Equine Innovators: Racetrack Surfaces With Dr. Mick Peterson

Learn about the science behind creating safe racing surfaces from Mick Peterson, PhD, director of the University of Kentucky’s Racetrack Safety Program.
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Equine Innovators: Racetrack Surfaces With Dr. Mick Peterson
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Properly preparing racetrack surfaces is imperative for horse and jockey safety. It requires selecting the right materials, monitoring moisture content, watching the weather, and finely tuned maintenance from a highly trained crew. In this Equine Innovators podcast, we talk to Mick Peterson, PhD, director of the University of Kentucky’s Racetrack Safety Program. As a bioengineer, he and his team studies how horses interact with track surfaces to help improve safety and performance. They also monitor tracks throughout the United States.

This podcast is the fourth episode in our ‚’Equine Innovators’ podcast series, brought to you by Zoetis. You can find the Equine Innovators’ podcast on TheHorse.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcast.

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About the Researcher:

Mick Peterson

Michael ‚’Mick’ Peterson, PhD, is a professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering at the University of Kentucky, where he serves as director of the Racetrack Safety Program. His research focuses on animal biomechanics engineering, specifically racehorses and racetrack surfaces.

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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