The Equine Science Club is dedicated to stimulate an interest in equine science, promote equine related opportunities for all students, inform prospective students and other interested students of the various aspects of equine science, and promote intellectual, social, and recreational activities.
I cleaned my room one day, and totally forgot to send out a meeting minute before I did so. I just found the notes I took from the massage therapist demo. So, before I step down as your secretary, I will send these out.
Our demonstrator, Karen, is a massage therapist, She came to Cook on 4/6 and did a demo on Skylar, the lucky mounted patrol horse. She got her equissage certification 3 yrs ago in a class that was 5 days long.
There are different strokes one can use.
What she does in an evaluation
starts with massage
some different names she had for her moves -Tai Chi - take elbow and glide along the deltoid muscle
if you use too much pressure, the horse will bite u!
she went over all the muscles on Skylar and he def didnt mind.
She highly suggested that neone with horses can do some of what she did on their own.
Hey Tiffany. I appreciate you offering me the opportunity to come and speak to your club. I hope that they were able to get something out of the demo and/or discussion. I'm sorry that it wasn't a bit more interesting. It was the first demo I've done so I have lots to learn.
Thanks again and have a great day.
I think that's it....this is sad that this is my last email to send to the club...hope everyone has a great time on the trip this wednesday. Our new secretary's email is firstname.lastname@example.org so expect emails from her from now on....ps...ag field day...we did amazingly as a club with selling sweatshirts/tshirts and baked goods.
Thanks everyone for everything!
April 20, 2006
Elections were tonight. Thanks for everyone who made it out.
For Prez==> Vikki Shekk
Congrats to the new exec board....this is my somewhat almost last email I will be sending the club <tear>.
Ag field day is coming up - next sat.
Trail ride is May 3rd....contact Jackie Ogbin, our current act cooridinator for details. I can not go so that leaves 4 spots open now?
Thanks and again, congrats!
March 9, 2006
-neonatal ICU(big Feb==>June) ex. Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome--"dummies"
Ambulatory Dept: what Megan does
-includes going to different farms with 2 trucks fully stocked with preventative health care.
this thursday, march 9th we are having Dr. Meghan Campbell from Mid Atlantic Equine Hospital to come and talk at 8pm in CCC 202BC. It should be very interesting.
meeting minutes from last time....also....we are very close to deciding whether or not we want to order sweatshirts....so again, neone who didnt make it to the last meeting or hasnt already let me know if they're interested, come to this meeting and let us know! we also will have signups for the trip on the march 25th to walnridge.
last meeting we had Dr Williams only grad student, Emily Lamprecht, come and talk to us about her research in synovial fluid in the joints and how it can potentially affect a horses performance as well as talkin bout grad school.
Some background info bout Emily--she grew up around horses, and received her BS in Ani sci and a BA in psychology. She was thinking bout going to vet school but then became interested in nutrition and took off doing that workin with dairy cows, swine, and horses. So her passion was nutrition which is what she is doing her PhD in, nutrition and exercise physiology in horses.
Her research involves exercise immunology as well as using different feed/supplements in trying to treat inflammed joints. She's focusing on joints because they get stressed a lot while racing, a lot of damage is done which can in the long run really hurt the animals as well as making a lot of animals become unwanted for the owners can not use them anymore.
So what happens to the joint...the fluid builds up and inflames and there is constant wearing/repairing cycle going on. The animal runs around the track despite all this going on, and inflammation and break down of cartilage starts occuring and if it is not treated right away, the horse cant race because it is in pain.
some therapies include:
so Emily's studies want to combine exercise and supplements to see which ones best decrease inflammation. she says that the supplements have anti-inflammatory, chondroprotective, and antioxidant properties and are cost effective and can benefit the joints while proviiding the supplements
thats about it!
hope u all enjoyed the reading!
February 28, 2006
Hope you all enjoyed the first official equine science club meeting of this semester, those of you who could make it. We had a pretty good turn out despite the fact that the meeting was held out of everyones way in bartlett....at teh beginning, we went over important club info...such as special events we wanna get involved with, trips, and more meetings...so here it is!
-interested in getting club sweatshirts? let us know and we'll order them according to interest!!
-ag field day(when new exec board takes over)
start signing up....if interested let me or neone else on the exec board know!
april 1st-trail ride...and this is no april fools joke ;-P april 8th =mid atlantic trip
this dates could change....so just be aware and alert!!
illl send a different email for the minutes
Dr. Gardener's presentation was entitled "Life in the Equine Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit". The following is an overview of her presentation:
Mares should be moved to their foaling environment 4-6 weeks prior to their due date, so they can adjust and develop antibodies to the new environment. Many of the horses they deal with are considered to have "high-risk" pregnancies. These include: previous birthing problems, colic, illness, and injury. It's the vet's job to manage the high risk births through monitoring the fetus by ultrasound, fetal heart rate, and electrocardiograms. Dr. Gardener then discussed the process of a normal birth, and then went into what to look for as signs of birthing problemes. One of the more common problems is dystocia, or prolonged labor. This is usually caused by malpresentation of the foal in the birth canal, and its position is adjusted bt the vet. Another problem is called "red bag presentation" and is caused by the failure of the placenta to rupture during delivery. What the vet must do is immediately rupture the tissue to free the foal. Another placental problem is when the placenta is not expelled by the mare, this is called a retained placenta. While it has many causes, it can be dangerous to the mare as it can cause septicemia, laminitis, and even death. This is treated though antibiotics, oxytocin (to make uterus contract and expel the placenta), and lavage. Dr. Gardener stressed that monitoring of the foal right after birth is important, as it gives signs of the foal's well being or problems. As foals are born with no antibodies, they need colostrum, which is the first milk produced by the mare. If her colostrum in inadequate, it is important to obtain some from a colostrum bank. While there are many things that can go wrong with pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum, proper monitoring of your mare and foal can help detect problems earlier, and increase the likelihood of having a healthy mare and foal.
That's it for now, again, if you're interested in foal sitting, either contact me, or pick up an application at our next meeting. See you all then!
November 3, 2005
Hi again! and oops! I forgot my signature!!
This will hopefully be the LAST email I will send you tonight for I am going out soon!
Medieval Times Trip is coming up!!
Yes, I said it! November 18th will be the greatest night in Medieval Times history, for the awesomest club on cook will be there!!! Anyone interested in going, do ur thing and fill out the forms along with ur SS#, put it in the box. Those who have been to our meetings, and helped with all our events(halloween bash...) will have higher priority!! There are limited seats available, like 20, and they will fill up fast since we are opening it up to the whole cook community! did i mention its free?
Turkey Trot! Sunday, Nov 20th from 8am-230pm rain or shine registration closes Nov 11th! so do it fast!! if neone needs a registration sheet, I can make copies!
2 days after Medieval Times at the Horse Park of NJ. If you do not have a horse to ride BUT are really interested, remember George Bordey?? He said he will lend us horses to ride, from the very easy riders to the more advanced....how fricken awesome is that man?! However, it will be a ride at ur own risk sort of deal. SRF and Cook will NOT be held responsible for any injuries. Though you will be able to get to ride a horse for free, the registration is 40 bucks and try to register in pairs!!
Any ?s, ask me or anyone else on the exec board!!
October 27, 2005
Hope you all had an awesome and safe halloween, as well as tried to trick or treat like me and my roomies did!!
Next meeting will be this Thurs, Nov 10th at 8pm as usual in the CCC 202s.
Anyway, we had an AWESOME speaker come, Mr George Brodey, the director from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation(SRF). He started with a bunch of history, about how the foundation was founded in 1989 and that the first standardbred was an English Arabian Stallion, "Messenger" in the 1700s. From him, started the division btwn Standardbreds(more docile) and Thoroughbreds(nervous horses). From here on in, breeding became a science, where ppl would breed pacers with pacers to get a faster horse and whatnot. He also emphasized the fact that 65000 horses got slaughtered last year due to people overbreeding. Although the US has only 2 slaughter houses open, there are still a lot in Canada and Mexico.
What the foundation does is teach kids social skills, such as love, being gentle, with the horses. They also rescue unwanted horses from being slaughtered if they are still usable, riding wise or as pasteur pals. The foundation has 119 horses scattered in 16 foster farms in NJ and about another 50 across the nation. So, he was saying that the foundation really needs their own farm as well as get sponsors to help pay their vet bills, because the bills do get quite expensive.
Of the 119 horses, about 49 are ridable and the rest are pasteur pals. In order to adopt one of these retired horses, the application process is very tough. All the applicants own animals must be UTD with all shots to prove that they can take care of such a needy animal.
For all of you that went to this meeting, George Brodey has sent about 10 individual packages to Tiff Trotters CPO so we should be getting them soon. I have the list to say who was there and who was not, so, at the next meeting, we will be handing them out!
October 13, 2005
Quick reminder before the minutes!!
Trip....is THIS Fri Oct 21st. Meet 6pm at PAL building, leave 630....races start 730...FREE! Fill out the waivers and put them in our box with ur SS#!!
Oct 20th- NJ Horse Council 6-9pm
Anyway, this is what I wrote down from the demonstration.
In order for Tracey to do this holistic therapy, she had to take a $625 4-day course to become certified after the first course. She continued
In cranio-sacral work, the animal(she works with horses, cats, dogs, and
When Tracey looked at Skylar, she noticed right away that his sacrum was off and that he most likely has a sore back. She found this out by looking at the sacrum as well as noticing that his bite was off, which she said can definately affect his hind end. A horses bite is the major pattern zone for the body, so if its off, then the rest of the horses body will be off.
Also when doing the craniosacral work, she looks for disfunction in the rhythm of the animals in general, by "scanning" through the layers of their anatomy. Any signs of head shaking, cribbing, balance/gait/movement issues, post dental work, neurological issues, can all be helpe with CS therapy. Even a racing horse that runs all the time, get a lot of sessions that really help them in reduction of inflammation, makes the muscles more flexible, and helps all the body systems work properly.
A new horse would take Tracey about 1 1/2 hours to do a complete workup with NO talkin throughout the session so the horse is completely relaxed.
This kind of therapy is complimental to other mainstream medicine and does a really good job on the animals without prescibing any medications that could potentially hurt the animal. Unfortunately, we ran out of time, so this is it! Again, this was an awesome demo and thanks for everyone for coming out!
October 10, 2005
hey everyone....allright....this will be long BUT informative!! so please read all!!
WOW....im like wired with caffeine right now....had that extra lg coffee from quik chek like 7 hours ago....still hasnt left my system....wow..anyway....
OUR NEXT AWESOME MEETING WILL BE THIS THURSDAY.....OCTOBER 13th at the ROUNDHOUSE....8PM....you can meet ppl who are driving over there at the PAL building at 750 to leave by 8pm...We are having Tracey Vroom perform a holistic therapy demo on Skylar, one of the mounted patrol horses that has real back problems, so this demo is the real deal. Tracey is involved in craniosacral therapy, the tellington method, and reiki, all of which I am sure will be explained during the demo. So, please come and tell anyone else who might be interested!! sign-ups for the HALLOWEEN bash on Fri Oct 28th will also be passed around(1/2 hour shifts from 6-9pm) so please help!
This came from Dr Williams....so go if u have time and r interested!!
October 20th 6:00 to 9:00 NJ Horse Council Open Meeting
December 13th 2:00 to 4:30 and 6:00 to 9:00 Equine Science Center Updates
Bye and good luck with exams and stuff!!
Your equine science club secretary
October 3, 2005
our trip to the meadowlands is coming up so...mark ur calenders for Fri OCTOBER 21st. Please Please please fill out the release form that is attached to this email!! (So if ur not going to fright fest which is $25, you should come to this trip, cause its free and you get to hang out with
Also there is a NJ Horse Council Meeting on thurs Oct 20th. Scott Palmer will be talking about the unwanted horse summit in Cream Ridge, NJ? I think I copied that right, Dr Williams was just giving me some basic info, but again, I will get more details about this for you guys!.....one thing I do know is that there will be FREE FOOD! yey!
September 30, 2005
Dr Williams talked about how she researches nutrition in horses and how nutrition affects the performance in a horse. at this meeting, she performed a mock study on the treadmill. She said ppl started using horses on the TM bc they are good models for humans, having similar metabolisms, and sweating to thermoregulate. It also keeps the horses in one place so that multiple students can work on them and not have to chase them in the pasteur! During regular TM studies, Dr Williams gets blood(which she did 2night), moniters the heartrate, and takes the horses temperature.
Tonight, Snowdrift, an ex-race horse, was used for the demo. To prepare her for the TM these things are done: BTW...she got up to 30MPH!!
always take a blood sample before(resting sample=more RBC, less blood) and after(more blood, less RBC= blood dopin in ppl) exercising. Horses naturally do this blood dopin with their spleen, which stores the RBC. It allows for more RBCs to go to the muscles for a faster horse that can run for longer periods of time.
After the blood is taken, lab work can be done, such as centrifugin the blood. This separates the RBCs, plasma, and WBCs, which can be pipetted out of the sample to measure how much of each is in that sample.
Dr Williams also talked about grad school vs vet school.
That about wraps everything up! Thanks for reading and have an awesome night and hope to see u at the next meeting/trip!!
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