Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week
Seminars / Tutorials 6 x 1 hour seminars over two semesters
Practical 2 x 3 hour practicals over two semesters
Other 1 x 4 hour visit/external talk


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  30%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 3, 4  70%
Supplementary Assessment 3 Hours   Written examination  Outcomes assessed: All  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to

1. Identify and evaluate nutrient sources for all classes of equids.

2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of nutrient metabolism in the horse.

3. Evaluate the methodology and ethics of equine experimental research.

4. Make recommendations to horse owners and industry alike on rations for all classes of performance horses

Brief description

This module is designed to give an in-depth knowledge of the scientific principles that underpin equine nutrition and will integrate aspects of animal, plant and microbial biochemistry relevant to the equid, which will allow students to pursue careers in equine research, development and commerce. Considerable emphasis will be placed on nutrient metabolism in relation to performance, health and welfare and the methodology and ethics of animal experimentation. Topics covered include energy systems, voluntary food intake, dietary cation-anion balance, the glycaemic response, micronutrient nutrition and metabolic disorders.

Transferable skills

1 Independent project work
Seminars presentations will encourage individuals to demonstrate knowledge gained through independent reading. Each assessed seminar will be followed by a discussion on the topic presented giving students an opportunity, in a group context, to discuss and evaluate each other's work.

.2 IT and information handling
The use of library catalogues, the external loan system and the web will be developed when collating information for seminar presentations and when pursuing references given in lectures.

.4 Writing in an academic context
Critical evaluation of published information will be developed and assessed during seminar sessions, while the students own writing will be assessed in the unseen examination.

.5 Oral discussion and presentation
Oral skills will be developed and assessed through seminar presentations and active participation in group discussion will be encouraged during seminar sessions.

.6 Careers need awareness
The Gregynog conference sessions (2 per year) will give students unique contact with researchers and delegates working for commercial equine nutrition companies, thereby increasing awareness of careers within the industry.

.7 Self-management
Considerable time management and academic judgment will be developed when preparing for seminars and reading around the subject.

.8 Group activity
Seminar sessions will involve group discussion, while practical classes will require working as a group when dissecting slaughter house material.

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 Animal Science Primo search British Journal of Nutrition 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 7