Jane Griffin has loved animals, especially horses, her whole life. Her equine experiences include caring for and showing horses, being part of the equestrian team and teaching others to ride. Here is what she said in an interview.
What is your major? Why did you choose this major? I am an Animal Science major with a concentration in Equine Studies. Animals, specifically horses, have always been my passion and learning about them is exciting for me. I’ve wanted to work with horses ever since I was a little girl.
Name two or three activities, internships or jobs that have enriched your studies. I currently work at the UConn horse barn. I have been employed there since the fall of 2012. Working at the barn has been enriching to my studies for many reasons. I’ve worked at horse barns cleaning stalls and feeding horses before but never at a barn with a breeding program. I’ve learned so much about caring for pregnant mares, newborn foals and stallions. Over the spring semester/summer, I spent a lot of time bottle feeding and caring for one of the babies after the mother didn’t produce any milk. I don’t think I would have had an opportunity like this anywhere but UConn.
Over this past summer, I went with Mr. Bennett, the manager of the barn, to the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show and the New England Morgan Show to show the horses, UC Valentino and UC Mastermind. I learned so many things with Mr. Bennett about caring for show horses and preparing horses, tack, etc. for the show ring. I worked hard, but, overall, it was a wonderful experience. (more…)