Dr. Christine Skelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. She earned her doctorate at Texas A&M University with a research focus on equine nutrition and exercise physiology. In 1995, she joined the Department of Animal Science faculty at Michigan State University as the Equine Extension Specialist for Adult Programs.
As tenured faculty, Dr. Skelly has worked with and counseled horse industry groups and producers throughout the state; developed statewide horse educational programs; and served as an equine science resource for county educators.
As an on-campus educator, Dr. Skelly taught horse selection and evaluation; horsemanship; was faculty advisor for the MSU Equestrian Team; and coached the MSU Horse Judging Team. Currently, her primary program interests are farm management, nutrition, welfare, behavior, and manure management.
In 2007, Dr. Skelly's focus shifted primarily to online education. As a cofounder and the director of curriculum for My Horse University, Christine is responsible for developing online horse management courses. She is a member of the HorseQuest Team – the eXtension community of practice, and serves as the liaison between My Horse University and eXtension. Dr. Skelly has published numerous articles in industry journals and has been featured in various publications in the United States and abroad.