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Equine Nutrition

Semester Course for Continuing Education Students

Available On Campus or Online!

Rutgers Equine Nutrition Class

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Date & Time

Last Held: January 23 - May 6, 2019; Next offering tentatively planned for Spring 2021

Two options are available:

  1. A classroom section comprised of lectures, "hands-on" laboratories, mini case studies, and class projects. Class sessions will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:35pm - 1:55pm on Rutgers Cook Campus in New Brunswick, NJ; OR
  2. An self-paced interactive online section that combines readings, videos, class assessments, and discussions along with mini case studies and a group project. Log on whenever it's convenient for you and complete weekly assignments.

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.  

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the nutritional management and requirements of horses.

Topics include:

  • Gastrointestinal physiology;
  • Digestion;
  • Essential nutrients;
  • Feeds and supplements;
  • Reading feed tags;
  • Evaluating a forage analysis;
  • Pasture management;
  • Ration analysis and balancing;
  • Nutritional deficits and excesses;
  • Nutrition related diseases; and
  • Nutritional management of mares, stallions, foals, and performance horses.

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and compare the basic digestive anatomy of horses and how it relates to digestion and absorption.
  2. Recognize the diversity of a horse's nutritional requirements based on different life stages.
  3. Critically evaluate feeding programs, recognize deficits/excesses in the rations, and know the signs to look for in horses fed the deficient or excess nutrients.
  4. Critique feeds and supplements with regard to quality, nutrient content, and necessity in a horse's ration.
  5. Design a feeding program for a farm incorporating 3-4 different life stages and one problem horse.

Student performance is based on quizzes, exams, case studies, and a feeding program project.

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. The course is appropriate for both novice and experienced horse enthusiasts, though some background in both nutrition and equine science is helpful to excel in the course. 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.

Course Instructor:

Dr. Carey Williams, Associate Professor, Rutgers Department of Animal Sciences
Read bio.

Registration Fee TBD  
Multi-Person Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided at this course.


Bartlett Hall, Room 123
84 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.


  • All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
  • All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
  • Citations/fines will be issued for failure to comply with these policies.

Access the course from any computer or device with high speed internet access

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat or materials for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Equine Nutrition" or Course Code AA0303) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.