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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Create your MSU Guest Account/Community ID and Password: Create Your Account.
Login to the registration system with your Community ID and Password: Horse Nutrition.
Follow the instructions to register for the course. Upon registration, you will receive a receipt and instructions for accessing the course.
If you have any technical problems please contact the Michigan State University Discovery Services Help Desk. They are available at email@example.com or at 800-500-1554 from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday.
Frequently Asked Questions
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 or at 800-500-1554 from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday.
Course Overview Video