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Course Description

Horse nutrition is an essential part of a horse's health, reproduction and performance, yet it often remains guided by mysterious concoctions and formulas which are often a detriment to a horse's health. This advanced course recognizes that feeding decisions can be complex and the advances in nutritional research and evolving horse management practices provide an opportunity to design nutritional plans based on current research and evidence-based practice optimizing your horses overall health and performance. Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition will build your knowledge by improving the way you find and analyze information based on defensible evidence and apply that knowledge to the development of nutritional plans.

Designed For

Students who are planning and evaluating nutritional requirements of horses with specialized needs, enjoy scholarly research are ready to challenge current practices through examining the science.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the role of high fibre low starch diets
  • Examine and analyze new research findings as they pertain to functional foods for health through nutrition
  • Correct nutritional deficiencies that may lead to diseased states
  • Conduct a comparison of nutritional systems including NRC and INRA
  • Assess, evaluate and develop feeding programs for specialized populations using evidence-based practice

Through examining research from primary sources you will be able to:

  • Develop a higher level of knowledge about equine nutrition
  • Identify the research that went into the new NRC recommendations for horses and recognize the INRA (France) system.
  • Assess from the nutritional perspective, current trends and circumstances that are having an impact on the sustainability of the equine industry, and the impact for the future.
  • Trace and explain the developments in the science of equine nutrition through research of new and emerging issues and how that affects the role of the role of the horse in society today.
  • Describe the impact of other social and international pressures on horse management and feeding (i.e., high cost of land leading to high stocking rates, competition for corn and other grains for non-feed products).
  • Participate in online discussions on topics of interest to the industry to enable them gain experience in issue discussion and presentation from leading students.
  • Reflect on and consider how the current challenges of the industry will influence the future of the industry with an eye on a solution-oriented approach for equine nutritional issues.

Course Topics

  • Impact of Nutrition on Health and Welfare
  • Nutritional Management
  • Digestive Tract Disorders
  • Muscle Diseases
  • Developmental Orthopedic and Joint Disease
  • Metabolic Disorder
  • Research Topic Discussions and Presentations

Additional Requirements

To register for this course you will have completed an Equine Nutrition course through the University of Guelph Equine Studies program, or at another post secondary school (college or university). If your prerequisite is from an alternate university please contact our office to receive approval.

You may take this course individually, or as part of the Equine Welfare Certificate.


Assessment Item Weight
Participation 10%
Article Critique Paper 35%
Literature Review Paper 55%
Total 100%

Please note that the assessment is subject to change.

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You can expect to spend 10 - 12 hours per week to complete the course material, discussions and assignments. Plan to be on the course website at least 3 - 5 times per week to keep up-to-date and on schedule with weekly assignments, activities, and discussions.

You do not need access to a horse, or own your own horse to patricipate and be successful in this course.

Do you have more questions? Visit our program page Frequently Asked Questions, or send us your question by completing the Request Information contact form.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


View the upcoming course schedule at our Equine Studies Online program website.

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