HORSE DIET AND NUTRITION
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To acquire concepts regarding the nutritional value and chemical composition of feeds. Feeding horse on the basis of requirements in relation to phases of the production cycle.
Course contents summary
The digestive system. Utilization of the products of dietary energy and protein.. The roles and requirements of major minerals and trace elements, of vitamin and water. Chemical composition and palatabilty feeds. Factors affecting digestibility feeds. Naturals and contaminant toxicants in feeds. Estimating nutrient value of feeds based on digestible energy (DE) and French horse net energy. Nutrient requirements for maintenance, growth, lactation and work. Feeding broodmares. Feeding foal, weanling, yearlings. Feeding stallion.Feeding working horses.
FRAPE D. (2004) - Equine nutrition & feeding. 3rd ed .Blackwell Publishing, Oxford ,UK.
NRC (1989) - Nutrient Requirements of Horses, Fifth Revised Edition ,National Research Council, Washington D.C.
LEWIS D.L. (1998) - Alimentazione e allevamento del cavallo. Edizioni Mediche Scientifiche Internazionali - Roma.
JARRIGE R., MARTIN ROSSET W. (1993) - Il cavallo. Riproduzione- selezione- alimentazione- sfruttamento. Masson S.p.A.- Milano
PICCIONI M. (1989) - Dizionario degli Alimenti per il Bestiame, Edagricole, Bologna
Lectures and Laboratory (concentrates, hay, silage and haylage),
Assessment methods and criteria