Equine conferences offered in 2020


ST. PAUL — Horse owners and professionals are invited to attend two equine conferences in 2020 focused on performance horses. Both conference will be held in early February at the University of Minnesota Leatherdale Equine Center on the St. Paul campus.

The UMN Equine Professionals Conference is planned from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 for equine veterinarians, farriers and veterinary technicians. Brian Nielsen, Michigan State University, will present the keynote on furosemide effects on performance horses.

Additional discussions will focus on the connection between laminitis and pain management and how diet influences the equine microbiome. A research update will focus on water quality and endocrine-disrupting chemicals and equine metabolic syndrome.

Dinner is included in the conference fee. The program has been approved for three Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine continuing education credits. Although the conference was planned for equine professionals, it’s open to anyone interested in attending.

On Feb. 8, horse owners are invited to a daylong program focused on performance horses. The day begins at 10 a.m., with Nielsen again presenting his keynote on furosemide effects on the performance horse.


Additional presentations will focus on identifying and managing lameness, equine nutrition, amino acids and their impact on horse health, water quality and use of genetics to better care for horses. A hot topics discussion will wrap-up the event, which is slated to conclude at 3:30 p.m.

The conference fee includes lunch. Online registration is due Feb. 4 for either conference. To register and for more information, visit

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