Equine Nutrition 11:067-390

Instructor: Sarah L. Ralston, VMD, PhD, DACVN

Office: 209 Bartlett Hall

Phone: 732-932-9404

E-Mail: ralston@aesop.rutgers.edu

Recommended Text: Feeding and Care of the Horse,  2nd Edition,  by Lon Lewis

 Course Goals: To provide an indepth understanding of the nutritional requirements and optimal nutritional management of all types of horses and to teach students how to critically evaluate feeding programs and to recognize deficits/excesses in the rations. A fair amount of new material that has been published since the textbook was written will be included in the lectures and through document sharing.  It is recommended that you bookmark the link to the 2007 National Research Council’ 6th edition of the Nutrient Requirements of Horses (http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11653&page=1) that you can access for free. We will be using it as a reference too.

Grading: Will be based on the average of the quizzes, a midterm, a Take home project and final exam (1/4 each). There will be three 15 min quizzes given, but the lowest grade will be dropped from the quiz average.

In all cases, 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-70=D, though I may curve down and B+, C+, D+ will be determined by the curve.

                                        Topic                                                          Relevant Lewis page # 

Date                                                                              

1/19  Wed       Introduction to course/Gastrointestinal anatomy                4

1/24   Mon      Nutrient Digestion: Carbohydrate, Protein, Fat               8-18            

1/26   Wed      Nutrient Digestion: Fiber and fermentation             Course notes, Document share

1/31   Mon      Minerals of concern in horses                                            20-39                    

2/2     Wed         Vitamins of concern in horses                                          45-61        

                      Quiz #1 (GI anat, /CHO/Prot/Fat/fiber)       

2/7    Mon       Water                                                                                      3-8,

2/9    Wed       Forages                                                                                   63-70, 79-80, Document share

2/14  Mon      Concentrates                                                                          70-78                         

2/16 Wed       Supplements/ reading labels                                              82-99

2/21  Mon      Factors Affecting Nutrition requirements                     See Document Sharing

                      Quiz #2: Minerals/Vitamins/Water/Forages/    

 2/23 Wed      Control of appetite                                                       See Document Sharing     

2/28   Mon     Feeding Systems                                                                   147-154    

3/4 Wed         Ration formulation/evaluation                                          112-137     

3/7   Mon       Ration formulation/evaluation                                          139-144     

3/9  Wed         MIDTERM EXAM (All lectures up to, but not including, ration formulation)

3/14 ,  3/16           SPRING BREAK- no classes

3/21  Mon          Maintenance Management/case studies

 3/23  Wed         Performance Horse Nutrition                                           193-207           

3/28  Mon          Performance horse problems: EPSM, Tying up, etc      

3/30  Wed          Broodmares/stallions                                                        230-235          

                    TAKE HOME PROJECT handed out

 4/4 Mon            Growing horses                                                                   264-276                                

 4/6 Wed           Pasture Management: Guest Speaker: TBA    103-111  

                          Take home project due   

4/11  Mon          Toxic plants                                    301-344     

4/13 Wed         Feed induced diseases                208-215,  346-368     

   Quiz 3: Performance, Broodmares, Growing, Pastures,

4/18 Mon         Feeding sick horses                       289-297

4/20 Wed          Feeding old horses       See Document Sharing           

4/25 Mon         Body Condition Scoring-meet at red horse barn

4/27 Wed          Feed Industry

5/2 Mon            Case studies

5/4 Wed          Common Myths-Review  

Final Exam: tba

 Other events:

February 13 (Sunday): Horse Management Seminar: Focus on Geriatrics

April 30 (Saturday): Ag Field Day Shows 10AM-noon

May 1 (Sunday): Young Mustang Auction/Adoption 11AM-2PM

Equine Nutrition 11:067-390

Instructor: Sarah L. Ralston, VMD, PhD, DACVN

Office: 209 Bartlett Hall

Phone: 732-932-9404

E-Mail: ralston@aesop.rutgers.edu

Recommended Text: Feeding and Care of the Horse,  2nd Edition,  by Lon Lewis

 Course Goals: To provide an indepth understanding of the nutritional requirements and optimal nutritional management of all types of horses and to teach students how to critically evaluate feeding programs and to recognize deficits/excesses in the rations. A fair amount of new material that has been published since the textbook was written will be included in the lectures and through document sharing.  It is recommended that you bookmark the link to the 2007 National Research Council’ 6th edition of the Nutrient Requirements of Horses (http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11653&page=1) that you can access for free. We will be using it as a reference too.

Grading: Will be based on the average of the quizzes, a midterm, a Take home project and final exam (1/4 each). There will be three 15 min quizzes given, but the lowest grade will be dropped from the quiz average.

In all cases, 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-70=D, though I may curve down and B+, C+, D+ will be determined by the curve.

                                        Topic                                                          Relevant Lewis page # Date                                                                              

1/19  Wed       Introduction to course/Gastrointestinal anatomy          4

1/24   Mon      Nutrient Digestion: Carbohydrate, Protein, Fat               8-18            

1/26   Wed      Nutrient Digestion: Fiber and fermentation             Course notes, Document share

1/31   Mon      Minerals of concern in horses                                            20-39                    

2/2     Wed         Vitamins of concern in horses                                          45-61        

                      Quiz #1 (GI anat, /CHO/Prot/Fat/fiber)       

2/7    Mon       Water                                                                                      3-8,

2/9    Wed       Forages                                                                                   63-70, 79-80, Document share

2/14  Mon      Concentrates                                                                          70-78                         

2/16 Wed       Supplements/ reading labels                                              82-99

2/21  Mon      Factors Affecting Nutrition requirements                     See Document Sharing

                      Quiz #2: Minerals/Vitamins/Water/Forages/    

 2/23 Wed      Control of appetite                                                       See Document Sharing     

2/28   Mon     Feeding Systems                                                                   147-154    

3/4 Wed         Ration formulation/evaluation                                          112-137     

3/7   Mon       Ration formulation/evaluation                                          139-144     

3/9  Wed         MIDTERM EXAM (All lectures up to, but not including, ration formulation)

3/14 ,  3/16           SPRING BREAK- no classes

3/21  Mon          Maintenance Management/case studies

 3/23  Wed         Performance Horse Nutrition                                           193-207           

3/28  Mon          Performance horse problems: EPSM, Tying up, etc      

3/30  Wed          Broodmares/stallions                                                        230-235          

                    TAKE HOME PROJECT handed out

 4/4 Mon            Growing horses                                                                   264-276                                

 4/6 Wed           Pasture Management: Guest Speaker: TBA    103-111  

                          Take home project due   

4/11  Mon          Toxic plants                                    301-344     

4/13 Wed         Feed induced diseases                208-215,  346-368     

   Quiz 3: Performance, Broodmares, Growing, Pastures,

4/18 Mon         Feeding sick horses                       289-297

4/20 Wed          Feeding old horses                    See Document Sharing           

4/25 Mon         Body Condition Scoring-meet at red horse barn

4/27 Wed          Feed Industry

5/4 Mon          Common Myths-Review  

Final Exam: tba

 

Other events:

February 13 (Sunday): Horse Management Seminar: Focus on Geriatrics

April 30 (Saturday): Ag Field Day Shows 10AM-noon

May 1 (Sunday): Young Mustang Auction/Adoption 11AM-2PM