2008 Horse Breeders & Owners Conference

altAuthor - Dr. Bob Coleman

Dr. Bob Coleman earned his BSc in Animal Sciences and MS degree in Animal Nutrition from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Alberta. Dr. Coleman is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Horse Specialist at the University of Kentucky and recently was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies for the new Equine Science and Management degree program.

When developing a feeding program for a horse, the goal is to take sources of nutrients (feeds) and use them in amounts to meet the horse’s nutrient requirements.  The nutrient requirements are established by the national Academy of Sciences and are found in the Nutrient Requirements of Horses.  The sixth revised edition was released in January of 2007.  This publication provides the levels of nutrients that are used as the minimum requirements for the horses being fed; it is the place to start.


altAuthor - Christina Weese

Christina Weese is a graphic designer who brings a wide array of corporate experience to the table and is always excited to help horse owners apply marketing and design principles to their own small businesses. Since 2003 she has produced many websites and print designs specifically for equestrian clients. A horse owner for over fifteen years, Christina enjoys starting young horses, and is a certified Equine Canada instructor.

Getting Started
“Advertising is what you do when you can’t go to see somebody personally.” 
 - Jack Trout, writer for Forbes.com


A marketing plan is a natural outgrowth of your business plan. A business plan should give you the following starting points: your target market(s), your marketing budget for the year, and a set of goals you can use to measure the effectiveness of your marketing.


Author - Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz

Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz is a professor of equine medicine at Colorado State University (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She began her veterinary training at the University of Illinois and then went on to do a Large Animal Internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Sciences from WSU in 1982 and board certification with the American College of Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 1985. Her research focuses on the diagnosis and control of equine infectious diseases.


Antibiotics and synthetic antibacterial drugs have revolutionized the treatment of bacterial infections in human and animal patients. These drugs deserve careful use in order to preserve and optimize their effectiveness. Deciding on a treatment plan should begin with the determination of whether an antibacterial drug is indicated; if so, the most appropriate drug should be delivered by the best route at the right dose and duration for the specific type of infection.


altAuthor - Dr. Robert Tremblay

Dr. Robert Tremblay is a Technical Services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1982 then practised in New Brunswick. He was a faculty member in the large animal clinic of OVC until 1992. Dr. Tremblay spends much of his time working on the control of infectious diseases of large animals.


Equine Influenza, better known as “Flu”, is a common cause of outbreaks of respiratory disease in horses.  According to a recent study in Ontario, Flu is responsible for more than half the outbreaks of respiratory disease in horse barns.  Flu occurs in most parts of the world, but until recently, it hasn’t been seen either in Iceland, Australia or New Zealand.  In late August, 2007, an outbreak of flu started in the state of New South Wales in Australia that officials have had a difficult time trying to contain.


altAuthor - Dr. Carolyn Stull

Dr. Carolyn Stull received her Master of Science and PhD degrees while working on research projects focusing on muscle and exercise physiology in the horse. Dr. Stull directs the University of California’s School of Veterinary Medicine’s Animal Welfare Program focusing on the well-being of agricultural animals including the horse. She is the national recipient of the “Hank Award,” presented for outstanding research benefitting the welfare of the horse.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Horses, come in all shape and sizes, as do their owners.  Much of what has been researched and learned in human medicine over the last few decades is now being actively investigated for application to common horse problems such as obesity, geriatric medicine, infertility, glycemic indexes of feed, and the art of aging gracefully.  Many owners are now exploring long-term strategies for nutritional programs to optimize the health, weight, fitness, and longevity of their horses as they age into their “senior” years. The concepts and mechanisms of carbohydrate utilization in managing these different cases or life stages in horses will be explored from basic physiology to practical application in the stable.



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