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Horse club uses new school facilities

TICONDEROGA - The Adirondack Horse Club recently met in the new Ticonderoga Middle School science room.

The guest speaker was Chantell Bruce, LVT, of the Westport Veterinary Hospital. Bruce demonstrated to the dozen or more group members how to conduct a fecal float test to detect parasite eggs in horse droppings. Each ADK Horse Club member had the opportunity to bring in a fecal sample from his or her horses and run the test to determine the presence of parasite eggs.

The idea to hold the meeting in the new classroom came from Aspen Olcott, a seventh grade science student of Janet Mallon. Olcott is a member of the club and has horses of her own.

The club needed to have access to microscopes to view the eggs harvested from the fecal samples. Olcott mentioned the idea to hold the meeting in the science room to her mother and to the president of the ADK Horse Club, Susan Taylor, and the two women contacted Mallon.

Bruce had the luxury of using the new facility, microscopes and using the microscope camera to project the sample images on the Smart Board. The Internet was also accessed to view a variety of common equine parasites and eggs, and then those images were also projected using the Smart Board technology.

The club seemed to have a lively informative meeting and enjoyed Bruce's presentation in the new classroom.

For more information about the ADK Horse Club phone 585-2699.

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