Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving horse owners and the feed industry. KER’s goals are to advance the industry’s knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, apply that knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses, and support the nutritional care of all horses throughout their life.

KER was founded in 1988 when Joe Pagan, Ph.D., realized that information generated from research was not disseminated to the individuals who needed it most: feed manufacturers and horse owners. Since the company began, filling that void has been a priority for KER.

The company accomplishes this in several ways. First and foremost, it serves as a consultant to feed manufacturers. KER nutritionists work with mill owners and managers on six continents to formulate top-quality feeds that complement typical local forages. These feeds contain KER micronutrient premixes to ensure that, when fed with appropriate forage and according to label directions, they will provide a diet balanced to KER specifications.

In 1999, KER set up a second office in Victoria, Australia, to serve that continent and Asia. KER also has personnel based in Europe and South America.

KER’s corporate North American office is the home to the company’s research facilities. Nutrition and exercise physiology trials are conducted year-round at the 150-acre farm. KER bases much of its consultation services and product development on the results of these trials.

Visitors are welcome to tour the research facilities with advanced scheduling.