Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Seminars / Tutorials 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
Practical 3 x 3 hour practicals per semester
Other 1 x 4 hour visit/external talk per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment  Outcomes assessed: 2, 3  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 4  50%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to re-take the elements that led to failure. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Outcome 1
Demonstrate a clear understanding of equid digestive physiology.

Outcome 2
Formulate a ration for any category of performance horse.

Outcome 3
Identify the major causes of nutritional metabolic disorders

Outcome 4
Evaluate the patterns of growth and development of the major tissues and organs.


The aim is to put some sound scientific knowledge behind the practical aspects of feeding horses and to extend and develop the information provided by the previous 10-credit equine nutrition module. This module will build upon the knowledge gained in the Horsemastership modules and any practical experience the student may have gained during their industrial placement. The module will cover the digestive physiology of the horse; its energy, protein and micronutrient requirements, and will integrate aspects of plant nutrient content with daily nutrient supply. Considerable emphasis will be placed on ration formulation for performance horses engaged in a wide variety of activities and on the incidence of metabolic disorders.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations are required for the rationing exercise.
Communication Through the tutorial/seminar sessions, skills in speaking, responding and listening will be developed.
Information Technology Developed in the ration formulation exercise, as it must be done on an Excel spreadsheet.
Problem solving In the ration formulation exercise, students will problem solve through matching nutrient requirements to nutrient supply for a horse engaged in a given activity.
Research skills Investigate and evaluate the nutritional content of new feeds on the market for use in the rationing exercise.
Subject Specific Skills Ability to formulate a ration for any performance horse. Visit from a feed company to talk about career opportunities.
Team work Practical classes involve working in a group, and all seminar sessions are group discussions.

Reading List

Frape, D (1986) Equine Nutrition and Feeding Longman Scientific and Technical, Harlow Primo search Lewis, L D (1995) Equine clinical nutrition - feeding and care Williams & Wilkins Primo search Proceedings of the Dodson and Horrell International Conference on feeding horses (bi-annual) Primo search Proceedings of the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5