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Onto the ethics approval process…

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…by Nancy / from the United States / MSc Equine Science / 3rd Year

Wow! Crazy how mid August is already upon us! Here in the States, this time of year is sometimes referred to as “High Summer”. The season when humidity, bugs and heat all combine, in an overwhelming fashion, to make us look forward to the coming cooler autumn weather. It has been so humid here in the midwest I am actually looking forward to the colder temps of winter!! Todays humidity is an oppressive 74% and the bugs seem to be loving it. Not so much enjoyment, though, for me or my horses.

As far as the Equine Science update goes, I have passed my last module (Research Methods Data Analysis for Equine Science) and now wait for ethical approval on my research project. I am really excited to partner with Professor Brian Nielsen, of Michigan State University, as my Project Supervisor. His Equine Physiology and Nutrition knowledge will be an asset to my research. He also was one of my lecturers during my Equine Nutrition and Equine Physiology courses through Edinburgh. This program of study has enabled me to hook up with researchers and scientist that are far beyond my own level of study. I am grateful and humbled to be able to contribute, even in a small way, to their ongoing research. Once my ethical approval is granted, I’ll begin my dissertation year September 17th! This program of study has been a lot of hard work, but it has also been fun and enjoyable! If Edinburgh continues these postgraduate blogs, I’ll continue to keep you informed!

Racing update: Storm Temple Pilot won last night at Canterbury Park going 5 furlongs (approximately 1 km) on the turf in 56.92 seconds. She broke out of the gate, ahead of the pack, by 4 lengths and maintained her position to win by 2 lengths. We were extremely happy with her effort, but she always has a lot of “try” in her. She is a hard working mare!

Well, I better go get on some horses…the bugs and humidity are waiting.  🙂

Until next time,


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