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

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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

$75.00 (through April 30, 2021)

 

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 and PasswordCreate Your Account

  2. Login to the registration system with your Guest Account (your email) 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.

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Technical Assistance

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If you have any technical problems, please contact the Michigan State University IT Service Desk from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday, any day that the University is open.  

  • Phone: (517) 432-6200 

  • Phone (toll free): 1 (844) 678-6200 

  • Chat 

  • Email Web Form 

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. 

 

I forgot my password – where can I reset it? 
If you need to reset your password at any time go to 
https://auth.msu.edu/ and select the option for "Need help Signing in." 

Course Overview Video