The true equine ambassadors at the Center for Equine Health are the 180 teaching herd horses that call the center home and contribute to research, teaching and outreach in many different ways. These amazing animals are our partners in research projects, help train veterinary students and residents, undergraduates and graduate students, and participate in outreach projects such as our collaboration with the Connected Horse Dementia Project. Some were born here, whereas others have come to us through donations. One thing they all share in common is that their backgrounds are as unique as their personalities.
In an effort to share with the equine community a little bit about what makes the CEH teaching herd horses so special, we started our Horse of the Month Facebook feature in 2018. Each month we profiled one of our teaching herd horses with a picture, an often tongue-in-cheek description, and a highlight of the ways that each horse contributes to CEH’s mission. From Annie to Velvet, this year’s collection of Horse of the Month horses featured a gamer, a ‘90s fashionista, an escape artist, and a festive gentle giant, among others. If you missed any of our Horse of the Month entries, or want to see them again, just stop by our CEH Facebook page (Be sure to “like” our page while you’re there!).
We hope you enjoyed our 2018 Horse of the Month features as much as we enjoyed writing them. For information on how you can help support our teaching herd horses, please vising our Teaching Herd Fund page at: https://give.ucdavis.edu/go/teachingherd.