Life Cycle of the Mosquito

May 29, 2019

Mosquitoes are one of the most noxious pests in the world. They carry fatal viral diseases with many being zoonotic or able to transmit diseases to humans. Mosquitoes go through four stages in their life cycles: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The adult mosquito emerges from the mature pupa as it floats on the water surface. Mosquito eggs are laid singly or in a raft-like structure that floats on water. They hatch one of two ways.


Castration Lab

February 23, 2019

Each semester one colt per ANS 216 lab or 3 colts are used in a castration demonstration. The colts are brought to the Iowa State University Veterinary Medical Center and Dr. Stephanie Caston discusses and demonstrates colt castration. The lab is one of the favorite ANS 216 Equine Science students lab.

Iowa Equine Needs Assessment Survey Results

January 30, 2019

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Equine Program conducted an online Equine Needs Assessment Survey to identify the educational needs of the local equine community. Participants were asked to check topics they would like to learn more about. Additional questions focused on program formats and resources. The survey was voluntary and anonymous. A total of 250 individuals answered the Iowa Equine Needs Assessment Survey. Results of the survey are listed below. The majority of individuals completing the survey have horse related questions five or more times per year.

Saddle Up Safely

October 25, 2018

Saddle Up SAFELY is a rider safety awareness program. This app will help you decide whether the person that had a riding accident needs to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, can be driven to the hospital, or if they are ok and can go see their doctor the next day.


Iowa Equine Needs Assessment Survey

October 17, 2018

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Equine Program is conducting a statewide Equine Needs Assessment Survey to identify the educational needs of the local equine community. You will be asked to check topics you would like to learn more about. Additional questions will focus on program formats and resources you are most interested in.


4H Horse and Pony ID

May 11, 2018

4-H Horse and Pony ID


What is Horsebowl?

February 11, 2018

The Horse Bowl Contest is designed to offer an opportunity for youths interested in horses to display the knowledge they have gained in a competitive and friendly atmosphere. Additionally, it is designed to encourage youths and leaders to study and obtain a more thorough and complete knowledge of horses and related subject matter. Youths will gain confidence in their horse knowledge and be rewarded and recognized for their achievements. Finally, the Horse Bowl Contest is designed to always provide an enjoyable educational experience for participants and spectators.

IHSA Horse Show

January 29, 2018

The Northwestern University Hunt Seat show in Evanston, Illinois was a great opening to the spring season. ISU was one of the t eams within the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association that competed.  Kaitlyn Chantrey(Junior) placed 1st in her flat class, and placed 5th in her over fences glass despite losing her stirrups every jump! Caitlin Fjeld (Freshman) placed 2nd in her jumping class, and 4th in her flat class. Ashley Janssen (Freshman) placed 4th in her jumping class, and 2nd on the flat. Mara Resop (Freshman) placed 2nd in her flat class. Sejla Pujagic (Freshman) placed 4th in her flat class. Abby Wylder (Junior) finished 4th in her flat class despite having change horses twice due to lameness issues. Anna Randleman(Junior) placed 2nd in the flat class.


Area Youth Earn Top Honors at Western National Roundup

January 10, 2018

Area youth competed in one of the two 4-H National Horse Judging Contests … Western National Roundup, in Denver, CO January 4-7, 2018.  Mackenzie Berkland, Ruthven; Skyler Morphew, Bancroft; Ariana Umscheid, Terril and Madison Strief from Dubuque County, represented Iowa 4-H. They placed 5th as a team in the performance (riding) classes, 1st as a team in Oral Reasons, and first as a team overall.  Teams came to compete in this contest from across the nation and Canada.

Make Sure Horses Have Water in the Winter

January 9, 2018

The average size horse drinks 10 to 12 gallons of water per day. Draft horses may drink up to 15 to 20 gallons of water a day. A lactating mare or a horse that has sweated a lot will drink more. Cold weather increases feed or energy intake so the horse can tolerate the weather. Many horses consume more hay. Water has a role in moving digesta through the intestine. Lack of fresh, unfrozen water is the number one cause of colic during the winter due to intestinal impaction.

ISU Equine Students travel to Lexington, Kentucky to Fasig Tipton Sale

November 21, 2017

Lecturer, Nikki Ferwerda, teaches Animal Science 317B, Equine Behavior and Training - Yearlings. Part of the class includes a trip to Lexington, Kentucky to observe the November  Fasig-Tipton sale. Fasig Tipton is an auction house for Thoroughbred horses founded in 1898. It is the oldest auction company of its kind in North America and the November sale is the world's premier breeding stock event.

Iowa State Fair 4H Horse Show

July 21, 2016

The Iowa State Fair 4H Horse Show is a long tradition at the Iowa State Fair. The show runs from August 8th through noon on August 11th. On Monday horses arrive and fill the horse barn on the fairgrounds. Youth and their families bring with them tack boxes, saddles, bridles, feed and much more. The youth have worked all year and especially the last few months to prepare horses for the show. The Iowa State Fair 4H Horse Show Schedule is listed below. Everyone is invited to come watch and cheer for the youth.


May 31 Nelore Seedstock Operation

June 6, 2016

The last full day in Brazil was planned out to travel a couple hours to see a purebred Nelore seedstock operation in the morning and travel back five hours to Goiania for a Brazilian style barbeque.  The day was derailed from the beginning as we had bus problems and were on the side of the road in the middle of Brazil for over two hours. By this time in our trip we were in central Brazil so it was fairly warm outside in the sun.  We were eventually saved by a mechanic from town manned with a pair of jumper cables. 


Brazil Study Abroad - Meat Packing Plant (06/01/16)

June 1, 2016

This morning, we went to a beef packing plant called JBS. I have very little beef background and had never been to a meat packing plant before. When we got there, we had a fantastic breakfast while we learned a little bit about the plant. After that, we put on some marshmallow suits that were white and clean. We got some boots and a helmet and a very thick sweatshirt that I (and several others) wished we could bring home with us because they would be perfect for Iowa winters. After we all got dressed and took a group picture, we started the tour of the plant itself.


JBS June 1st

June 1, 2016

Our Brazil trip has been a blast. From the first day we got here to the last day we were here, it has been nothing but pure fun and education. The first part of the trip was about equine. I first only came for the beef part of the trip, but after experiencing the full experience of horses, I have developed a new appreciation and love for horses. When we finally went to the beef farms, it was like something I had never seen before. It ranged from a giant feedlot that held 33,000 bulls to a giant cow/calf ranch that took forever to drive around and see all the Nelore cattle.


Resort Day # 2

May 30, 2016

Yesterday we had another relaxing day at Rio Quente resorts. There were slides we could go on and very relaxing hot springs that we could go swim in. We were able to meet Pedro and his family at the resort, Pedro works as a consultant for Cargill. Pedro is going to be our tour guide as we go to Goies and visit some of the cattle stops. Today we visited one of the largest cattle feedlots in Brazil. They usually raise around 35,000 bulls a year that they take to harvest.


Brazilian Bliss

May 29, 2016

Hi everyone! The past nine days being in Brazil has been amazing. In all honesty, the word 'amazing' barely describes all the memories, laughs, new friends and new experiences. I still wake up every morning shocked and excited that I am in Brazil. So, let me update you on a few of the cool things we have explored and learned about! You can learn more in depth from others' blogs what we were up to this past week. However, I'll give you a quick over view then I'll talk about our great weekend at the resort!


May 28 - First Day at the Resort

May 29, 2016

Today was a day full of fun. We weren't bright eyed and bushy tailed until about 9:30 for breakfast. We truly woke up in a different world. Last night when we came we couldn't see anything in the dark. Just knew that we were somewhere with warm water and swim up bars. Turns out this resort is tucked away in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by mountains. After breakfast we went to explore the resort and hot park.


May 27/28 - Arrival at the Resort

May 29, 2016

Dr. Gobaso showed us the school yard and teaching facilities after our morning breakfast. When comparing the buildings to our own, there are several pros and cons to each to take into account. What I believe to be essentially important to their school system is the rustic architectural structure of the buildings, and the food at their cafetaria that is grown right there on the farms. What I like about our classes over theirs is how clean and organized our buildings are because it appears that our educational system is more structured, even with its flaws.