Foaling season has arrived at the horse barns

Mare and foal walk along a snowy corral fence

Photo by Christopher Gannon.

An 8-day-old foal cozies up to its mother for warmth (or confidence?) along a snowy corral fence Monday morning at the horse barns on the north side of campus. According to farm manager and associate teaching professor Nikki Ferwerda, about 80 foals will be born on campus between January and June; this beauty is No. 4. Keep up with the birth announcements on the barns' Facebook site.

In addition to the historic horse barns, the animal science department operates the equine learning center on Mortensen Road, west of the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.