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.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Assumed Knowledge
Subject Relationships
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 3 day Compulsory Residential School.Held to cover practical aspects of horse health and other pertinent topics.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.