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According to the show’s website, Dirty Jobs profiles the unsung American laborers who make their living in the most unthinkable—yet vital—ways. Host Mike Rowe introduces viewers to a hardworking group of men and women who overcome fear, danger and sometimes stench to accomplish their daily tasks.

While Dirty Jobs was initially interested in Kentucky Equine Research, because of its feeding trials that involve the collection of fresh urine and feces from horses, the production staff soon realized that the science behind KER’s work was just as interesting.

Collecting excrement was only one of Mike’s jobs, though, as he performed several other duties that are part of everyday life at the KER research farm.

At the KER research center, located in Versailles, Ky., various studies are staged to answer important questions about how best to feed and train horses. These studies are carried out by KER’s staff using equipment designed specifically for equine research.

You can check out the show’s “dirtiest” clips on the Discovery Channel’s website.

For more information about Kentucky Equine Research, visit KER.com, or call (859) 873-1988.