Dr. Sarah L. Ralston, Equine Examiner

Animal studies have always felt more personal than other forms of studies. Geography, chemistry, and physics are all well an good, but ecology will always be this writer’s personal favorite.

This sentiment is shared be Dr. Sarah Ralston, a current professor at Rutgers University. Specifically, her interest and research subject revolves around equines. Her work with horses has gotten her a lot of attention and two awards/honors, as well as allowing her the opportunity to take part in many national equine and veterinary committees. The two committees she is currently apart of are the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Education Contract Program Advisory Committee and the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics: working group for development of NAEAA ‘alumni’ survey tool.

Dr. Ralston got her bachelors, doctorate, and her veterinary license (School of Veterinary Medicine) at the University of Pennsylvania. Other forms of education include her Masters gotten from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and her Board Certification at the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

One study she has taken a part in was her research on glucose/insulin metabolism and growth in horses. A link was found between a high-grain (high carbohydrate) diet and to developmental orthopedic diseases in young horses. For older horses, this kind of diet has also been linked with a disease known as laminitis. Due to this link, their is research studying metabolic alterations between different diet: one high in carbohydrates and one low in carbohydrates. To do this, they use a process known as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) to better collect data.

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2 thoughts on “Dr. Sarah L. Ralston, Equine Examiner”

  1. Very well written article. You really taught me a lot about the correlation between horse diet and their health. It is interesting to see how the level of carbohydrates in a diet can really affect the horses health.

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad I could spread the word. Many people realize that there are certain consequences to having too many carbohydrates in their diet (weight gain being the one to come to mind most often), but their are other, much more serious risks as well. And this is just for humans, imagine having to find out all the consequences for a species that isn’t your own. Very interesting indeed.

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