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Research program goals have been to:

  1. More accurately quantify mineral requirements in weanlings and yearlings.
  2. Determine the effects of mineral balance and exercise on bone metabolism in the young, growing horse.
  3. Evaluate mineral bioavailability from varying sources and in response to dietary supplementation.
  4. Train well-rounded graduate students that are academically and scientifically sound minded as well as have the ability to teach and communicate with students and the people in the industry.


Recent Projects

  • D.P. Patterson, S.R. Cooper, D.W. Freeman, R.G. Teeter. 2003. Effects of phytase supplementation on dry matter and phophorus digestibility in horses. J.Equine Vet. Sci 22.
  • D.P. Patterson, S.R. Cooper, D.W. Freeman, R.G. Teeter. 2002. Estimation of fecal output and dry matter digestibility using various chromic oxide marker methods in the horse. Prof. Anim. Sci. 18:176-179.
  • A.D. Moffett, S.R. Cooper, D.W. Freeman and H.T. Purvis. 2002. Response of yearling quarter horses to varying concentrations of dietary calcium. Prof. Anim. Sci. 18:277-281.
  • J.C. Henry, S.R. Cooper, D.W. Freeman and J.R. Kropp. 2002. Effects of Exercise on Bone Density, Growth and Parameters and Biochemical Markers of Bone Metabolism in Yearling Quarter Horses. Okla. Agr. Exp. Stat. Res. Rep. Research Reports


Graduate Students

  • Graduated approximately 20 M.S./Ph.D. students since 1986. Primary area of study has been in nutrition and physiology.
  • Graduate student placement include four currently employed as faculty at universities, four nutrition specialists for national feed manufacturing companies, two farm management specialists, and three equine breed association directors.


Research Publications

  • Approximately 20 referred journal articles since 1986.
  • Approximately 60 reviewed scientific research articles (Proceedings, Abstracts, Research Reports) since 1986.
  • Graduate Student Assistantships
  • Our section has 1 (one) half-time assistantship available to students wishing to pursue a M.S. or Ph.D.
  • Responsibilities include: 1) Teaching assistant for ANSI 3422, 4423, 3210 & 4900, 2) Assistant coach for judging team, 3) Assist farm manager with breeding and training program, 4) Assist extension specialist with youth and adult outreach programs, 5) Assist with industry related programs within and outside the state.


Admission information can be found at the ANSI Graduate Programs page.

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