|Module Title||APPLIED EQUINE NUTRITION|
|Co-ordinator||Dr John H Harries|
|Other staff||Mrs Jean A McCarthy|
|Course delivery||Lecture||22 Hours 22 x 1 hour lectures, jointly taught with RS22320|
|Seminars / Tutorials||11 Hours 11 x 1 hour|
|Practical||9 Hours 3 x 3 hours|
|Other||4 Hours 1 x 4 hour visit/external talk|
1. An understanding of the anatomy and function of the component parts of the equine digestive system is demonstrated.
2. The importance of water and its role in bodily functions is considered.
3. An understanding of the endocrinology and action of digestive enzymes is demonstrated.
Oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver.
Proteins, fats, structural and soluble carbohydrates.
Outcome 2. Formulate a ration for any category of performance horse.
1. The requirements of each individual horse are considered in relation to its activity.
2. The need for and use of feed supplements, including vitamins and minerals is evaluated.
3. The process of formulating a balanced ration is demonstrated
4. The importance of feed hygiene on the health and welfare of stabled horses is appreciated.
All breeds of horses
Performance, maintenance, growth and reproduction.
Outcome 3. Identify the major causes of nutritional metabolic disorders
1. The importance of a natural fibre-based diet for the maintenance of a healthy digestive system is considered.
2. The processes of nutritionally induced metabolic disorders are detailed and the pathological conditions subsequently developed are demonstrated.
3. Feeding regimes to maximize energy consumption while maintaining gut health are assessed.
Fresh and conserved forages.
Stomach, large intestine, liver, feet, blood
Endurance and high intensity work.
Outcome 4. Evaluate the patterns of growth and development of the major tissues and organs.
1. The patterns of growth from birth to maturity are detailed and the knowledge applied to the nutritional management of the horse.
2. The factors affecting growth and development are assessed.
Post-natal, young stock.
Mare, stallion, gelding.
All breeds of horse.
Performance, growth, maintenance.
.2 IT and information handling
IT skills, particularly spreadsheet skills learned in Business modules are developed and assessed in the ration formulation exercise as the assignment must be done on an Excel spreadsheet.
.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Daily dietary requirements, based on a range of formulae, must be calculated before the ration formulation is tackled. The rationing exercise itself requires continual application of numerical skills and the accuracy of these skills are assessed when marking the assignment.
.4 Writing in an academic context
Critical evaluation of published information will be encouraged during seminar sessions, while the students own writing will be assessed in the unseen examination.
.5 Oral discussion and presentation
Discussion will be encouraged during seminar sessions.
.6 Careers need awareness
Where possible, a visit from a feed company will be arranged, during which information on careers in the equine nutrition industry will be discussed.
Considerable time management skills will be developed during the ration formulation exercise.
.8 Group activity
Seminar sessions will involve group discussion, while practical classes will require working as a group when determining condition score and body weight.
This module is at CQFW Level 5