Professional Saddle Fitter Demonstration
On Tuesday, April 26th, the Saint Vincent College Equestrian program welcomed professional saddle fitters Katie Gussenhofen-Close and her husband, Bruce, to our campus. Katie and Bruce discussed their 10-step process for evaluating a saddle for appropriate fit to a horse, along with the health implications a horse can experience later on in life associated with an improperly fitting saddle. Katie and Bruce entertained a Q&A session, as well as offered participants the opportunity to learn hands-on the signs of a properly fitting saddle. Thank you, Katie and Bruce for sharing your knowledge with us!
1st organized Trail Ride At SVC
On Sunday, October 4th, the Saint Vincent College Equestrian Team hosted their first organized trail ride on the college's grounds. Participants enjoyed a 6-mile trail ride through the woodlands, wetlands, and farmlands belonging to the Benedictine Monks. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Equestrian Program. Plans are already in the making to do it again in the future!
GERIATRIC EQUINE DENTISTRY SEMINAR
On Wednesday, April 29th, Dr. Gian P. Gargiulo, DVM, a licensed veterinarian with advanced studies and training in the newest dental systems for complete diagnosis and research-based oral care, was our guest presenter at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. Dr. Gian spoke about the importance of maintaining equine oral care throughout the life of a horse. Dr. Gian provided a live demonstration on our club lesson horse, James. Pictures courtesy of equestrian team member Julie Rutkauskas.