Good nutrition is an essential part of maintaining a strong healthy horse. Due to the importance of this topic, the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences - Department of Animal Science offers a full semester undergraduate course on Equine Nutrition, which is open to continuing education students.
The course provides in-depth information on the function and peculiarities of equine gastrointestinal physiology and the importance of the nutrients that are essential for equine well-being. Common feeds and supplements used to provide these nutrients are discussed in addition to how to read and interpret commercial feed labels and balance rations, using feed analyses and computer programs. You will learn how to recognize and prevent feed related illnesses and how to meet the special needs of horses that are ill or geriatric. Practical approaches to feeding the various classes of horses, such as broodmares, stallions, foals and performance horses, in addition to feeding systems including pasture management are presented in the last segments of the course. Several optional "wet labs" and field trips are offered during the semester.
To assist continuing education students who might not be able to regularly travel to New Brunswick, the course has been designed so it may be taken "on-line," with no attendance requirements. As an on-line student, you will have access to all lecture and supplemental information provided to the in-class attendees. There will be two weekly "live chat" sessions with the professor to discuss the assigned topics. You will also have the ability to participate in field trips and demonstrations – and even the classroom portion of the course – as your schedule permits. If you wish to be able to access the on-line course, you must provide an e-mail address at the time of registration so we can enter you into Rutgers' "E-classroom" system.
Who Should Attend?
This 14-week program is an undergraduate course that is offered on a noncredit basis to horse owners, trainers, feed sales representatives or anyone interested in the topic. If you register as a continuing education student, you will receive continuing education units (3.6 CEUs) rather than undergraduate college credits. Please note that a high school diploma is required and a background in biology and physiology is useful, but not required.
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