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RU Koda; Class of 2011; RU Sierra
PROGRAM 2011-2013
We are on hiatus, with no new horses brought onto campus. With the poor economy, difficulty placing horses and massive accumulation of unanalyzed, unpublished data, Dr. Ralston decided to focus on getting data analyzed, papers published (See below!) and re-assessing the direction the program should take. We are working on developing new items for the website and new directions for the program, such as improved access to resources to encourage responsible horse ownership through a grass roots project called, tagline:Horseowners helping Horseowners.
Meanwhile we will continue to showcase our "graduates"-both 2 and 4 legged!

March, 2015
Calling all RU grads!  The fourth annual Young Horse Program reunion will be held at the Colt's Neck Trail Riders Poker Pace at Bucks Mill Park in Colts Neck, NJ on
Saturday August 1, 2015.
Teams pay $10 per poker hand (1 per rider, but you can purchase more if you want!) and go out searching for buckets of poker chips hidden along the trails in the park.  Once teams get one chip of each color, they come back and are dealt a hand of cards.  The best hand wins 50% of the take!  The first teams leave at 3pm and the last teams leave at 6pm.

Grads do not have to compete!! Feel free to come and simply visit with other grads and their horses.  There is always a potluck buffet plus hamburgers and hotdogs (and great people!) afterwards.  This is always a fun event!

We will be trying to get as many photos of our grads as possible! Anyone who brings their grad will recieve one of our stunning black with red piping RU Grad saddle pads (shown on RU Sirius further down this page). 


The CNTRC requires current proof of a negative Coggins test.
Water is available from a hose at the main building. 
Parking can be very tight- please let Dr. Ralston know if you need a trailer ride for your horse. 
Bring a friend!

Attention Warmblood and palomino/buckskin/grulla fans!
There are 55 straws of frozen semen available from Mystic Blue Eyes (aka "Harley"), an imported cremello German Warmblood stallion.  He is confirmed by the University of California to throw only palominos, buckskins, and grullas.  All of the semen (approximately 18 breedings) is available for $1500. 
He was used at Hiatt Ranch in 2006-2010 and sired one RU Grad, RU Mackenzie, Class of 2008, owned by Chelsea Bullock.  If interested, please contact Barb Morgan or Rod Hiatt  at  317-989-9279.

Mystic Blue Eyes
Photo by Rod Hiatt

RU Mackenzie, Class of 2008, Owned by Chelsea Bullock
Mystic Blue Eyes x Baby
Photo by Chelsea Bullock
(Click here to see additional photos of RU Mackenzie!)

Mustang DNA Testing
Former student Carly Painter discovered a DNA testing service for mustangs performed by Texas A&M.  The test uses mane or tail hair to determine which breeds are present in a particular mustang.  It would certainly be interesting to know the genetic makeup of our RU Mustang graduates, considering their significant variation in location of capture and conformation! Click the link below for more information!

July, 2012

RU Sirius and his proud new owner, Stephanie (top row) and RU Santiago (bottom row)
modeling the new
RU Grad saddlepad. Available for purchase now from
Dr. Ralston or the Rutgers Equine Science Center!

(Click photos to see a larger image.)

 Two sizes available, regular all purpose (like the one Sirius has on) or extra large dressage.
They were made special order from Lettia through Rick's Saddle Shop.
$30.00 each plus $7.00 shipping if you can't just come to Rutgers to pick one up!.

The Reunion at Bucks Mill Park In Colts Neck was a great success!

Left to Right: RU Prodigal Son, RU Turkleton, RU Sir Galahad, RU Miss Kitty

We had 19 equine graduates , 17 of them ridden on the trails with all years except '05: Miss Genie ('00), Galahad and Sydney ('01), Miss Kitty ('02), Blaze ('03),
Tootsiepop and Hip Hip Hooray (Hippie) ('04),
Cluedo ('06), Fiona ('07), Turkleton ('08), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Hank Jr, Sir Lionel and Evita (Bonnie Jean) all from '09, Firedance ('10) and mustangs Sierra and Santana from 2011! Owners with out horses showed up to brag about Jasmine ('05), Prince Phillip (Lars)  ('06), Huckleberry (Gus) and
Santiago('07), Honky Tonk (Now Col.Hank Rutgers) and Woodstock, ('10) in addition to students Lexey Booth, Rebekah Verdieck and Kevin Brewer who helped with saddle pad sales and photography. Dr. Malinowski came with her RU Grad friend, Wendy Gale, riding their Standardbreds; long time supporters, Susan and John Samtak, brought their paso finos. Over all, with 70+ registered participants and $1090.00 in the Poker Pace "pot" it was a very successful event! The winner of the poker hands turned out to be a Rutgers graduate who then donated a portion of her win to the program. We made $680 in sale of the pads and donations! Proceeds will be used to support the new NJHorseInformation endeavor (See above).
Click here to see photos from the reunion!
More photos will be posted eventually but can be seen now on facebook
pages of Sarah L. Ralston, RU Turkleton (yes, he has his own page!),
Chelsea Bullock and Lexey Boot

There are 4(!) new refereed publications generated by this program that are available on-line. Three are about the teaching program:

Ralston SL, Molnar A. Rutgers Young Horse Teaching and Research Program: sustainability of taking a risk with "at risk" horses. Journal of Animal Science. 2012 Jul 5. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 22767092. 
Ralston SL. Rutgers Young Horse Teaching and Research Program: undergraduate student outcomes.
Journal of Animal Science. 2012 Jul 5. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 22767090.
Otto J, Ralston SL. Disseminating equine research and teaching videos through the institutional repository: a collaboration. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information 13(1):64-77, 2012.

These three can only be accessed through the library or if you have a subscription to the journal-If you would like a copy please contact Dr. Ralston

and the fourth is on vitamin C and transportation stress:

Ralston SL, Stives M. Supplementation of ascorbic acid in weanling horses following prolonged transportation. Animals 2:184-194 (Special issue: Monogastric Animal Nutrition and Metabolism), 2012. Open access!

I am VERY proud that Anne Molnar and Michelles Stives were students of mine. Anne just graduated, Michelle has her DVM degree and is practising veterinary medicine in New Jersey!

May, 2012
We have archived somed of the hundreds of videos taken the last two years of both
the research trial behavior tests, horses playing, and even some procedures  such as
 hoof trimming and inducing (and waking up) from anesthesia that are available
for public viewing in a searchable format in the Rutgers Libraries RUCore (Click here to access). In the search panel just type in your favorite 2010 graduate's name to see
their videos, or a topic!

Graduate Updates:

RU Sebastian (Class of 2009)
RU Dreamcatcher (Class of 2007)

RU Koda (Class of 2011) Available for lease!
RU Sierra (Class of 2011)
RU Sassafras (Class of 2011)
RU Levi (Class of 2011)
RU Santana (Class of 2011)- SOLD! Click here to read about his new owners!

RU Casanova (Class of 2010)
RU Prodigal Son (Class of 2009)
RU Santiago (Class of 2007)
RU Sirius (Class of 2008)

There are several Graduates for sale, notably RU Jasmine, an 8 year old mare by Cadillac Coyjack out of the Belgian Cross mare "Red," started under saddle. Click here for more information on Jasmine!  RU Diamond is also for sale.  She is an 11 year old Moon Hippie daughter out of a belgian mare, well trained but recently diagnosed with polysaccharide storage myopathy (easily controlled by diet). We are waiting for photos and more info.

Check out our new "2-Legged" graduate section to see what some of our
 former students are up to now!

Please send us updates!

    Website Credits:
  • 2012-2013: Maintained by Jackie Teson and Dr. Ralston
  • 2010-2011: Maintained by Jackie Teson, Lesley Sun, and Dr. Ralston
  • 2009-2010: Maintained by Samantha Vitale and Dr. Ralston
  • 2008-2009: Redesigned & maintained by Victoria Hanke, Jorge Pang and Dr. Ralston
  • 2007-2008: Redesigned & maintained by Liz Houston and Chelsea Bullock
  • Original website created by Sarah Grossman

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