|| RS22320 |
|| EQUINE NUTRITION |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Dr John H Harries |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Mrs Jean A McCarthy |
|| RS11310 , BS10910 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 22 Hours 22 x 1 hour lectures, jointly taught with RD28220 |
|| Practical || 9 Hours 3 x 3 hour practicals |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 11 Hours 11 x 1 hour seminars |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours EXAMINATION ||50%|
|Semester Assessment|| RATION FORMULATION ASSIGNMENT ||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours EXAMINATION ||100%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of equid digestive physiology
2. Formulate a ration for any category of performance horse.
3 Identify the major causes of nutritional metabolic disorders
4. Match the patterns of growth and development of young performance horses with specific nutrient supply.
It is essential for students studying animal and human exercise physiology to have an understanding of the nutritional requirements of both species. This module will furnish students with knowledge in equine nutrition and allow them to make judgments and recommendations on feeding regimes for performance horses involved in a wide range of disciplines. Students will learn to use both basic IT skills and specifically designed computer packages to formulate rations for horses. They will also gain substantial knowledge of the nutritional content of the proprietary feeds currently sold by equine feed manufacturers.
This module will put some sound scientific knowledge behind the practical aspects of feeding horses. The lectures and practicals cover the digestive physiology of the horse; energy, protein and micronutrient requirements, and will integrate aspects of plant nutrient content with daily nutrient supply to the animal. Considerable emphasis will be placed on ration formulation for performance horses engaged in a wide range of activities and on the causes of metabolic disorders frequently encountered by hard-working equids.
Topics covered in lectures and practicals:
Physiology of digestion and absorption
Energy and protein requirements for work
The use of fat in performance horse diets
Feeding dietary fibre
Feeding for growth and development
NRC (1989) Nutrient Requirements of Horses Bulletin 5.
National Academy Press. Washington DC
(BI-ANNUAL) Proceedings of the Dodson and Horrell International Conference on Feeding Horses
Pilliner, S. (1989) Equine Nutrition
BSP Professional Books
McDonald, P., Edwards, R.A. and Greenhalgh, J.F.D. (1981) Animal Nutrition
Frape, D. (1983) Equine Nutrition and Feeding
Proceedings of the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society.
Lewis, L.D. (1995) Equine Clinical Nutrition ? Feeding and Care.
Williams and Wilkins
Frandson, R.D. (1981) Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals
Lea and Febiger
This module is at CQFW Level 5