Category Archives: Horse

Horse Health: The Healthy Horse Life

How can you tell if your horse is healthy, or if he could use some extra care? Jennifer Zoller, PhD, is an extension horse specialist at Texas Agrilife Extension and creator of the Texas Horse Health mobile app, a free resource to equine professionals and horse enthusiasts in Texas. She lists several markers that indicate your horse’s health status. Body Condition Score Zoller says the body condition score is the first thing to look for when assessing health. To check body condition, do a visual and tactile appraisal… Read More →

Youth participate in 13th annual Horse Judging Camps

This year marked the 13th consecutive summer for TAMU to offer youth horse judging camps.  Two camps were offered at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex and over 70 campers from Texas, Arkansas, Georgia and California attended. Campers received instruction from Extension Horse Specialists Jennifer Zoller and Chelsie Huseman; as well as Haley Collins, TAMU Horse Judging Team coach.  Sessions were also led by graduate students Elizabeth Ennis, Morgan Moreno and Mattie Leudecker along with current and past members of the TAMU Horse Judging Team, and Horse Extension… Read More →

Second annual TAMU Ranch Horse Program held in conjunction with 2019 BCSC

The 2nd Annual TAMU Ranch Horse Program was held on Sunday August 4th in conjunction with the TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course.  The event was hosted at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex through the joint efforts of TAMU AgriLife Extension, TAMU Equine Initiative and TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine. The program was started in 2018 to meet a growing demand.  “Horses are still very much a part of the livestock industry in Texas and the growth and popularity of Stock Horse competitions is bringing in even more… Read More →

Texas A&M International Horsemanship celebrates second successful summer

Texas A&M International Horsemanship took to the international road again this summer. Drs. Jessica Leatherwood and Chelsie Huseman, along with three students, traveled to Slovenia and Italy to conduct horsemanship clinics for both youth and adults. Undergraduate students Carly Fronckowiak, a junior Agricultural Systems Management major, Jarrett Haydon, a senior Agricultural Systems Management major, and Katie Wright, a junior Animal Science major, conducted three-day and four-day horsemanship clinics overseas. All three students were Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship School instructors in the summer of 2018 and used their teaching… Read More →

State 4-H Horse Show wraps up 57th year

The 57th Annual Texas State 4-H Horse Show was hosted in Bryan, Texas, at the Brazos County Expo Complex, July 20th – 27th. Over 325 youth from around the state showcased their horses in 40+ classes across multiple disciplines. The Texas State 4-H Horse Show is the capstone event for the 4-H Horse Project and provides 4-H members with the opportunity to compete, earn scholarships, and explore collegiate opportunities. Horse Specialists, Drs. Jennifer Zoller and Chelsie Huseman, along with numerous county extension agents, volunteers, and supporters, managed the… Read More →

2019 Ranch Horse Program set for Aug. 4 in College Station

By Adam Russel COLLEGE STATION – The 2019 Ranch Horse Program, to be held  Aug. 4 in College Station in conjunction with the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, will cover a range of topics for successful equine management. The program will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex, 3240 F&B Road. The cost is $50 at the door or free for Beef Cattle Short Course registrants. Lunch is included. To RSVP, go to: http://bit.ly/2JotsO3. Participants will gain insight into equine nutrition, management and routine… Read More →

Commentary: Will reinstating horse slaughter in the U.S. improve horse welfare?

By Courtney L. Daigle It is in the best interest of the horse to reinstate horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States. Related: Horse Slaughter Ban Still A Hot Topic Here’s why: Abolition of horse slaughter in the United States for human consumption has eliminated one of the management tools needed to provide horses with good welfare. This legislative action has created an unwanted horse problem, and may result in horses being abandoned, abused, or neglected. Horse owners have fewer options to dispose of horses that are no longer wanted because… Read More →

26th Symposium of the Equine Science Society Recap

By Dr. Sarah White Equine faculty and graduate students of the Department of Animal Science attended the 26th Symposium of the Equine Science Society (ESS) hosted by North Carolina State University in Asheville, NC June 4-6. This international conference is held every two years and brings together the best equine scientists from around the world for a fun week of learning and networking. ESS strongly supports graduate students and has seven categories of graduate competition. Each student is judged on the quality of their abstract and an oral… Read More →

Equine PhD candidate participates in international conference

By Dr. Jessica Leatherwood, leatherwood@tamu.edu or 979.862.3654 The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in conjunction with the Asociacion Mexicana Cuarto de Milla (AMCM) welcomed over 60 participants to their second annual educational seminar at the Hipódromo de las Américas racetrack in Mexico City, Mexico, on November 16-18, 2018. These international educational seminars allow for industry professionals to interact and to share their experiences and knowledge with youth, amateur and professional riders, as well as owners, trainers, and veterinarians. This event also helps promote the Quarter Horse breed internationally…. Read More →

Circle Y Supports Rising Stars

By Cutting Horse Central It’s no secret that the youth are the future of our industry, Penny Youngblood and Nancy Pearce, of Circle Y Ranch, are dedicated to helping grow and develop the younger generation. One way they are giving back is through the Texas A&M Collegiate Stock Horse Team, which consists of 12 college athletes ranging in show experience. Not only have Penny and Nancy offered generous financial support over the years for the Texas A& M Equine Program, they have also invested in the team’s preparation for major… Read More →