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  • Gender: Filly
  • Born: May, 2008
  • Color: Chestnut
  • Weight as of 4/5/2010: 552 kg
  • Height as of 4/5/10:
Withers: 62 in
Rump: 64.0 in
Quarter Horse, Belgian
  • Sire: Cadillac Coyjack (Quarter Horse)
  • Sire Height: 15.1h
  • Dam: "Scar" ( Quarter Horse, Belgian)
  • Siblings: RU Sydney-class of 2001 ( maternal 1/2 brother), RU HipHip Hooray-Class of 2004 (maternal 1/2 sister)
Bred by Hiatt Ranch in Bottineau, North Dakota, USA
  • Students: Renee Hines and Allison Sommerkorn
  • Sponsors: Sandra Denarski and Johnson & Johnson

March 2010

     It is hard to believe that it is already April and the day of the auction is quickly approaching. It has been a long semester for Glinda. About a month ago we were really worried about her. She had a huge abcess on her right hock, from what we thought was a pressure sore that had gotten infected. After a trip to MidAtlantic Equine Medical Center and a lot of care and treatment, she is sound and ready for the auction. Glinda's hock is still large, but is healing well.  Although it is never going to be fully back to normal, she is still a beautiful, intelligent filly with a lot of potential.
      Glinda has made a lot of progress through the past month and especially during her treatment.  It has been an experience for me especially, to be able to treat and learn from her injury.  I have gained a lot more confidence handling her, cleaning her injuries, and applying medicine and bandages to her hock.   She has become much better with bathing and has had a lot of exposure to us handling and hosing her injuries, and eventually accepted the fact that we are actually helping her.
During her trip to the hospital and the move over to our red barn , Glinda did exceptionally well getting in and out of the trailer and trusting her new environments.  Glinda has also learned to trust me and her other students, who are not always as confident as other more experienced handlers.  It has been rewarding to see her become more accepting and trusting. 
        Next two week will be a busy for Glinda.  We plan on practicing more on all of her commands to perfect them for the Ag. Field day, and eventually we will be able to practice lunging since it is finally nice out.  We will continue to work on her manners in the wash stall as well as desensitizing her to spray bottles and intimidating situations, similar to what she might experience on Ag. Field day.  She will also get some exposure to our Equisizer for some much needed exercise.  Glinda’s dapples are showing and she is shedding out beautifully.  By the day of the auction she will be pampered, trimmed, braided, and ready to put her best hoof forward.  It will be sad to see her leave us, because I have learned so much the past two years with her, but it will be even more exciting and rewarding to see her find a home so she can continue to reach her full potential. 

Written by Alli Sommerkorn

February 2010

    So far, working with Glinda has been very rewarding.  She is very brave but sensitive.  If I’m having a bad day and I try to work with her, she’s nervous and hesitant.  Most days, however, she amazes me with how fast she picks things up.  Lately, we have been working on halting by my side as soon as she sees me stop, being tied in the aisle, trotting while being led from the right side, backing up without any pressure, and perfecting the turns on the haunches and forehead.  She has recently been desensitized to whips, being groomed from a stool, and being vacuumed with a Dust Buster hand-held vacuum.  For all of these things, Glinda was very brave.
    Robin Rivello (a professional trainer and President of the Wild Horse and Burro Association who is helping us with the training this year) works with us once a week in individual sessions.  With Robin, we have been working on cross-tying in the “scary aisle,” teaching her to move forward with pressure on her sides (as if she’s being ridden), and turning in response to pulls on the sides of her halter.  She can also side pass in both directions, and lunge in a small circle.  We plan on adding the bridle and surcingle to our training sessions soon, and teaching her to lunge in large circles and long line.  The weather just has to cooperate so that we can go outside! .  I’m very pleased with how much progress she has made in just a month.
    A few weeks ago, Glinda had her wolf teeth extracted.  She was extremely well behaved for the dentist and recovered quickly.  She was also great for getting blood drawn during Dr. Ralston’s study over the past two weeks, barely flinching at all.  The next month is going to get very busy, with the move to the red barn in March and Ag Field Day sessions beginning. 

Written by Renee Hines

January 2010

I transferred into Rutgers University four semesters ago and started out with no horse experience.  My first real exposure to horses was two semesters ago with Glinda for Ag Field day and three semesters later, I am still working with her. Although Glinda’s failure to sell at the first auction seemed like a bad thing, I feel extremely fortunate to continue my education and experience with such a bright horse.
        With the help of Dr. Ralston and Renee Hines, her other student, I am confident that we can accomplish a lot with Glinda this semester.   I have noticed that she is extremely receptive to my moods and sometimes that is a challenge, especially when she is up and ready for turn out and I feel like I am still asleep at 8AM.  
        We put Glinda through her first behavioral test of the semester to determine where we would be needing more work on the basic commands.  Renee and I will be working on many of the basic commands, such as backing up from voice alone, turning on the haunches and trotting in hand.  However she did exceptionally well on halting, turns on the forehands, and leading from both the left and right sides. Glinda can also sense the difference in confidence levels between me and Renee and sometimes can be a bit of a challenge for me.  But Renee helps us both and we are learning a lot.

Written by Alli Sommerkorn

November 2009

Since September, I have been trying to work with Glinda as much as possible to improve her commands. Being a novice myself to horses, other than last year doing Horse Practicum, its still a learning experience for me but never boring. I had been missing in action near the middle of October for about two weeks and when I came back to the barn I could tell that Glinda had missed my attention and being groomed. I found out that lately when I groom her she turns around, faces me and likes to put her head on my shoulder. I guess thats her way of saying thanks! Glinda continues to grow! She now weighs over 1,100 pounds and is getting bigger and bigger every day. She is 60 inches at the withers and 62 inches at the rump. A little too much to my liking because Im short! No worries though. One of the behavior tests that I hope to introduce to her very soon is grooming her while standing on the step stool.  Glinda has been doing very well on her behavior tests from the past couple weeks.  She got an A- on the clipper test with only very minor problems; she backed up at first when the clippers were turned on.  Glinda did some round pen training last week. She is not bad, but she could use some freshening up on her turns and stops. That is my goal for the next couple of weeks.  A few weeks ago we had the ferrier come to the barn. Glinda did very well except for one of her back legs. She has made much progress with her hooves since the beginning of the year however; she only tries pulling away every so often. I'm excited for next months adventures!

Written By: Sarah Shaw

October 2009
     When I go to the barn, Glinda begs for attention from me and it is really cute. I feel badly about not being there to train her every day, but when I am there, I try my best to get the best out of her. She has learned not to rush out of her stall and to wait until I say “walk on” to walk out after the door is open. When I am grooming her, she will let me know where she is very itchy at by itching the area herself and then looking at me to get me to scratch the area with the currycomb.
All of the horses were put through a standardized behavior test on October 2, 2009, details of which are under “News”. The purpose of the series of tests is to 1) to document how well the horses perform basic handling commands and their responses to standardized challenges and 2) to see if there is a behavior or reaction difference in the mustangs and weanlings who have not been expose to any of these things versus the draft cross yearlings who have had a full year of training. To standardize the tasks Dr. Ralston leads each horse through its test and gets a consensus from the students observing as to the grade the horse earns on each task. They were graded on a scale of A+ =4.5 to an F=0 (A+ being no resistance and flawless compliance, F being striking, refusing, kicking, not listening at all). Glinda got the highest average score of all the horses, a 3.9 with no scores below an A-!
     We will be stepping up Glinda’s training program with set lesson plans for each week starting in November.

Written By: Leslie Anglin

September 2009

  Glinda is going to be a big girl! She is already 15 hands tall at the withers and her rump is three inches higher than that!However,  Glinda is the sweetest thing. She has not forgotten any of her manners over the past 3 months of summer break.  On the other hand, Glinda knows her size and she will test you to see if you can handle her. You do have to be a little stern with her and just let her know that you will not let her push you around. She also will try to push out her stall when you are walking out, but  standing in her path and saying “where are you going?” will make her back up and just stand politely as if to say “oops, sorry!”

For the semester, I am going to introduce Glinda to new things such as a saddle, shipping boots, bridle and bit, round penning, and anything else that will help prepare her as the perfect two year old. When it is time for auction next year, I hope she will master all things and will be the highest selling horse. 

Written By: Leslie Anglin

March 2009

Prior to spring break (March 14-22) we completed our last glucose insulin trials. Glinda was not thrilled about being lightly pricked by the lidocane needle to prep her for the IV catheter, and was so fussy she did not have the catheter put in. She was still used for the trial but was pricked only three times to sample her blood and was very good for all three times. After the trial all fourteen babies were turned out together for the first time since they began their college career. They were on twenty-four hour turnout for a little less then a week and were allowed to freely graze in a large pasture and play. After their week of fun, they were put on the trailer in groups of three or four and taken to the red barn. I was told that Glinda was a little hesitant at first, but after smelling the trailer she smoothly walked on.

Glinda is still adjusting to the red barn surroundings but has settled in nicely. Practice has already begun for Ag. Field Day and Glinda's calm, loving, and kind personality has already taken over her new students hearts. Glinda has been doing very well at remembering most of her commands but needs some extra help when asked to turn on the haunchs and forehand. She has been very receptive to new obstacles such as the cross ties, the hose, and umbrellas. We have discovered she loves to walk onto the scale at the red barn and doesn't look twice at obstacles on the ground. Very soon Glinda will begin basic round pen training and make trips to the Round House to prepare her for the auction on April 26th. Glinda will be very busy for her last few weeks of her academic career here at Rutgers, all in preparation for her to go to a great home on auction day.

Written by Lauren Seddon

February 2009

Glinda has been re-adjusting beautifully from being outside all the time over the winter break to being stalled overnight and handled regularly again. The new trials have begun for this semester and Glinda is in the group that is fed unsupplemented hay cubes, which she does not seem to appreciate so far! As far as her training goes, I just took over as her official student. Glinda had an excellent background in regard to her commands so now I am just doing my best to maintain her ability to perform the various tasks we ask of the young horses. She absolutely loves attention and stands perfectly still while being groomed. She is very patient, kind, and forgiving. She has grown rapidly in the past two weeks and gets prettier every day. She is a joy and a pleasure and I look forward to working with her for the rest of the semester.

Written by Lauren Seddon

November 2008

Glinda has settled very well into her new life here at Rutgers University, and continues to be an intelligent and calm filly. Although she has shown us much of her lovable personality she remains a pleasure to work around. She has continued to improve her leading skills by practicing the commands 'back' and 'square up' a couple of times a week. In addition, she has conquered the 'scary aisle' that has many different types of things for her to experience, and while she was hesitant as first she took it step by step and realized there was nothing to be frightened about. Glinda has also begun to learn how to properly stand while tied and seemed to quickly understand what I was asking of her.

In the beginning of November Glinda began to participate in a new nutrition trial. Glinda is in the group which receives about 17lbs of hay cubes once a day. The cubes have the nutritional content of both hay and concentrate combined so it provides her with adequate nutrition. The purpose of this is to compare the difference between a meal that is served in lower concentrations throughout the day versus two feedings (the other group that Glinda is not in) that are highly concentrated. Glinda it turned out for half of the day and then comes in for the night. She eats her cubes well and seems to be doing well on her new diet as she continues to grow and gain weight.

Written by Kathleen Richards

October 2008

RU The Good Witch, more affectionately known as Glinda around the barn, has had some major transitions to go through in the last month. It's a big difference in lifestyle here at Rutgers University compared to the wide open pastures in Bottineau, North Dakota! I must say though, she seems to thoroughly enjoy it here in New Brunswick. Glinda has proved to be a lovely filly in both looks and mind, and has been a pleasure to work around ever since she stepped off of the trailer.

It's been a month of firsts for Glinda, from figuring out what pellets are to getting her feet trimmed. It took her almost two weeks to figure out that pellets were edible and actually quite tasty. We had to put her salt block in her grain bucket in order to get her to try them! Glinda is routinely groomed and practices her leading skills, including using the commands 'whoa' and 'walk on'.

Glinda has participated in research trials as well. She was in a closed off stall for the first week of her stay to observe and measure her stress response to being more secluded from the other foals. Last week she also was part of a low dose dextrose trial and was very cooperative for getting her catheter put in and for drawing blood. Glinda continues to be a gem to work with and I am looking forward to spending the rest of the year working with her!

Written by Kathleen Richards

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