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ASC323 Equine Nutrition (8)


This subject involves the study of the theoretical basis of and practical application of the nutrition of the horse. The concepts of nutrition studied in ASC271 will be built on and applied to the efficient and safe feeding of different classes of horse.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- list the major features of the horse?s digestive system;
- list the major functions of each component of the digestive system;
- describe how any given nutrient would be digested and absorbed;
- list the major routes of metabolism for the endproducts of digestion;
- rank the energy yielding potential of the various endproducts of digestion;
- list the symptoms of mineral and vitamin deficiencies;
- list and describe the various procedures used in the evaluation of horse feeds;
- recommend suitable pastures for horses;
- recommend and prepare suitable rations for various classes of horse;
- list the symptoms of poisoning and nutritional disorders;
- identify potential feed toxins
- identify behavioural and digestive disorders and recommend procedures to prevent these


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Anatomy of the horse digestive system - Digestion in the horse - Nutrients for animal production - Feedstuff analysis - Metabolism - Mineral nutrition - Vitamin nutrition - Horse feeds - How to feed and management routines - Pastures for horses - Feeding requirements for different classes of horse - Poisons in horse feeds

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Held to cover practical aspects of horse health and other pertinent topics.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.