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A young woman in a green Cal Poly polo shirt pets a mare while a young foal nuzzles its mother in an open field with mountains in the background.

Cassidy Scatena, a third-year animal science major, was one of a handful of students who volunteered to stay on campus to help take care of Cal Poly’s horses when COVID-19 struck just as foaling season was about to begin. When the mares began to give birth in April, Scatena was there to assist, help provide checkups and ultrasounds to the expectant mothers, and care for the new babies. In between online classes and shifts at the Cal Poly Equine Unit, there’s less to do around campus these days. “Me and the other Equine Unit students are doing a lot more riding to pass the time,” she said.

Read about other ways the Cal Poly community has adapted to the pandemic.

Photo by Joe Johnston