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1940's photo of the Animal Science Horse Barn

 

  The Department of Animal Science Horse Barn has been a mainstay of the University of California, Davis since its foundation in the early 1910s. The Horse Barn began as a carriage house for draft horses and mules used in agricultural work for the university.  It later became a remount station for the US Army, standing several stallions including the thoroughbred stallion Gunrock, son of Rock Sand and relative to the famed Man O'War. He started as the mascot for the men's basketball team in 1924 and later served as the official mascot for the university.

 

1920's photo of Gunrock

 

  The barn also served as a successful Thoroughbred breeding operation from the 1930s through the 1960s.  It has, recently, become a promising performance horse breeding operation  producing quality quarter horses, mules, and warmbloods.  The Percheron draft horses have even returned to the barn.  Please watch our video that was aired on Horse Racing Television and featured on the Bloodhorse. 

 

Horse Barn Video

 

  The Horse Barn strives to educate its students about all aspects of equine reproduction and management via hands-on experience. Today, the barn houses three AQHA stallions, a Selle Francais stallion, and a world champion Mammoth Jack. These stallions are offered to the public and all proceeds directly benefit the equine education program.  Tours are available by appointment and we are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.