ASC412 Equine Nutrition (8)

This subject expands on the basic principles and application of feeding horses. The feeding of all horse classes will be studied in depth including an examination of nutritional problems that may arise. From this management strategies will be developed. The role of nutritional supplements and evaluation of commercial feedstuffs will be explored and least cost rations formulated. Topics such as toxic plants and dental health will also be covered.

For those studying by distance education, this subject has a compulsory residential school. During the residential school students will undertake tutorial workshops on feed evaluation and feeding techniques taught to internal students as well as participate in Solution-Based problem solving sessions designed to provide a hands-on approach to the theory taught in the subject.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC412. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Animal nutrition (core concepts)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to formulate rations, at least cost, for all classes of horses according to NRC (2006) requirements;
  • Be able to evaluate traditional feeding practices and their impact on equine health and welfare;
  • Be able to evaluate existing rations and implement improvements;
  • Be able to devise feeding strategies that enhance equine health and welfare;
  • Be able to evaluate the quality of feedstuffs and commercially available products;
  • Be able to identify plants that are toxic to horses and develop management strategies to avoid toxicity;
  • Be able to develop a plan to maintain viable horse pastures;
  • Be able to use the literature to review current research into equine nutrition;
  • Be able to identify normal and abnormal dentition in a horse and explain the importance of maintaining good equine dental health;
  • Be able to engage in the Solutions Based Learning (SBL) process, working as part of an effective SBL team by demonstrating developing skills in team management, team communication and team efficiency;
  • Be able to demonstrate appropriate time management and organisational skills to permit completion of all SBL activities and assessment tasks.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - Feeding breeding mares, foals, growing horses, performance horses for least cost rations
  • - Feeding sick or old horses
  • - Feeding facts, fallacies and strategies
  • - Nutritional supplements
  • - Evaluation of commercial feedstuffs
  • - Toxic plants and pasture care
  • - Nutritional disorders
  • - Dental health

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

A series of tutorial sessions, workshops and Solution-Based programs will be run in order to provide a hands on approach to the theory taught in the subject.

Special Resources

This subject has a compulsory 2 days residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.