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Equine Nutrition For Maximum Performance
ES 140

Instructor: Eleanor Richards, PrI, PsM



  Equine Nutrition For Maximum Performance teaches the fundamentals of equine nutrition. Students will learn the physiology of the equine digestive system, nutrients available in different feeds and how to apply that knowledge.

         Horse nutrition is both an art and a science. Upon completing the course the student will have the basic knowledge needed to properly feed performance horses, helping them reach their potential.  Experience and observation will then be supported by a solid scientific foundation of equine nutrition.

              I. Understanding the Equine Digestive System
             II. The Six Nutrients
                   A. Water
                   B. Protein
                   C. Carbohydrates
                   D. Fat
                   E. Minerals
                   F. Vitamins

            III. Forages
                   A. Types of Plants
                   B. Pasture
                   C. Hay
                   E. Forage Substitutes

                IV. Grains and Concentrates
                        A. Cereal Grains
                        B. Concentrates

  V. Supplements and Nutraceuticals

               VI.  Know the Numbers

               VII. Feeding the Future Performance Horse
                         A. Broodmare Requirements
                         B. Stallion Requirements
                              C. Nursing Foals
                         D. Weanlings
                         E. Growing Horses

                VIII. Feeding the Performance Horse
                          A. Halter
                          B. Racing
                          C. Endurance
                          E. Pleasure

                 IX. Feeding the “Special Needs” Horse
                         A. HYPP
                         B. EPM
                         C. Laminitis Prone

                  X. Feeding the Retired Performance Horse

         There are no required textbooks for this course. 
         Suggested Reading: The National Research Council's Sixth Revised Edition (2007) Nutrient Requirements of Horses
         (Publication Date: March 9, 2007 | ISBN-10: 030910212X | ISBN-13: 978-0309102124 | Edition: 6) 
          For information on how to order the book,
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        There is no completion deadline for the course.  The student works at his or her own pace.  The student will not be "locked-out". 
        The average time to complete the course is three months.

         The grading scale for this course is as follows:
                 90-100%  =    A
                 80-89%    =    B
                 70-79%    =    C
                 Below 70%     Fail

        You are strongly encouraged to communicate via email with the instructor. Ms. Richards is available as an instructor and mentor to assist you in meeting your goals for this course.  If at any time during this course you change your email address, please be sure to notify the instructor and office right away.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms when communicating with the instructor.
        Please include full name and address in all correspondence.  

Many lessons require written assignments or essays.  They should be submitted as an attachment to an email using Word or a similar word processing software.
        Students may also be assigned extra assignments and questions not stated in the lesson.
        Please be sure to include full name and email address on all documents - not just in the email message. 
        Proper grammar and spelling will be graded.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms - this is college level work.

        Access to a horse is required.
        All assignments and quizzes must be completed.
        For specific questions regarding the course, please feel free to conact the instructor, Eleanor Richards

To order course - Click Here

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