Thoroughbred geldings, A Real Siberian and Summer Jam ran a few races during their careers. Although not big winners, they still maintain their strong racehorse work ethic and have gone on to find a new important career path. After retiring, they joined the Thoroughbred herd at the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, where Dr. Heather Knych leads a group of researchers in setting the standard for horse racing health and safety.
Following their rotation at the lab, A Real Siberian and Summer Jam became teaching horses at the Center for Equine Health (CEH), home to 180 horses that comprise the teaching herd, the only one of its kind and size in the country associated with an academic institution. In addition to racing, these donated horses have retired from a variety of jobs—cutting, dressage, jumping, reining and pleasure riding.
A Real Siberian and Summer Jam play an integral role in the CEH’s mission of advancing equine health. Both horses are docile and patient, desirable qualities making them easy to handle. They are essential in helping train future veterinarians, academic clinicians and researchers by providing invaluable hands-on learning opportunities.
Sharing the CEH’s commitment are generous donors, like animal-lover, Goldie Kaszub. Through her planned gift, she will establish the Teaching Horse Endowment. Kaszub believes that the herd is essential to helping horses live long and healthy lives and hopes to inspire others to contribute—maintaining it for generations to come.
Thanks to the Teaching Horse Endowment, horses like A Real Siberian and Summer Jam hit the jackpot. Teaching horses receive excellent veterinary care and will live out the rest of their lives comfortably, enjoying the companionship of others in the herd. The endowment will provide long-term support for their well-being, in ways such as individualized nutrition, summer grazing on an irrigated green pasture and ample room to run around.
The welfare of all horses depends on continuous advancement in equine health. Through research and educational efforts, the CEH is dedicated to providing new information and improved diagnostic and therapeutic options to benefit horses.
For information about making a gift to support the Teaching Horse Endowment, please contact the Office of Development at 530-752-7024