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Equine Nutrition

Please Note

This course will be offered in Winter 2013 and Summer 2014

Semester: Winter 2013
Start Date: January 07, 2013
End Date: March 31, 2013



Program Website

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Continuing Education


12 weeks

There are no set times you must be online.
It is recommended you visit the course site a minimum of 3 times a week.

Tuition Fees

$549.00 Regular Tuition Fee


Department: Equine Guelph
Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support

External: Agricultural Adaptation Council


Dr. Kathleen Cavanagh


You know your horse needs a good solid nutritional program. His life and career depend on the building blocks that nutrition will provide as the solid foundation; but you don't need a Ph.D. to make sure your horse has a good basic diet! This non-degree online course leads you through the maze of equine nutrition and gives you the practical knowledge and skills you need to develop and maintain a healthy nutritional program for your horse. The course covers the basics of nutrition, balancing rations and special populations.

This course is entirely online, so no travel to the University of Guelph is required.
This course is a core course in the Equine Science Certificate and Diploma in Equine Studies programs. For details about these programs, please see the program websites.

Designed For

people responsible for the nutritional requirements of horses, including owners, trainers, coaches, barn managers, grooms and those working in the feed and tack industries.


You will learn to assess and balance a ration for a horse. At the end of the course, it is expected that you will demonstrate your ability to balance or assess a ration. You will learn how to do this by working through the following objectives:

  • Understand theory related to the study of equine nutrition
  • Apply nutritional theory to horses under your care by assessing and developing proper nutritional programs
  • Grading Scheme

    Participation 10%
    5 Quizzes at 2% each 10%
    Fact Sheet/Special Topics Assignment 40%
    Final Quiz 40%
    Total 100%

    Assessment Method

    Online quizzes, participation in online discussions and written assignments submitted online.

    Course Topics

    Equine Nutrition will provide you with practical information on diet and nutrition and it's relationship to the health and performance of your horse

  • Assessing your horse
  • Digestive function and nutrient requirements
  • Forages
  • Concentrates
  • Supplements
  • Finding the balance
  • Practice at rationing
  • Broodmares and stallions
  • The growing foal
  • Special cases
  • Toxic plants
  • Problems of nutritional origin
  • Course Prerequisites

    Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent,
    or at least 18 years of age.

    It is recommended Equine Science Certificate students complete Nutrition before the elective Growth & Development if selected.

    It is recommended Diploma in Equine Studies students complete this course prior to GRowth & Development.


    Required Materials Provided:

    • Course Reader and Materials

    Required Materials Not Provided:


    Equine Nutrition and Feeding (Confirmed)
    Edition: Fourth
    Author(s): David Frape
    Published by: Wiley-Blackwell in 2010
    ISBN: 978-1-4051-9546-1

    Nutritional Requirements for Horses (Confirmed)
    Edition: Sixth Revised
    Published by: The National Academies Press in 2007
    ISBN-10: 0-309-10212-X
    ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10212-4
    Publisher's website:


    For more information
    Contact: Info Line
    Phone: 519 824-4120 ext. 55000

    These course details are based on information provided to date by the associated academic department or the course instructor. Course specific information remains subject to change until the actual date of course commencement. In the event of a discrepancy between the course information provided here and on the course website, the course website will be taken as official.