Hay everyone!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the virtual horse management seminar! (Check out my last blog post to hear all about it, there’s still one more session next week!) And now, I’ve got a special announcement about an upcoming opportunity to do some hands-on learning. Want to get up close and personal with some of the Rutgers farm animals? Be sure to attend our Junior Animal Science Symposium on March 23rd! I love that Rutgers hosts this event every year. It’s so fun seeing how engaged everyone is and how excited y’all are to learn about our animals.


Here’s what you need to know:

Date: Saturday March 23, 2024

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Location: Round Barn, George H. Cook Campus (Rutgers University)

Be sure to register by using this link: https://tinyurl.com/2024AnimalScience

(Click on the flyer for more details and be sure to check out the event schedule.)


There’s so much scheduled for the day, so I’m sure you’ll find something that you’re interested in. Be sure to stop by the equine sessions and say hi to my friends at the Equine Science Center. Let’s see what they’re up to:

Dr. Williams will be leading a presentation called “Basic Horse Conformation and Evaluation” with Dr. Ross during the first session. They’ll be going through the basics of conformation and how your horse’s individual features affect their movement.

During the second session, Dr. Ross will be going over the basics of tack. As a lot of us know, tack for horses comes in a lot of different shapes and sizes, depending on what the horse does. I know I was all decked out when I was part of the Rutgers Mounted Patrol, and I had even more gear when I was the mascot at the football games. I think I’ll mention that to Dr. Ross!

The third session will be led by Mr. Kennis (Buttons) Fairfax. Be sure to ask him how he knows me! (I’ll give you a hint: it’s related to football.) He will be offering some tips and tricks to help you prepare for horse shows and what the judges are really looking for. I’m sure everyone could learn a lot from him, I know I certainly have!

Lastly, the final session will be a full treadmill demonstration. Dr. Herbst will give y’all a rundown of the variety of horse gaits, and you’ll even get to see our treadmill in action.

That sounds like a full day! I’m sure everyone will have a lot of fun during the event. Don’t forget to register!


Until next time.

Your friend,

Lord Nelson

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