KER Intern Compares Human and Equine NutritionBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · August 21, 2014
Alayna Wagner majored in human nutrition at Penn State University before being selected as a research intern at Kentucky Equine Research (KER). As she begins her year at KER, Alayna says she’s eager to continue learning about nutrition, this time from the standpoint of feeding horses. With a minor in kinesiology, she also has an interest in exercise physiology, so the studies conducted at KER should help her learn more about both of these fields.
Alayna’s early riding experience was with hunters and jumpers, but she’s now more interested in training and competing in the field of endurance. She owns and rides Arabian horses, and her favorite horse so far at KER is Pi, who is on the small side of the equine average, as are many Arabians. Through her endurance riding, Alayna has become acquainted with Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a fellow endurance competitor and the senior equine nutritionist at KER.
When her year-long internship at KER concludes, Alayna plans to enroll in graduate school to study equine nutrition.