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Horse Nutrition

The Horse Nutrition course is based on the knowledge of equine experts at Michigan State University. You will discover a wealth of resources for learning about the many factors that contribute to the proper diet of a horse. Knowledge of horse nutrition and feeding management practicies is necessary for all horse owners. A proper diet can lead to a healthier and better performing horse.

The Nutrition Requirements of Horses book is recommended as a supplement to this course.

You will gain knowledge of the nutritional requirements of a horse based on its specific needs and learn to apply suitable feeding management practices.

Overview of Topics
You'll learn about many aspects of horse nutrition, including anatomy, horse behavior, nutrients, nutritional requirements, feedstuffs, evaluating and balancing a ration, diseases affecting nutrition, and feeding management.

More specifically, you will learn about

  • The digestive anatomy of a horse and how it functions
  • Ingestive behaviors of a horse, including grazing, feed intake and herd interactions
  • How the major nutrients are digested, absorbed and used by equine animals
  • Evaluating the nutritional status of your horse
  • Nutritional requirements for broodmares, growing horses, equine athletes and geriatric horses
  • Feedstuffs, including forage, grains and supplements
  • How diseases can affect the nutritional requirements of a horse
  • How to develop and evaluate a feed ration
  • Feeding management strategies

It will probably take you 8 to 10 hours to complete this course.

Each lesson consists of an overview, informative topics including pictures and short video clips, as well as optional activities.

USDF Accreditation
This course is accredited by the United States Dressage Federation for 2 credits. Learn more!