EQST 1510 Equine Nutrition

A study of feed compositions, ration balancing, carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamins, figuring Total Digestible Nutrients (TDNs) as they relate to horses. Mineral and vitamin supplements and additives will also be figured. (3 lect.)


3 credits

Major Topics

  • Digestive System of the Horse
  • Water for Horses
  • Energy and Energy Providing Nutrients
  • Minerals for Horses
  • Vitamins for Horses
  • Developmental Orthopedic Diseases in Horses
  • Harvested Feeds for Horses
  • Pasture for Horses
  • General Feeding Practices and General Horse Care Management Practices
  • Diet Evaluation, Formulation and Preparation for Horses
  • Feeding all Classes of Horses
  • Poisoning in Horses


In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

1. Give examples of the evolutionary adaptations of the equine as a grazing animal

2. Develop a working vocabulary of anatomical, nutritional and medical terminology

3. Recognize sound equine management practices

4. Recall the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system

5. Relate the nutrients required for equine health to their sources in the diet

6. Evaluate and formulate rations for all classes of horses