May 6, 2010
The feeding and management of sport horses in various disciplines, such as endurance riding and three-day eventing, was the focus of the 17th Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Nutrition Conference, held April 26-27 in Lexington, Ky. Presenters included world-renowned veterinary researchers, as well as KER's in-house equine nutrition experts.
More than 100 horse feed manufacturers, veterinarians, students, and other industry professionals from more than a dozen countries recently attended the event. Presentations covered heart rate metrics, drug use guidelines and restrictions, antioxidant research, use of electrolytes for hydration and recovery, management of metabolic and muscle diseases, and the diagnosis and treatment of joint problems in equine athletes.
KER President Joe Pagan, PhD, reviewed clinical studies that have revealed key facts about equine nutrition and exercise physiology. In many cases, this research has led to the development of nutritional products and supplements used by horses competing successfully at the Olympic level.
"While ker.com offers a wealth of information on equine health and nutrition, conferences like this give us an invaluable opportunity to connect with hands-on horse owners, managers, and veterinarians to ensure our research and communication efforts remain on the cutting edge of the equine industry," said KER Global Marketing Manager Kim Brown. "We hope those that couldn't join us for the live meeting take advantage of the summaries available on ker.com, as well as the upcoming video coverage."
Summaries of the Conference Presentations
Pagan Kicks Off First Day of KER Nutrition Conference
Challenges of Endurance Exercise: Water and Electrolyte Depletion
Antioxidant Research and Its Application to Feeding Horses
Pursuing the Genetic Basis for Tying-Up Syndromes
Advances in Diagnosis of Equine Joint Disease
Remarks on the Benefits of Heart Rate Recordings
Veterinary Care for Competition Horses While Staying Within the Medication Rules
McIlwraith on Management of Joint Disease in the Sport Horse
Feeding the Elite Sport Horse
Feeding Management of the Three-Day Event Horse
The Management of Tying-Up in Sport Horses: Challenges and Successes
Observations and Recommendations for Feeding the Endurance Horse
Video coverage of the event, including interviews with presenters, will be available on ker.com.
KER Team Members from countries including Canada, Colombia, Brazil, England, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, India, Korea, New Zealand, and Australia were invited to visit the KER Research Farm in Versailles, Ky., where they enjoyed lunch and watched a demonstration of the facility's high-speed equine treadmill. They also took tours of Lane's End Farm, Labrot & Graham Distillery, and the Kentucky Horse Park.
KER is a world-renowned nutrition and consultation company that works with feed manufacturers to develop horse feeds suited for the particular regions in which they are to be fed. Research efforts are the cornerstone of KER, and all scientific trials are directed by Joe Pagan, PhD, and carried out by a staff of equine nutritionists and support personnel. Conclusions drawn from these trials are used in the formulation of technologically advanced feeds.
In addition to its research endeavors, KER has a rich tradition of providing top-of-the-line feeds to the greatest equine athletes in the world. In 2000, the company was tapped to be the official nutritionist of the United States Equestrian Federation and holds the same distinction for the Australian Equestrian Team.