The Horse Nutrition course is based on the knowledge of equine experts at Michigan State University. You will discover a wealth of resources for learning about the many factors that contribute to the proper diet of a horse. Knowledge of horse nutrition and feeding management practices is necessary for all horse owners. A proper diet can lead to a healthier and better performing horse.
Goal You will gain knowledge of the nutritional requirements of a horse based on its specific needs and learn to apply suitable feeding management practices.
Overview of Topics You’ll learn about many aspects of horse nutrition, including anatomy, horse behavior, nutrients, nutritional requirements, feedstuffs, evaluating and balancing a ration, diseases affecting nutrition, and feeding management.
More specifically, you will learn about
The digestive anatomy of a horse and how it functions
Ingestive behaviors of a horse, including grazing, feed intake and herd interactions
How the major nutrients are digested, absorbed and used by equine
Evaluating the nutritional status of your horse
Nutritional requirements for broodmares, growing horses, equine athletes and geriatric horses
Feedstuffs, including forage, grains and supplements
How to develop and evaluate a feed ration
How diseases can affect the nutritional requirements of a horse
Feeding management strategies
It will probably take you 10 to 12 hours to complete the course.