Dr. Alyssa Logan

Assistant Professor & Horse Judging Team Coach

Dr.  Alyssa Logan
+1 (615) 494-88
Room 101E, Horse Science Center (HSC)
Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Available by appointment, please email alyssa.logan@mtsu.edu 

Degree Information

  • PHD, Michigan State University (2022)
  • MS, Michigan State University (2019)
  • BS, University of Wisconsin - River Falls (2017)

Areas of Expertise

Equine exercise physiology

Equine gait analysis

Equine movement

Equine bone and joint health

Young horse development and training

Performance horse training and welfare

Equine evaluation and selection (horse judging)

Equine training: reining and ranch-type events

Biography

Dr. Alyssa Logan is an Assistant Professor and the Horse Judging Team Coach in the Horse Science Program at Middle Tennessee State University. She obtained her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science at Michigan State University, studying under Dr. Brian Nielsen. From a research perspective, Dr. Logan has a particular interest in the exercise and management of performance horses. A 2021 review she co-authored on exercising ...

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Dr. Alyssa Logan is an Assistant Professor and the Horse Judging Team Coach in the Horse Science Program at Middle Tennessee State University. She obtained her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science at Michigan State University, studying under Dr. Brian Nielsen. From a research perspective, Dr. Logan has a particular interest in the exercise and management of performance horses. A 2021 review she co-authored on exercising young horses published in the journal, Animals, is among the top 60 viewed articles of all time. Dr. Logan is an open division competitor in NRHA, AQHA, ABRA, ASHA, and IBHA events, holds an ASHA judges card, an AQHA Level 1 judges card, and is an AQHA and NRHA professional. In academic and professional equestrian capacities, Dr. Logan works to combine scientific evidence with the realistic goals of horse owners and competitors to explore methods of exercise training and management that will lead to healthy careers for performance horses.

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Publications

Harbowy, R.M., B.D. Nielsen, A.C. Colbath, C.I. Robison, D. Buskirk, A.A. Logan. Incidence rate of lesions in the distal forelimb of growing, exercising sheep as a model for horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary science. 124:104329. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2023.104329

Klingaman, J., A. Logan, A. Higgins, R.M. Hoffman. 2023. Comparison of physically conditioned and non-conditioned university horses after semester break. Journal of ...

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Harbowy, R.M., B.D. Nielsen, A.C. Colbath, C.I. Robison, D. Buskirk, A.A. Logan. Incidence rate of lesions in the distal forelimb of growing, exercising sheep as a model for horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary science. 124:104329. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2023.104329

Klingaman, J., A. Logan, A. Higgins, R.M. Hoffman. 2023. Comparison of physically conditioned and non-conditioned university horses after semester break. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 124:104395. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2023.104395

Snyder, A., A. Logan, R.M. Hoffman. 2023. Effects of low-dose electrolyte supplementation to university horses in light to moderate exercise. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 124:104330. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2023.104330

Logan, A.A., A.J. Snyder, B.D. Nielsen. 2023. Circle diemater impacts stride frequency and forelimb stance duration at various gaits in horses. Sensors. 23(9): 4232. https://doi.org/10.3390/s23094232 

Logan, A.A., B.D. Nielsen, K.M. Hiney, C.I. Robison, J.M. Manfredi, D.D. Buskirk, J.M. Popovich Jr. 2022. The impact of circular exercise diameter on bone and joint health of juvenile animals. Animals. 12(11): 1379. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12111379

Logan, A.A., B.D. Nielsen, D.B. Hallock, C.I. Robison, J.M. Popovich Jr. 2022. Evaluation of within- and between- session reliability of the TekscanTM Hoof System with a glue-on shoe. J. Equine. Vet. Sci. 110 (2022): 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2021.103862

Logan, A.A., B.D. Nielsen, C.I. Robison, D.B. Hallock. J.M. Manfredi, K.M. Hiney, D.D. Buskirk, J.M. Popovich Jr. 2021. Impact of gait and diameter during circular exercise on front hoof area, vertical force, and pressure in mature horses. Animals. 11, 3581, https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11123581

Logan, A.A., B.D. Nielsen, J.M. Manfredi, C.I. Robison. 2021. Sprint exercise of juvenile animals does not impact cartilage glycosaminoglycan or synovial fluid neopeptide collagenase cleavage of type I and II collagen content. J. Equine. Vet Sci. 101(2021): 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2021.103405

Logan, A.A., B.D. Nielsen. 2021. Training young horses: the science behind the benefits. Animals. 11(2) 463. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11020463

Logan, A.A., B.D. Nielsen, R. Sehl, E. Jones, C.I. Robison, and A.P. Pease. 2019. Short-term stall housing of horses results in changes of markers of bone metabolism. Comp. Exerc. Physiol. 15 (4): 283-290. https://doi.org/10.3920/CEP190038

Logan, A.A., B.D. Nielsen, C.I. Robison, J.M. Manfredi, D.D. Buskirk, H.C. Schott, K.M. Hiney. 2019. Calves, as a model for juvenile horses, need only one sprint per week to experience increased bone strength. J. Anim. Sci. 97(8): 3300-12. https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz202

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In the Media

Horse Industry Podcast – On the Road with Regina: Equine bone and joint health (including a discussion on lunging and injections!) with Alyssa Logan, Ph.D. candidate. October 1, 2021 https://open.spotify.com/episode/6lvKCo1nKSM9tsldgDBR9O

Journeys of Scientists – Episode 21 – Alyssa Logan. April 3, 2021. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6iyYJdvdWkJ3PhnRBGkik0?si=XsuVrwmyTTK0YlBMD7 ykRg

The Sci-Files - Graduate Student Q&A Session. The Sci-Files. April 2, ...

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Horse Industry Podcast – On the Road with Regina: Equine bone and joint health (including a discussion on lunging and injections!) with Alyssa Logan, Ph.D. candidate. October 1, 2021 https://open.spotify.com/episode/6lvKCo1nKSM9tsldgDBR9O

Journeys of Scientists – Episode 21 – Alyssa Logan. April 3, 2021. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6iyYJdvdWkJ3PhnRBGkik0?si=XsuVrwmyTTK0YlBMD7 ykRg

The Sci-Files - Graduate Student Q&A Session. The Sci-Files. April 2, 2020. https://impact89fm.org/89051/podcasts/the-sci-files-virtual-qa/

The Sci-Files - Horse Bone Health. December 15, 2019. https://impact89fm.org/83868/podcasts/the-sci-files-12-15-19-alyssa-logan/

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Courses

HORS 1110 Introduction to Horse Care and Use

HORS 2480 Equine Evaluation and Selection

HORS 4550 Equine Exercise Physiology

HORS 4580 Advanced Judging of Horses

HORS 6170 Issues in the Equine Industry

HORS 6540 Equine Experiential Learning

HORS 6550 Advanced Equine Exercise Phyiology

AGRI 6640 Thesis Research