April 28, 29, 30 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2017 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos

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Schedule subject to change
 


University of Minnesota Speakers
 

Friday, April 28 
1:00-1:55p

DNR Building

Krishona Martinson, PhD
Costs and Considerations When Rescuing a Horse
 

Friday, April 28
3:00-3:55p

DNR Building

Amanda Grev, MS
Pasture Management
 

Saturday, April 29
11:00-11:55 

DNR Building

Marcia Hathaway, PhD
Managing Easy Keepers
 

Saturday, April 29     
3:00-3:55

DNR Building

Krishona Martinson, PhD
Pasture Management
 

Sunday, April 30        
11:00-11:55 

DNR Building

Michele DeBoer, MS
Costs and Considerations When Rescuing a Horse
 

Sunday, April 30   
2:00-2:55

DNR Building

Devan Catalano, MS
Managing Easy Keepers
 

    Costs and Considerations When Rescuing a Horse
On occasion, the horse industry relies on well-intentioned horse owners to rescue horses from negative situations. These horses rarely come with a history of their breed, age, training level, h
ealth, temperament, or disposition. Many times, rescuing or fostering these horses takes a skilled horse person with monetary resources. The goal of this presentation is to outline some of the common needs and costs associated with rescuing a horse.

Pasture Management
A well-managed pasture can meet the nutrient requirements of most horses and promotes overall horse health by encouraging natural grazing behaviors and minimizing the risk of colic.
 A healthy pasture is also more productive and can reduce environmental concerns such as erosion and runoff. This presentation will focus on the five major components of pasture management (mowing, resting, dragging, fertilization, and weed control), and will include updated information on the use of grazing muzzles, ideal forages for pasture mixtures, and the effects of dragging on pasture parasite loads.

Managing Easy Keepers
Excessive horse bodyweight has recently become a major health issue in the equine industry. Participants will be given information on how to identify overweight horses and how to reduce horse bodyweight by
focusing on research-based dietary adjustments for easy keeping horses. Strategies will included for a number of different scenarios, including horses housed individually or as part of a herd, and horses housed in dry lot or pasture settings.


 

 

Krishona Martinson, PhD, University of Minnesota

Krishona Martinson is the Equine Extension Specialist at the  University of Minnesota and holds a BS, MS and PhD in Agronomy. Her research specializes in optimizing equine forage utilization in both pasture and hay systems. Along with her daughters Dr. Martinson competes locally in WSCA speed events with her Quarter Horse mare Braker.
 


 

Marcia Hathaway, PhD, University of Minnesota

Marcia Hathaway earned a BS, and MS in Animal Nutrition from the Ohio State University and a PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She is a Professor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches equine nutrition to undergraduate and veterinarian students and conducts research on equine skeletal muscle.
 


 

Amanda Grev, M.S., University of Minnesota



Amanda Grev received her B.S. in Equine and Animal Science from North Dakota State University and was an intern at Kentucky Equine Research before beginning graduate school at the University of Minnesota.
 She received her M.S. degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine nutrition and forage utilization in 2015, and has since remained at the University to work towards her Ph.D.  Outside of school, Amanda enjoys spending time outdoors and riding her horse, Riata.
 


 

Devan Catalano, M.S., University of Minnesota



Devan
Catalano earned a BS in equine science from Colorado State University and an MS in animal science from the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on her PhD in animal science at the University of Minnesota, where she is specializing in equine nutrition and management. Her research focuses on grazing different forages and creating equine bodyweight prediction equations. In her free time, Devan enjoys riding her appaloosa gelding, Tio, and hiking with her dog, Casey.
 


 

Michelle DeBoer, M.S., University of Minnesota



Michelle DeBoer earned her B.S. in Equestrian Business Management at Stephens College and recently earned her M.S. and is pursuing a Ph. D. in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. Outside of school and research, Michelle competes on her Arabian horse, Mollie, in many events including WSCA, team sorting, endurance, and polocrosse.
 



 
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