Day At The Track

Rutgers Horse Management Seminar

05:08 AM 18 Jan 2020 NZDT
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - "Racehorse/Sport Horse Care and Rehabilitation" is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020, will feature presentations by several equine experts.

"This year we selected a topic that we have not covered during any of the previous Horse Management Seminars. Whether you have racehorses, sport horses or just like riding horses there will be something for everyone! We have so many veterinary experts in the New Jersey area, I am very excited to be able to have them share their expertise with you" says Dr. Carey Williams, Extension Equine Specialist and Associate Director of Extension for the Equine Science Center. "Our goal for this workshop is to bring in the leading veterinary and academic experts in each of these topic areas. This includes caring for the racehorse, managing the sport horse, rehabilitating horses, transitioning careers between race and sport, and feeding for different types of exercise. We will also highlight some of the current, and future, research from Rutgers graduate students conducting equine research."

Williams has assembled presenters who are recognized as the leading experts in their field to offer perspectives and personal insight. The morning will start with "Caring for the Racehorse vs. Sport Horse" by Dr. Nancy Lee, owner of Sound Equine. "Dr. Lee is a perfect speaker for this topic because she deals with both types of horses closely in her practice along with competing some sport horses of her own!" says Williams. The morning will also include Dr. Jesse Tyma, from Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, a local veterinarian specializing in injuries common to both sport and racehorses. Dr. Tyma will present "Transitioning careers - Racing to Sport/Pleasure which injuries can you live with?"

The afternoon will start off with "Rehabilitating a Race/Sport Horse from Injury" by Dr. Sarah Bye of Foundation Equine, Chesterfield, NJ which will be followed by "Feeding for Different Competitive Sports" by Dr. Shannon Pratt-Phillips, from North Carolina State University. "Dr. Pratt-Phillips has a long history of performing nutritional research in all kinds of equine athletes and is one of the top nutritionists in her field," mentions Dr. Williams.

Closing out the day will be two short presentations on some of the current research taking place on campus, as well as what future research being planned. "Sugar Metabolism of Horses Grazing Warm-Season Forages" by Doctoral Candidate, Jennifer Weinert, and "The Human-Horse Interaction: What Does the Horse Tell Us?" by Doctoral Student, Ellen Rankins.

In addition to these presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, networking opportunities with industry companies and area organizations, ample time for one-on-one discussions with the day's presenters and lots of door prizes!

Early bird registration ends soon (Jan. 26th) so register now for the great event! The complete program, registration information, and seminar brochure are posted on the Equine Science Center website at, as well as the registration site at: For questions, please contact Dr. Carey Williams at 848-932-5529,

The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is Better Horse Care through Research and Education in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry. For more information about the Equine Science Center, call 848-932-9419 or visit

From the Rutgers Equine Science Center


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