I am excited to be returning to my series on careers in the equine industry. I found an amazing person to interview for this latest update, Helena Harris. She is a podcaster and has worked with the staff at the Equine Science Center during several of her podcast episodes. She’s returning the favor with an interview on what it’s like to be a podcaster. I’m pretty sure this is one of the coolest jobs because Helena gets to talk about horses all the time!

I’m here to report on some exciting research that will be happening at the Equine Science Center. If you’ve been paying attention to our social media, you might be able to guess what it is… That’s right. Our researchers will be studying the interaction between veterans and horses. If you recall, we briefly touched on this subject last November in honor of Veterans Day. Today we’ll be taking a deeper dive into this exciting research project!

It’s that time of year once again! Rutgers Day 2021 is right around the corner. Even though we won’t be able to welcome you to campus, we have been busily preparing for a day filled with fun and educational content. Plan to join us on Saturday, April 24th for the Virtual Rutgers Day!

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.