You know your horse needs a good solid nutritional program. His life and career depend on the building blocks that nutrition will provide as the solid foundation; but you don’t need a Ph.D. to make sure your horse has a good basic diet! This course leads you through the maze of equine nutrition and gives you the practical knowledge and skills you need to develop and maintain a healthy nutritional program for your horse. The course covers the basics of nutrition, balancing rations and special populations.
Students responsible for the nutritional requirements of horses, including owners, trainers, coaches, barn managers, grooms, and sales and technical personnel working in the feed and tack industries.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret feed labels, weigh feeds, assess forages and understand the role that each major nutrient class plays in horse nutrition.
Equine Nutrition will provide you with practical information on diet and nutrition and it's relationship to the health and performance of your horse.
- Assessing your Horse
- Digestive Anatomy and Physiology
- Feeds and Feeding Basics
- Forages and Pastures
- Noxious Plants and Agents
- Grains and Grain-based Commercial Concentrates
- Balancing Rations
- Performance Horses
- Reproducing and Growing Horses
- Special Needs Horses
- Nutrition Related Disorders
This course is designed for adult learners, at least 18 years of age.
It is recommend certificate and diploma students complete Management of the Equine Environment as your first course.
|Graded Discussions and Participation||15%||Participation is based on responding to class learning questions and engaging in discussion with other students in the class discussion area.|
|Knowledge Quizzes||35%||There will be five online quizzes. Each quiz consists of a number of true or false statements and multiple-choice questions which cover the weekly unit material.|
|Fact Sheet or Special Topic Assignment||40%||In the special topic assignment you will develop a deeper level of understanding in a specific area of nutrition that is of interest to you. Choose a specific condition that is known to have a nutritional cause (excluding poisonous plants) and research your topic. You will describe the condition, identify the causes and explain the dietary changes necessary to correct (if possible) the problem.|
|Action Point Summary||10%||Identify key learning points that you will focus on and apply after the course is completed.|
Open Learning and Educational Support
You do not need access to a horse, or own your own horse to participate and be successful in this course.
You can expect to spend 6 - 10 hours per week to complete the course material, discussions and assignments. Plan to be on the course website at least 3 - 5 per week to keep up-to-date and on schedule with weekly readings, activities, and discussion.