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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 With the poor economy, difficulty placing horses and massive accumulation of unanalyzed, unpublished data, Dr.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!

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 Booth

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

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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