Associate Professor, Equine Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky
Dr. Bob Coleman grew up in western Canada and has had a lifelong interest in horses. He received both a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a focus on animal sciences and a master’s degree in animal science with a focus on nutrition from the University of Manitoba.
Coleman worked as a nutritionist for two major Canadian feed companies before moving to Alberta, Canada, in 1980 to serve as the extension horse specialist for Alberta Agriculture. During his time in Alberta, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta with a focus on equine nutrition.
In 1998, Coleman joined the University of Kentucky as its equine extension specialist. In addition to his duties as an extension specialist, Coleman also teaches in the university's equine science and management program.
Coleman is active in the horse industry, serving as chairman of the AQHF research committee and as a member of the executive committee of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association. He is also a member of the Certified Horsemanship Association, serving on its board as the president-elect and as a site visitor trainer in support of the site accreditation program.
Professionally, Coleman is a member of the Equine Science Society (ESS) and also serves as its executive director. He is also a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, a diplomat in the American College of Animal Science and a member of the American Society of Animal Scientists.
Coleman has written several extension publications on topics related to equine nutrition, management and facilities. He is also a contributor to the Healthy Horse app in cooperation with the University of Minnesota.