Equine Nutrition (11:067:390)

(3 credits) (Sections 01 and 90)

Normally Offered: Odd-year spring semesters

Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: The prerequisites are Animal Science 11:067:142, Horse Management 11:067:384, and/or Animal Nutrition 11:067:330 or permission of Dr. Aparna Zama (Bartlett 209A, 732-932-8495, email zama@rutgers.edu). It is strongly recommended that students have a strong background in biological sciences and have taken courses in basic nutrition and horse management (or equivalent life experience) if taking this course for a grade.

Format: Primarily didactic lectures with a few "hands-on" laboratories.

Description:This is a fairly advanced course 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, feeding behavior and management, pasture management, nutritional deficits and excesses, ration analysis and balancing, nutrition related diseases, clinical nutrition of sick horses, and nutritional management of mares, stallions, foals, and performance horses. There is extensive use of slides and "case studies" in the lectures. There is a required textbook: Feeding and Care of the Horse, 2nd edition, by Lon Lewis. The course is appropriate for both novice and experienced horse enthusiasts, though some background in both nutrition and equine science is necessary to excel in the course. It also is open to continuing education students through the Cook College Office of Continuing Professional Education. Registration for Section 90 (online course) is available through the SEBS/Cook College Distance Education course website.

Examinations: The average of four quizzes, midterm and final exams will be used to determine the final grade. 90-100=A, 80-89=B, etc. Grades may be curved upward only.

Syllabus (may be subject to change)

Additional Information: Contact Dr. Aparna Zama (848-932-8495, email zama@rutgers.edu)