advantage of their recent webinar on mosquitoes and ticks. I can’t wait to share my knowledge with all of you! Are you ready to learn the nitty, gritty details on these little critters?

2020 is off to a great start for me! I have enjoyed the recent warm weather and time spent dozing in the sunshine. I am now well-rested and ready for a year full of fun activities. Can you believe our first event of the year is almost upon us? You better be ready to come join us for the annual Horse Management Seminar on February 9th. This year’s topic is Racehorse / Sport Horse Care and Rehabilitation. I will definitely be in attendance, and I plan to take copious amounts of notes. I always keep a close eye on the nutrition talks, but there promises to be something for everyone.

Happy new year! Winter has definitely arrived. My pasture is sadly lacking in grass and snow has become commonplace. As we all know, winter brings an added layer of difficulty to your daily horse care chores. Wading through all the mud and snow just to take a look at your horse and make sure it has plenty of feed and water can be exhausting. Even though winter may not be your favorite time of year, your horse can remain happy and healthy with a little bit of help from you! I’ve asked the folks here at the Equine Science Center to help me compile a winter horse care checklist. See how you measure up on your winter horse care practices!