The thing I love most about these hot days is taking a drink…or a dip in a cool lake or stream. Some might say that I’m a SEAHORSE! Cooling off in a river seems like a good idea, but it can also be home to nasty bacteria that can make me sick.
Do you remember Stardust’s blog post about viruses that mosquitoes carry?? If not, then quickly click here for a quick refresher! Mosquitoes are still out in full force and are expected to remain into the fall season, so make sure your horse is up to date on their vaccines!
All caught up?? Good. Now it time to talk about other viruses and bacterial diseases we, four-legged creatures can get and the vaccines created by amazing scientists to protect us and keep us healthy.
This summer has been full of AMAZING races and it didn’t end with the Kentucky Derby! There are two important races in New Jersey in August: The 48th Haskell Invitational and the 90th Hambletonian Stakes! No wonder why New Jersey’s state animal is a horse! The Haskell race is on Sunday, August 2nd and the Hambletonian is on Saturday, August 8th. Now I know what I’m doing the first two weekends in August! Luckily, there are not on the same day. Phew!
Are you jumping with excitement for all the fairs, festivals, and petting zoos this summer?? I know I can’t contain myself!! At Rutgers, we even had some visitors stop by for our annual Summer Showcase and I was the star of the show. (Not to toot my own horn or anything…) Check me out…
The Fourth of July is tomorrow and that means barbecues, HOT DOGS, (Mmm mmm mmm) and of course fireworks! Fireworks are magnificent and a great way to celebrate. But in a horse’s mind, the loud sounds and bright lights can mean “something is attacking me!” and ...
I’ve been walking around my barn with a fly swatter trying to get all these PESKY FLIES!! All day long, it’s Buzz-Buzz-Bite-Buzz-Buzz-Bite! And then I spend the rest of the day scratching. Luckily for me, the staff at Rutgers is putting up some protective measures against flies for my friends and me. You can even do some of these tips at your own barn.
Many of today’s great racehorses have come from a long line of strong and fast sires. One might say they have royal blood pumping through their veins! England isn’t the only one with its own set of monarchies!
I may not be a princess but my pops is Muscles Yankee (pictured on the left) and had a lifetime earnings of $1,424,938 on the racetrack and sired 13 MILLIONAIRES! At least I know where I get my speed and my gorgeous good looks! (Photo credit: www.perretti.com/cms/index.php/muscles-yankee)
I’m back again with the latest Rutgers scoop! I hope you remember my last blog post, “Spring Cleaning” about how to prepare your barn for the spring; now, I’m hear to tell you about how to prepare your horses for the spring.
Warmer weather leads to mosquitoes. And with mosquitoes, comes nasty diseases! Luckily, there are annual vaccines that help protect us from those diseases. I just got mine boosted last week and boy was my bum sore for a couple days!
The name’s Stardust and I am one of the research mares (“Horse Heroes”) at Rutgers. I am here to give you a blow-by-blow report on everything that’s happening at Rutgers. But first, let me tell you a little about myself.
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.