2021 UMN Equine Conference

2021 UMN Equine Virtual Conference

The 2021 UMN Equine Conference is a collaboration between the College of Veterinary Medicine and UMN Extension to update horse owners and professionals with timely, cutting-edge, research-based information. Four research summaries will be shared, including updates focused on reducing round bale hay waste during outdoor storage, genetics of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), composting horse mortalities, and cardiac arrhythmias in racehorses. The conference is intended for adult horse owners and professionals, but is open to everyone.


Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

*registration is now closed


After registering, participants will receive a link via email to join the conference. Presentations will include Q&A sessions via a moderated chat. Due to the presentation of unpublished research data, the conference will not be recorded.


12:55 p.m. - Welcome by Krishona Martinson, PhD

Krishona headshot1:00 p.m. - Reducing Hay Waste When Storing Round Bales Outdoors

by Krishona Martinson, PhD

This presentation will summarize research that compared forage quality, mold counts, economics, and livestock preference of round bales tied with twine, net wrap, and B-wrap after long-term outdoor storage. 

Krishona Martinson, PhD, is a Professor and Equine Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota, housed in the Department of Animal Science.

Lauren Hughes headshot1:20 p.m. - Understanding the genetics underlying pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID)

by Lauren Hughes, DVM

The presentation will share the potential genetic component of Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) in horses. This relatively common disease affects the aged horse population and has many current limitations in proper diagnosis and treatment.

Lauren Hughes, DVM is a PhD student in the Equine Genetics and Genomics Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Hannah Lochner headshot1:40 p.m. - Composting Horse Mortalities

by Hannah Lochner, BS

Alternative methods to rendering and burial are needed in the horse industry. This presentation will focus on research exploring composting horse mortalities, and horse owner and veterinarian perspectives on the topic. 

Hannah Lochner, B.S. is a M.S. student at the University of Minnesota, housed in the Department of Animal Science. Her research focuses on composting horse mortalities and communicating science to horse owners and professionals.

Sian durward akhurst headshot2:00 p.m. - The genetics of cardiac arrhythmias

by Sian Durward-Akhurst, BVMS, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)

This presentation focuses on research investigating cardiac arrhythmias in racehorses with the goal of reducing the rate of sudden cardiac death and improving understanding of cardiac arrhythmias in humans.

Sian Durward-Akhurst, BVMS, MS, DACVIM (LAIM) is a Postdoctoral research fellow in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

2:20 p.m. - Open Q and A moderated by Krishona Martinson, PhD

3:00 p.m. - End

 Questions? Please contact Kelsey Backer at kbacker@umn.edu or 651-304-7931


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