Do you love horses? Do you love science? If you answered YES to both of these questions then you might want to consider a career in equine nutrition, exercise physiology, behavior and so much more! At Equis Feed, we love good research. CHS Nutrition, the makers of Equis Feed, and their partners are constantly in pursuit of answers to questions you may have about your horse’s health and well being. When added together, the number of research trials and peer reviewed articles supporting the ingredients in Equis Feeds is in the 1,000 range! And that doesn’t even count the countless research summarized in the National Research Council’s Nutrient Requirements for Horses (2007)!
So, in celebration of good research we’re encouraging young equestrians to dive in! Can you think of a question that you’ve asked yourself about your horse’s health? Is there a creative way to answer that question yourself by employing the scientific method? If you have a “hunch”, consider registering your project by January 31st, 2018.
Here’s what you need to do. Design an equine research project and describe in it in 2 pages or less (12 font, normal margins). Your 2 page description should include 1) a clear hypothesis, 2) a scientific method of inquiry to answer that hypothesis (aka Procedure), 3) and at least 3 good references that you’ve found to support your hypothesis.
Then, perform your experiment! Submit a paper by May 1st, 2018 to Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org. It must be less than 10 pages and include title, introduction, hypothesis, methods, results, conclussion, discussion, and tables and figures. A panel of judges (veterinarians, nutritionists and other specialists) will review papers. Qualified papers will be asked to present a poster at the 2nd Annual Equis Science Fair.
Need help organizing your paper? Try these links.
- 11 Steps to Structuring a Science Paper
- Journal of Equine Veterinary Science Author Info
- Colorado State University: Writing the Scientific Paper