Spring is here to stay!!! Good-bye to the minimal 8-hour days of sunlight and hello fresh pastures and warmer temperatures!! Now is the perfect time to evaluate your fields and barn management routines to ensure you and your horse will have an easy transition to the new season.
With it being the winter season, I see most of my four-legged friends bundled up in SO many blankets! I can tell they definitely don’t have as much fun as me playing in the snow with all those layers on. Today I asked my friend “Hugme Christi” why she was wearing so many layers instead of growing out her fuzzy winter coat and she jokingly replied, “My mom is cold!”
It has been a little over a month since school first started, and I have not been feeling the best. I think it is because I am still stressed and adjusting to the kids going back to school. I’ve noticed my appetite has decreased and my stomach has been in a lot of pain. My owner noticed and called the veterinarian out to the barn to perform an endoscopy.
WHOA! Hold up! I can’t believe summer is over and it is already September! All of the wonderful kids that groom me during the day are going back to school; I sure am going to miss them. School can put a lot of stress on my human friends! Have you ever had the feeling of butterflies in your stomach?
Where did this heat wave come from? I guess because it is mid-summer I should have anticipated this. We always get a lot of questions here at the Equine Science Center regarding heat and exercising your horse. How hot is too hot to exercise your horse?
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.