EQUINE NUTRITION

AGR3EQN

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides a thorough understanding of digestive physiology and the biochemical principles that are required for optimal, progressive, nutritional management of horses. The science of individual feeds is investigated and applied. The subject content includes: anatomy and function of the digestive tract and the role of microbes in equine digestion, equine nutritional requirements and dietary deficiency or excess, factors affecting the absorption or availability of key nutrients, and feed composition and analysis. Students develop their skills in assessing a range of feed and recommending diets for optimal performance and health.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

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Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Advances in equine nutrition I-IV

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorPagan, J

Year2009

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PublisherNOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY PRESS, NOTTINGHAM, UK.

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Recent advances in animal nutrition

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorGarnsworthy, P & Wiseman, J

Year2014

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PublisherCONTEXT PRODUCTS, PACKINGHAM, UK.

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Equine applied and clinical nutrition: health, welfare and performance

Resource TypePrescribed

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AuthorGeor,R J, Harris, P A & Coenen M

Year2013

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PublisherElsevier, UK

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Equine nutrition and feeding

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorFrape, D

Year2010

Edition/Volume4TH REV EDN

PublisherWILEY-BLACKWELL, CHICHESTER, UK.

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Nutrient requirements of horses

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorNational Research Council (U.S.) Committee on

YearN/A

Edition/Volume6TH REV EDN

PublisherNATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS, WASHINGTON, DC.

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Feeding horses in Australia: a guide for horse owners

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorKohnke, J, Kelleher, F & Trevor-Jones, P

Year1999

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PublisherRURAL INDUSTRIES RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply equine digestive anatomy and physiology to pathways of major food constituents (carbohydrates, fats and proteins), considering structure, digestion and metabolic fate.
02. Analyse quality of natural and processed feeds and common supplements in a horse diet.
03. Analyse contribution of natural and processed feeds and common supplements to horse diets.
04. Assess nutrient requirements of horses and critically evaluate a range of diets.
05. Evaluate production characteristics of common pasture species and the value of a balanced pasture in terms of feed costs and animal health.
06. Evaluate pasture establishment and management programs to maximize longevity for nutritional availability.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
Delivered as either face-to-face or as a pre-recorded online lecture

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 3.00 h practical per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Practical at Melbourne Polytechnic's Equine Facilities or other suitable equine facilities

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
Delivered as self- directed learning reading material or online tasks

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (1,000-words equivalent).  Five quizzes of equal value (200-words equivalent, each)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Individual Oral Presentation Diet Report (10 minutes, 500-words equivalent).  Assess nutrient requirements of classes of horses against analysed pasture species to determine value and contribution in a range of diets

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Diet Project Report (1,000-words).  Assess nutrient requirements of classes of horses against contents in a range of processed feeds and supplements to determine contribution in a range of diets

N/AReportIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Written exam (2 hours, 2,000-words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6