Having a relaxing weekend hack on Arya the ex racehorse and Summer the haflinger pony

MAREC blog: Week 2-3

An action packed couple of weeks…

Our first weekend at the MARE Centre was a good one, Michelle had her first weekend shift feeding the horses (we all take it in turns in pairs) and I spent time at another of the interns house doing a cook out and playing outside games – cornhole was my favourite.

The following 2 weeks have been action packed and there hasn’t been many days where nothing was happening. All of the interns are really fun and we have kept our spirits up in the 90-100ºF (32-38ºC) heat along with the incredible humidity.

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MAREC blog: Week 1

What a fantastic first week we’ve just had!

After a warm welcome from the whole team at the Middleburg Agricultural Research Extension Centre (including s’mores roasted under an open fire, surrounded by the flickering lights of a hundred fireflies at the end of our first full day), we’ve already been involved in two key research projects here at the MAREC.

The first involved shadowing a vet who was scoping for gastric ulcers in the thoroughbred herd; these results will then be compared with paired data following two weeks of bi-daily dosing with a trial painkiller to investigate any potential side effects; the second was a grassland project testing a variety of grasses for palatability, stability underfoot, sugar content, etc.

We have also aided the vet during ultrasounds and uterine lavages of potential breeding mares, helped to organise and disseminate stallion breeding contracts and worked with the rest of the team doing the daily tasks on the yard.

It’s fair to say that we are both still adjusting to the time difference and incredible heat, but the frequent sightings of fantastic new wildlife, new opportunities to grab hold of and constant laughter between a friendly team have been more than enough to keep us on our toes!

Zoe Greenwood and Michelle Hand - MAREC internship

Equine undergraduates win USA internships

Two Reaseheath equine science undergraduates have won prestigious internships in the USA.

Michelle Hand and Zoe Greenwood have both been awarded the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) competitive internship to go to Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE Center).

The MARE Center is a 420 acre equine research and education facility in Middleburg, Virginia – the heart of horse country in the USA. The three month internship will allow our undergraduates to develop research and academic skills in a practical, hands-on, environment.

The programme, which focuses on optimising horse and environmental health, is designed to prepare students for careers in the equine industry, academia or veterinary science by applying classroom knowledge in a ‘real world’ context.