An introduction

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

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The company accomplishes this in several ways. First and foremost, it serves as a consultant to feed manufacturers. KER work with nutritionists to formulate top-quality feeds that complement typical forages found in different geographical areas. KER now works with feed manufacturers on six continents: Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, and North America. In 1999 KER set up a second office in the Southern Hemisphere in Melbourne, Australia, this location serves that entire continent as well as the company’s interests in Asia. Find out more about KER by watching their video below.

Dr. Pagan received his B.S.A. degree from the University of Arkansas in animal nutrition and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in equine nutrition and exercise physiology. He formed Kentucky Equine Research (KER) in 1988 to be an international research, consulting and product development firm dealing in equine nutrition and sports medicine. KER served as equine nutrition consultants for the last five Olympic Games and is the official equine nutritionist of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). In 2005 Dr. Pagan received the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Award in Equine Nutrition Research. This award recognizes excellence in equine nutrition research and the contributions of an individual to equine feeding management practices and the equine feed industry.

A Unique Partnership

Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd. has always been dedicated to producing nutritionally sound, innovative formulas and providing customers with accessible personal service. These commitments led Saracen to KER. Saracen are the exclusive KER Team Member in the UK. KER is the most prolific independent equine research centre in the world, entirely committed to the advancement of breeding and athletic performance through nutrition. The aim at KER is to enhance the understanding of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses.

From its headquarters in Central Kentucky, KER conducts extensive research, and each research trial is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of horses by targeting specific problems, and finding nutritional solutions. By working so closely with KER in this way, we share those aims and objectives, and because of our close links with KER, we can make these resources available in the UK.

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Due to the collaborative way we work with KER, Saracen can provide nutritional solutions with unique, progressive feeds that can make a real difference , with the science to support them. RE-LEVE® is an example where research carried out by KER has been incorporated into a feed manufactured in the UK. RE-LEVE® is designed to provide the equine athlete with the levels of energy required for performance and maintenance of body condition using a variety of alternative energy sources to cereals. Its cereal-free, low-starch formulation means it is ideal for horses with gastric ulcers or those prone to muscle myopathies. 



The FEI mandates that each local Olympic organizing committee appoint a supplier for feed, forage, and bedding for the competition horses. Available forage and feed must be of superior quality, must meet the nutritional requirements of the horses it will be fed to, and it must be free of prohibited substances. For the 2012 Games the London organizing committee (LOCOG) contracted Kentucky Equine Research (KER) as its supplier. KER had provided a similar service at the last four Olympic Games. KER called upon Saracen Horse Feeds to manufacturer and supply the feed for the competition horses. Click through on the links below to read more about our involvement with one of the most successful Olympic Games  ever.

Feeding horses at the Olympics (Hong Kong 2008)


In 2013, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) celebrates its 25th anniversary as an equine nutrition research and consultation company.  During the past quarter century, many advances have been made in the field of equine nutrition and feed manufacturing.  To kick off this important milestone year, Dr Joe Pagan reviews his top five most important advancements that have been made in the field of equine nutrition. Dr Pagan also predicts what’s ahead for the industry. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

In 2018 KER celebrated 30 years of research. A conference was held in Lexington and experts spoke on topic such as colic, energetics, equine metabolic syndrome, bone and joint disease and many more subjects. Follow this link to the 2018 Proceedings whereyou will find reader friendly Q & A's as well as a research archive reviewing the past 30 years of studies performed by KER 

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