Why a Clover Leaf Pattern?

Where did the famous barrel racing of the modern day today come from and why has it become so popular? For how long I’ve know about barrel racing I never really knew the history behind how it all started. I wanted to dig into the rich history of rodeo and the infamous clover pattern. It all started in the 1930’s when Faye Blackstone from Parrish, Florida as she was in her trick riding career, but it seemed to become replaced she started her horsemanship to the barrels. She began the barrel racing event with a couple other cowgirls in 1950 in Florida. Read more about Why a Clover Leaf Pattern?


Wrangling the Rockies

Caroline TreadwillDo you love horses? Do you want to sharpen your people skills? Have you ever wanted to live in Colorado? Consider shaping up that dusty cowboy hat and becoming a wrangler for the summer! It’s a fast-paced hands-on opportunity that will surely spice up your resume. This last summer I worked as a wrangler in Estes Park, Colorado, and it was an experience not to be forgotten. Read more about Wrangling the Rockies


A Severe Tummy Twist

Signs of colicColic is a term used for when a horse is having mild-severe abdominal pain. This type of situation can have many causes such as ingestion, diet types, quick change in diet, parasites, lack of water, stress, and twisted stomach. It is important to be able to spot this problem with a horse as soon as possible as it can be very severe and could possibly lead to death. Read more about A Severe Tummy Twist


Energy, Feed Ingredients and the Horse

Energy is supplied to the horse via the diet but fundamentally energy is not a nutrient. Horses need energy to carry out their body’s essential daily functions, including the digestion and absorption of food, activity, growth and reproduction. The total energy contained in a feed is called gross energy (GE). The GE of a feedstuff is not a good indicator of the energy available to a horse from a feedstuff. Thus, with horses, we use digestible energy (DE) which is GE minus the energy contained in feces. Digestible energy is expressed in Mcal which is a multiple of the unit of energy calorie. Read more about Energy, Feed Ingredients and the Horse

Fiber and the Horse

Forages as hay or pasture make up the major share of the horse's daily intake. The energy and nutritive value of forages varies considerably and to a large extent is determined by the fiber content and fiber quality. Fibrous carbohydrates, also known as structural carbohydrates, are not digested in the small intestine but rather are digested by billions of bacteria in the hindgut. Some of the end products of bacterial fermentation include substances called volatile fatty acids (VFA) which are absorbed from the hindgut and used as a valuable source of energy. Read more about Fiber and the Horse


Life Cycle of the Mosquito

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. Read more about Life Cycle of the Mosquito


Castration Lab

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. Read more about Castration Lab


Iowa Equine Needs Assessment Survey Results

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. Read more about Iowa Equine Needs Assessment Survey Results

Saddle Up Safely

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. Read more about Saddle Up Safely


4H Horse and Pony ID

4-H Horse and Pony ID


IHSA Horse Show

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. Read more about IHSA Horse Show


Area Youth Earn Top Honors at Western National Roundup

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. Read more about Area Youth Earn Top Honors at Western National Roundup

Make Sure Horses Have Water in the Winter

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. Read more about Make Sure Horses Have Water in the Winter

Horse Project Leaders Needs Assessment

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Equine Program is conducting a statewide Equine Needs Assessment Survey to identify the educational needs of the horse project leaders. We are asking for your thoughts and input on a variety of topics, events and training's related to your role as equine project leaders. Read more about Horse Project Leaders Needs Assessment