Horse Nutrition

Topics: Digestive Anatomy, Ingestive Behavior, Nutrients, Nutritional Assessment, Nutritional Requirements, Feedstuffs, Ration Evaluation and Formulation, Diseases, Management Strategies

Content Expert: Dr. Christine Skelly

The Horse Nutrition course is based on the knowledge of equine experts at Michigan State University. You will discover a wealth of resources for learning about the many factors that contribute to the proper diet of a horse. Knowledge of horse nutrition and feeding management practices is necessary for all horse owners. A proper diet can lead to a healthier and better performing horse. For questions regarding this course contact Dr. Skelly at skellych@msu.edu

Course Overview

You’ll learn about many aspects of horse nutrition, including anatomy, horse behavior, nutrients, nutritional requirements, feedstuffs, evaluating and balancing a ration, diseases affecting nutrition, and feeding management.

More specifically, you will learn about:

  • The digestive anatomy of a horse and how it functions

  • Ingestive behaviors of a horse, including grazing, feed intake and herd interactions

  • How the major nutrients are digested, absorbed and used by equine

  • Evaluating the nutritional status of your horse

  • Nutritional requirements for broodmares, growing horses, equine athletes and geriatric horses

  • Feedstuffs, including forage, grains and supplements

  • How to develop and evaluate a feed ration 

  • How diseases can affect the nutritional requirements of a horse

  • Feeding management strategies
     

It will probably take you 10 to 12 hours to complete the course.

A recommended supplemental learning product is the book, Nutrient Requirements of Horses.

Course Format

Self-paced

Price

$200.00

 

Registration Instructions

To register for this course you will need to create an account, sign in with your email/password, and complete the registration process. To watch a video tutorial, demonstrating an overview of the registration process, click on the following link: Online Course Registration Video Tutorial. Step-by-step instructions are below.

 

  1. Create your MSU Guest Account/Community ID and PasswordCreate Your Account

  2. Login to the registration system with your Community ID and Password: Horse Nutrition.

  3. Follow the instructions to register for the course. Upon registration, you will receive a receipt and instructions for accessing the course.

Technical Assistance

If you have any technical problems please contact the Michigan State University Discovery Services Help Desk. They are available at reachout@msu.edu or at 800-500-1554 from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is my username/NETID?
    Your username (or NET ID) is the email address you used to create your account during registration (you use the same email address/password for registering and for taking the course).

  2. What URL do I go to for logging into the course?
    Go to: 
    https://d2l.msu.edu/. You will see the Michigan State University at the top of the page. Login with the email address and password you set during the registration process.

  3. I received a “not authenticated” response when trying to login – what do I do?
    A “not authenticated” message is typically an issue with a password not being entered correctly. To reset your password at any time go to: 
    https://community.idm.msu.edu/ and select the option for Forgot Password. You will receive an email from a sender called “Community ID” with a link to reset your password.

  4. I forgot my password – where can I reset it?
    To reset your password at any time go to: 
    https://community.idm.msu.edu/ and select the option for Forgot Password. You will receive an email from a sender called “Community ID” with a link to reset your password.

  5. Who can I call for technical support?
    If you have any technical problems please contact the Michigan State University Discovery Services Help Desk. They are available at reachout@msu.edu or at 800-500-1554 from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday.

Course Overview Video

CONTACT US

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Drive; Room 409
East Lansing, MI, 48824

Phone: 517-432-5131

Email:  info@myhorseuniversity.com

My Horse University is a national online program for horse enthusiasts based at Michigan State University, one of the top U.S. universities in Equine Science and Management, with MSU Extension. 

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