ANSC30350 Equine Nutrition

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module aims to develop knowledge of equine digestion, nutrition and feeding. It explores the anatomy and physiology of the equine digestive tract. It also covers the different types of ingredients of horse feeds and estimated nutrient requirements. The students will learn how to use laboratory methods for assessing nutritional status. This module also provides knowledge on how to prepare and recommend rations for horses and ponies, based on the physiological condition of the animal, in health and disease, and targeting the specific activities the animal will perform.

Class feedback at end of term contribute to slight changes to content on an annual basis.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, the student will be able to:
• Describe protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the horse
Describe carbohydrate, protein and fat feed sources for horses and how they are metabolised.
• Discuss the different nutritional requirements of the foal, broodmare and performance horse
• Outline the common metabolic disorders and developmental diseases in the horse
• Describe good grassland management procedures for horses

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The teaching and learning approaches for this module include peer and group work; lectures; critical writing and presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

Student cannot be awarded credit for this module if they have already achieved similar educational outcomes in higher, further or secondary education.

Learning Recommendations:

It is highly recommended that students have previously taken an animal nutrition module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Take home worksheet for submission. Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Individual essay chosen from 4 title options. Critical analysis of at least four references from primary literature sources required. Grading rubric provided. Week 10 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group Project: Group presentation and submission of presentation recording on feeding requirements for specific type of horse Week 12 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Quiz/short question exam delivered via Brightspace. This is not an open book exam. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback on essay and worksheet submission will be provided on Brightspace. Group feedback will be provided on Group presentation work. Formative quizzes held throughout semester

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Field Trip Offering 1 Week(s) - 31 Mon 12:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 13:00 - 14:50