2018 Michigan Horse Expo

March 9th-11th, 2018

Dr. Brian Nielsen

Dr. Brian Nielsen is a professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Animal Science, and is an equine exercise physiologist. In addition, Dr. Nielsen is the faculty advisor for the MSU Rodeo Club and has been since 1997, as well as holding the Guinness record for the fastest racing cow!

Dr. Nielsen teaches two senior level courses in the Department of Animal Science. They are ANS 442 (Advanced Horse Management) and ANS 445 (Equine Exercise Physiology). Additionally, he is the undergraduate advisor to students in the department. With a 60% research appointment, Dr. Nielsen works hard to perform research of use to the equine community. The primary focus of his research tends to be directed towards reducing injuries to performance horses through nutrition, training and management. However, he occasionally does research in other areas of equine nutrition, as well as collaborative studies looking at equine behavior. Dr. Nielsen received the American Feed Industries Association Equine Nutrition Research Award at the Equine Science Society 2017 Annual Symposium. This is award’s purpose is to stimulate research excellence in equine nutrition. Eligible nominees must be actively involved in original equine nutrition research, with research published in the last 10 years immediately prior to the year of nomination given strongest consideration.

Dr. Nielsen will discuss research results on how different feeds and activities affect the equine athlete, as well as interesting results of recent research studies. Dr. Nielsen’s presentations will take place:

  • Friday, March 9
    • Seminar Room A, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10
    • Seminar Room A, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 11
    • Seminar Room A, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

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Saturday ~ Reining Event (Open, Freestyle & Youth)

Sunday ~ Ranch Rodeo

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