|Module Title||APPLIED EQUINE NUTRITION|
|Co-ordinator||Mr Anthony O'Regan|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Other staff||Mrs Jean A McCarthy|
|Course delivery||Lecture||1 x 1 hour lecture per week|
|Seminars / Tutorials||11 x 1 hour seminars over two semesters|
|Practical||3 x 3 hour practicals over two semesters|
|Other||1 x 4 hour visit/external talk|
Demonstrate a clear understanding of equid digestive physiology.
a. An understanding of the anatomy and function of the component parts of the equine digestive system is demonstrated.
b. The importance of water and its role in bodily functions is considered.
c. 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.
Formulate a ration for any category of performance horse.
a. The requirements 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 health and welfare of stabled horses is appreciated.
All breeds of horses
Performance, maintenance, growth and reproduction.
Identify the major causes of nutritional metabolic disorders
a. The importance of a natural fibre-based diet for the maintenance of a healthy digestive system is considered.
b. The processes of nutritionally induced metabolic disorders are detailed and the pathological conditions subsequently developed are demonstrated.
c. 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.
Evaluate the patterns of growth and development of the major tissues and organs.
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.
All breeds of horse.
Performance, growth, maintenance.
|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.|
|Communication||Through the tutorial/seminar sessions, skills in speaking, responding and listening will be developed.|
|Team work||Practical classes involve working in a group, and all seminar sessions are group discussions.|
|Information Technology||Developed in the ration formulation exercise, as it must be done on an Excel spreadsheet.|
|Application of Number||Calculations are required for 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.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5