Module Identifier RD28210  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mrs Meriel Moore-Colyer  
Semester Semester 1  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3 Formal written examination.   50%  
  Ration formulation exercise   Outcomes assessed: 3   50%  

Outcome 1

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

Performance criteria:
a. The patterns of growth from birth to maturity are detailed and the knowledge applied to the nutritional management of the horse.
b. The factors affecting growth and development are assessed.

Post-natal, young stock.
Mare, stallion, gelding.
Hot blooded, cold blooded, warm blooded.
Performance, growth, maintenance.

Outcome 2

Investigate the structure and function of the equine digestive system.

Performance criteria:
a. An understanding of the anatomy and function of the component parts of the equine digestive system is demonstrated.
b. The importance of H2O and its role in bodily functions is considered.
c. An understanding of the endocrinology and action of digestive enzymes is demonstrated.

Oesophagus, stomach, intestine, colon, caecum, liver.
Proteins, fats, structural and soluble carbohydrates.

Outcome 3

Gain sufficient knowledge in equine nutrition so that a ration could be formulated for any horse in any discipline.

Performance criteria:
a. The needs of each individual horse are considered in relation to its activity.
b. The need for and use of feed supplements, including vitamins and minerals is evaluated.
c. The process of formulating a balanced ration is demonstrated.
d. The importance of feed hygiene on the fitness and health of stabled horses is appreciated.

Concentrates, compounds.
Intensive, extensive.
Hot blooded, cold blooded, warm blooded.
Performance, maintenance, growth, reproduction.

Module description
Good nutrition is of vital importance to the well-being of any horse. As such the student must not only be able to understand the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, but also have a detailed knowledge of foodstuffs, so that he/she can combine these skills into creating an accurate ration for any type of horse within a wide range of disciplines.