EQ1400: Equine Nutrition: NRC Plus

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Health starts with nutrition. The course will cover individual nutrients, what they do, why they are essential and how they interact. Feeding a horse properly isn’t like building a house or putting together a puzzle. It’s more like baking a cake. If you leave the baking powder out of a cake recipe, the results are catastrophic, and you end up with a cracker instead of a cake. This is the equivalent of a full-blown nutritional deficiency. However, adding too much also has negative effects. To get the perfect cake, all ingredients need to be balanced. This dynamic approach, focusing just as much on balance as on intake of individual nutrients, is what Dr. Kellon sees to be the most effective – and also efficient – way to build a sound diet.

The starting point for this course is the 2007 National Research Council recommendations for feeding horses. However, that’s all they are – a starting point. They are a tool you will use in evaluating every diet, but Dr. Kellon wants this to be more than just a nuts and bolts numbers game.

The material for each section of the course will be posted on the internet weekly as a pdf file. It will include the material Dr. Kellon wishes to cover, links for further reading, and a series of review questions that will emphasize the most important points. When students receive the next week’s material, the answers to the questions from the week before will be at the front.

This is a no pressure learning situation. There is no “mandatory attendance” at any time, no grades. The review questions are for the students’ use only. Dr. Kellon assumes that anyone taking the course is doing so because they want to learn more about equine nutrition. Students have the luxury to read when it is convenient for them to do so.

Dr. Kellon will open the Yahoo Groups discussion group in advance of the course starting. This will be a group exclusively for course participants. Use this group to ask questions about any part of the course material at any time. If you fall behind (life happens), you will have the opportunity to join the Yahoo group for the next run of the course if you think that would be beneficial to you (no fee second time around).

Course Overview

Week One – Physiology of Digestion and Nutrient Utilization

The digestive tract
Active and passive absorption of minerals
Absorption and metabolism of fats
Absorption and metabolism of protein
Absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates
Vitamins

Week Two – Tools for Determining Intake

Soil analysis
Hair analysis
Blood and tissue analysis
Diet analysis

Week Three – Energy Sources, Energy Requirements

Carbohydrates, fats, and protein as calories; role of the B vitamins
Requirements for growth
Requirements for pregnancy and lactation
Requirements for adult maintenance
Fine tuning

Week Four – Protein Requirements

Crude protein vs. digestible protein
Amino acid requirements
Requirements for growth
Requirements for pregnancy and lactation
Requirements for adult maintenance and exercise
Conditions requiring special protein considerations

WEEK FIVE – UNDERSTANDING ELECTROLYTES AND HYDRATION

Definition of electrolytes
Sodium and the Physiology of Water Balance
Potassium
Chloride
Bicarbonate
Balancing to sweat losses

WEEK SIX – THE MAJOR MINERALS

Beyond NRC
Calcium
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Sulfur

WEEK SEVEN – THE TRACE MINERALS

Copper
Zinc
Manganese
Selenium
Iodine
Other

WEEK EIGHT – BUILDING A DIET

Determine energy requirements
Selecting appropriate energy sources
Calculating minerals
Balancing minerals
Vitamins
Food versus supplement sources

WEEK NINE – THE EXERCISING HORSE – BASICS

Matching energy sources to need
Protein considerations
Minerals and electrolytes
Vitamins

WEEK TEN – HANDS-ON

Sample insulin resistance diet
Sample pregnancy/lactation/weanling diet
Endurance

This course is appropriate for all skill levels, and is excellent for owners, trainers, riders and students.

*This course fulfills the requirement for the Nutrition course component of the Master Equinology ® Equine Body Worker Certification (MEEBW).

Externship:
If you are using this course as part of the Equinology MEEWB certification, you must also pay the Equinology Externship Fee of $125. Once the student completes the course, notify Dr. Kellon’s office, and they will send you out the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you can begin the externship (case studies and extra learning activities).