ASC512 Equine Nutrition (8)

This subject builds on the basic principles and application of feeding horses. The feeding of all horse classes will be studied in depth and include examination and critical evaluation of nutritional problems that may arise as a result of horse diet. From this, feeding management strategies will be developed which can be applied to a range of contexts, some novel and known to be problematic, depending on horse type and use.  The role of nutritional supplements and use of commercial feedstuffs will be critically appraised.  Least cost rations will be formulated for a range of horses.  Other factors that influence equine nutiriton such as toxic plants will also be covered. Solution-based problem solving will be used to enable students to experience a hands-on approach to, and application of, the theory taught in this subject  On successful completion of this subject students will be able to formulate comprehensive nutriiton plans tailered to individual equids and the conditions (natural or artiifical) in which they are kept.


* 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: ASC512. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only may enrol on this subject.

Assumed Knowledge
Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry
Incompatible Subjects


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 (2007) requirements;
  • be able to critically evaluate the quality of feedstuffs and commercially available products
  • be able to comprehensively appraise a range of feeding practices and evaluate their impact on equine health and welfare
  • be able to devise feeding strategies that enhance equine health and welfare;
  • be able to identify plants that are toxic to horses and develop creative management strategies to avoid toxicity
  • be able to critique the literature and contemporary research findings into equine nutrition;


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Feeding breeding mares, foals, stallions, growing horses and performance horses and formulating rations on the basis of least cost
  • Feeding sick or geriatric horses
  • Feeding facts, fallacies and strategies
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Evaluation of commercial feedstuffs
  • Toxic plants and pasture care and management
  • Nutritional disorders

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

A series of tutorials, workshops, practicals and Solution-Based problem solving activities will be used to provide a hands on approach to the theory taught in the subject.

Special Resources

Online students will be required to attend a residential school which may incur travel and accommodation expenses.
Closed-in stout leather shoes or boots must be worn when working with horses. Clean overalls with long sleeves are compulsory for this subject. When working with horses it is a requirement that all students wear an Australian Standards approved hard hat AS 3838. You may also use helmets considered acceptable by Equestrian Australia  these include NZ 3838, ARB HS 2012, ASTM F1163, PAS 015 and VG01.040.



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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.