Photoshoot with my Casper!
Wednesday, August 15th
It was our last day of work, which was bittersweet and fun. I definitely had a great experience at KER and learned so much! We ended the day with cake and some good photos!
Our cake with an inside joke from Dr. B!
Ali and I with our cake
Tuesday, August 14th
I spent most of the day working and then packing!
Monday, August 13th
Our London crew came back and reported back with all positive news-the Games went very well for KER, who is the official feed provided for all the horses in the Olympics. Even with them back, we still made time to go to Keeneland for the morning workout and we got to spend time chatting with the trainer for Dr. Pagan’s racehorse. It was interesting hearing about how he got to where he was, and he was from Minnesota!
All of us interns at Keeneland
Sunday, August 12th
We had our day off, so we went to the pool and went to watch polo in the evening.
Saturday, August 11th
We had our day of work and then we had our going away party that our housemate Clay hosted for us. We had a grillout and dancing and it was a lot of fun and a good end to the summer!
With Ali, Clay, and Jeffery (who lives at the house during the year)
Had a great time with some great KY friends!
Friday, August 10th
Today was our visit to the Gluck Equine Research Center, which is part of University of KY. It was very cool, lot’s of research, and they do a lot within the industry/what they study there.
Random picture of Simon and I, one of the horses at Anna’s barn.
Thursday, August 9th
Today, along with the string of horse problems from previous days, Hero started to choke, so we went with Dr. B out to Anna’s barn to check it out. In the case of a horse choking, you stick a tube down its esophagus to push the obstruction (usually a lump of drier, compact feed) down it’s throat and it can breathe again normally. We do give them some ace so they get sleepy, but it just makes the process more quick and easy.
I on the left and Megan on the right, helping Dr. B pump fluids and the tube down Hero’s throat
Wednesday, Aug 8th
Clyde, one of our old horses, has bad feet. When checking on him today we noticed he was very lame and could barely walk. Turns out one of his hooves had been chipped badly sometime in the night and he was in quite a bit of pain. We ended up going out and putting a pad on his feed, combined with covering it with sole paint. He got a new pad before we left that we covered with duct tape and he’s been good to go ever since. Again, another normal work day otherwise
Tuesday, August 7th
Today started the series of bad luck during the next couple days of this week. After bringing my beloved Casper in, he started colicking, so we had to take action. We first made sure his lung wasn’t full of fluids, he got a bloody nose in the process, then we had to IV drip him. Luckily he ended up pulling out of it but it was scary for awhile. Otherwise, another work day. However, after the fiascos of the work day, we went to take our second polo lesson in which we tried to hit the ball while cantering on the horse. It was much more hot today but we did well!
Going after the ball