UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Kelly Prince

Prince’s research could ultimately help owners better manage horses that require low- or high-carbohydrate diets.

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Name: Kelly Prince
From: Parkersburg, West Virginia
Degrees and institute where received: BS, Equine Science and Management, the University of Kentucky (2009-2013)
Currently working on MS in Integrated Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky

Kelly Prince chose to attend the University of Kentucky (UK) for her undergraduate degree because of the equine science and management program, opportunities for immersion into the equine industry, and potential resources and networking the university could provide. Going into her senior year, Prince began an internship with Ray Smith, PhD, professor and forage extension specialist at UK and the UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program. During that time, she assisted with research and field evaluations of Kentucky horse farms to improve pasture management and discovered an interest in research and extension as well as forages and their effect on equine nutrition.

Prince’s current research project is focused on evaluating the carbohydrate variation of pasture forages. The project aims to expand the understanding of carbohydrate variation in pastures to help better manage horses that require low- or high-carbohydrate diets. Because this research is interdisciplinary, Prince has the opportunity to work with a diverse group of researchers including Laurie Lawrence, PhD, professor of equine nutrition in animal and food science at UK; Isabelle Kagan, PhD, a researcher with the USDA Agricultural Research Service; and Ben Goff, PhD, an assistant professor in plant and soil science at UK.

“The objective of our study is to evaluate the effects of cool-season forage grass and legume cultivars, soil fertility, climatic, and seasonal and diurnal variation on carbohydrate accumulation in pastures,” Prince said

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