Second-year student Hailey Weisman, a horse production and management major at Ohio State ATI, is pursuing an out-of-state internship this year in Waxahachie, TX. Since her experience with horses began at smaller facilities, Hailey says she was looking forward to working for Cannon Quarter Horses—a performance horse training and breeding facility.
Cannon Quarter Horses specializes in cutting, reining, and reined cow horses. Hailey knew she would be able to learn new skills as well as build on the experience she already had working with horses. One notable project Hailey has been part of is learning how to complete a successful ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). ICSI is a technique derived from in-vitro fertilization (IVF), which allows for extremely selective genetic outcomes and guarantees initial fertilization.
So far, Hailey has gained in-depth experience in reproduction management, including ultrasound and palpation, embryo transfer, and pedigrees, as well as networking with industry professionals. She has also gained the soft skills necessary for general business management, including professionalism, organization, and “working smarter and harder at the same time since there is never a slow moment.”