Rutgers Launches New Fostering Program for Rescue Horses

Pictured with Dr. Sarah Ralston is Bling, a “sweet and sassy” 6-year-old unregistered Arabian mare who is being fostered from the Arabian Rescue Mission.

Pictured with Prof. Sarah Ralston is Bling, a 6-year-old unregistered Arabian mare who is being fostered from the Arabian Rescue Mission. Photo by Carey Williams.

Creating a sustainable equine teaching program on a suburban university’s campus requires considerable ingenuity since keeping a horse on campus is very expensive. Maintaining a herd dedicated for teaching and outreach can easily cause a budget to go in “the red.” However, the Department of Animal Sciences on the Rutgers Cook Campus came up with a creative solution, which involves “fostering” horses from equine rescue/placement programs and seeking sponsors to help pay for their per-diem costs. Some of the fostered horses will be available for adoption after the Ag Field Day Horse Show on Rutgers Day in late April, leaving a core herd of four horses for teaching and outreach throughout the year.

This new and exciting addition to the department’s Equine Teaching program is called the Rutgers University Teaching Herd (RUTH): Fostering Horses for Teaching and Extension. The eight horses in RUTH will allow faculty to expand students’ hands-on learning experiences and service in outreach. The horses will be dedicated solely to outreach endeavors, such as clinics and treadmill demonstrations, and teaching activities in didactic (classroom-based) courses like Horse Management and Comparative Anatomy and experience-based classes including Horse Practicum and Animal Handling, Fitting and Exhibition. In the latter course, students learn how to groom and train horses for in-hand exhibition on Ag Field Day. [Read more…]

Rutgers Equine Science Center Unveils Website Redesign

Photo of Rutgers Equine Science Center homepage.

Photo of Rutgers Equine Science Center homepage. Courtesy of ESC.

After 14 years of providing the public with information on “all things horses,” the Rutgers Equine Science Center (ESC) has had a major facelift, launching its redesigned website to offer greater interactivity, new search functionality, plus a streamlined “Ask The Expert” section.

“With this facelift and integration, the center will provide the public with a website that is not only friendly to use, but one which will remain unparalleled in providing science-based information to equine enthusiasts around the world,” says Karyn Malinowski, director of the ESC.

The popular “Lord Nelson’s Blog,” whose four-legged author recently received the “Horse Personality of the Year Award,” will migrate from its current site to anchor a special “Kid’s Corner” on the center’s new website. “Kid’s Corner” will also feature the “Equine Science 4 Kids” education portal as well as link to the 4-H Horse Program in New Jersey. [Read more…]

State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium Drew Participants from Nine Counties

Rabbit hopping in action.

Rabbit hopping in action.

Nearly 100 4-H members and volunteers representing nine counties (Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, and Warren) attended the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium on Feb. 28 in Clayton, New Jersey.

“The State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium is an annual event, now in its second year, that offers  4-H’ers an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in topics related to poultry, reptiles, small animals, cavy and rabbits,” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program – Small Animal Project Advisory Council liaison. “In addition, the event provides a venue to compete at an advanced level and meet other 4-H members from around the state.” [Read more…]

John and Anne Gerwig Endowment to Support Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Former and current Rutgers Cooperative Extension directors John Gerwig (left) and Larry Katz cut the cake at the Rutgers retirees event commemorating the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension.

Former and current Rutgers Cooperative Extension directors John Gerwig (left) and Larry Katz cut the cake at the Rutgers retirees’ event commemorating the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension in 2014.

Announcement by Larry Katz, director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

A strong workforce will support a strong community. That was the topic of conversation when John and Anne Gerwig asserted their desire to help all of Rutgers Cooperative Extension by establishing a fund that will provide resources to extension professionals in perpetuity. I am pleased to announce that, in honor of the Smith-Lever Anniversary, John and Anne have jointly established the “John and Anne Gerwig Director’s Endowment for Rutgers Cooperative Extension,” with a gift of $200,000.

The goal of this fund is to empower Cooperative Extension professionals so that they can make a bigger impact on our communities. A portion of the fund will be reserved to award through a formal “request for proposal” process set up and managed by the Director’s office. Remaining funds will be used to support emerging issues, internships, awarding additional proposals and other needs that arise. [Read more…]

Local Members Participate in 4-H Leadership Conference

Sixty-nine 4-H members representing 18 counties will be participating in the 4-H Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference scheduled for March 21, at Rutgers University in Middlesex County… The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference will to provide an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops, hands-on activities and guest speakers. In addition, conference participants will meet 4-H’ers from across New Jersey; make new friends and gain valuable life skills including understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, decision making, and working with groups… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school).

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