Veterinary Science Students Learn Right From the Horse’s Mouth

December 11, 2018

What’s the best way to learn about horses? Spend time with them, of course. That is what Veterinary Science students at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES are doing. Teacher Christina Urbanski and her students have been helping out at 13 Hands Equine Rescue in Bedford, and getting hands-on learning in the process.
“My students have been learning about horse anatomy and basically doing whatever work needs to be done at 13 Hands,” said Urbanski. “It is an amazing experience for them!”
The students help out every Friday at the facility, which rescues horses that are unwanted, abused or slaughter-house bound.
“The students are a huge help to us,” said 13 Hands Equine Rescue’s Jacqueline Zaslow. “They come eager to learn and to work. They help with anything we need to do at the farm, from cleaning paddocks to grooming horses. They are bright, ask excellent questions and are a pleasure to work with!”
So far students have been involved in cleaning stalls, providing water, and leading the horses out from stable to pasture. Soon they will learn about horse foot care, when the horse farrier, a specialist in equine foot care, visits the facility.
“They are getting up close and personal views about horse behavior, which is a major part of horse care,” said Urbanski. “The hands-on learning is something students really love.”
From left: Meaghan Hoyt (Putnam Valley), Kaitlyn Quezada (Peekskill), Paula Membreno (Ossining), Bianca Jimenez (Carmel), Alicia Romero (Fox Lane), and Logan Nardelli (Mahopac).