Unit 42 – Level 5 Equine Sports Nutrition

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Since the 1980s interest in equine nutrition has increased and there is now a considerable body of research upon which feed companies and horse owners can draw to improve the quality of performance horse diets, while minimising nutrition related metabolic disorders.

This module examines the nutrient requirements for horses, feed evaluation, and diet composition for the performance horse. It covers research techniques currently used by equine nutritionists to investigate equid digestive physiology together with techniques both in vivo and in vitro that are used to develop new feeds and investigate feed interactions.

The module introduces students to the wide body of equine nutrition research and encourages them to evaluate this work in relation to its application to sports horse feeding.

Unit 42 Equine Sports Nutrition - Learning Outcomes

Analyse the impact of research on feed analyses and nutrient requirements of horses.

Recent work on nutrient requirements in horses: basal metabolism, heat increment, muscular activity. INRA feed evaluation system, NRC nutrient requirements for work. Developments in the measurement of nutrient content of feeds. In vivo and in vitro research techniques for measuring digestibility of feeds.

Investigate and appraise recent nutritional research techniques and developments.

Nutritional research techniques: in vivo  techniques, total collection, markers, moble bags, in sacco gut partition studies. In vitro Tilley and Terry, Acid Cellulase, Gas production.

 Critically evaluate feeding regimes for a range of equestrian disciplines

Feeding systems: voluntary feed intake, feeding forages, physiological ageing, pathogenic challenge, hay, haylage, alfalfa, sugar beet. Concentrate feeds, processing, targeting small intestine digestion. Problems of heat increment. Fat, palatability, glucose sparing amount fed, young performance horses, requirements for additional nutrients, glycaemic response.   Supplementing the performance horse diets, minerals, vitamins, electrolytes, probiotics, prebiotics, Ergogenic aids. Summary diet for an endurance horse, summary diet for a racehorse / polo pony.

Course Details

 

TOCES Higher Education Short Course

Academic Level: Higher Education Level 5
Number of units/modules: 1
Study Hours per Unit: 150
Total Hours:  150
Course Duration:  Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements
Study Week Requirements: Optional Higher Educational Study Week

This is a TOCES Certificate course. You will be awarded a graded TOCES certificate upon completion of the course. This will be of value to prospective employers as well as to you personally as it reflects your commitment to study. Please note that although TOCES Certificate courses do not result in a validated qualification, the course material is of the same high standard as our validated programmes through BTEC, the BHS and City and Guilds.

As with all TOCES programmes, you will receive detailed study material – each module comprises two work assignments which are completed at home and sent in for tutor assessment and feedback.

The first assignment in each module are formative work assignments designed to prepare you for the second assignment, a summative work assignment which contributes towards your overall grade. The overall grade of your qualification will reflect the grades achieved in your assignments. You will receive a TOCES certificate on successful completion of the course.

For all programmes you must be:

  • enthusiastic!
  • prepared to work hard
  • disciplined enough to set aside time to study
  • prepared to undertake independent study
  • at least 16 years old

While not compulsory, applicants under the age of 21 should hold one of the following:

  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Horse Management or a related area
  • AVCE/Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area
  • GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution

or

  • Non-UK qualifications of a comparable level to those listed above
  • Overseas students whose first language is not English must hold a minimum of level 7 International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Further information can be gained from www.ielts.org.

Mature learners (21 years and above)
Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

How much work is involved?
It is estimated that, including attendance at Study Weeks, each module involves an average of 150 hours study. To calculate how long a programme will take to complete multiply the number of modules by 150 and divide by the number of hours you feel you can spare each week. Although distance learning is a very flexible mode of study you must complete the course requirements before the course completion date. The more time you spend on additional research, the more likely you will be to attain high grades.

Modules generally consist of one Formative and one Summative Work Assignment. Project work and independent research are integral to most modules.  You will receive detailed tutor feedback for each Formative Assignment. Each Summative Assignment is graded and counts towards your overall qualification. Formative Assignments do not count towards the qualification grade and in some instances are optional.

You are also required to undertake independent research and read around the subject areas to increase your depth of knowledge and demonstrate the ability to analyse, disseminate and evaluate information.  We do not specify how many hours each assignment will take – this is included within the 150 hours and is individual to each student.

How long do the courses take?
We appreciate that our students have work, family and equine commitments so do not set rigid time limits. However a maximum completion date is calculated on enrolment.

Time taken depends on:

  • How much you know already – you will find some modules easier and more interesting than others
  • Work commitments
  • Family commitments
  • Equine commitments
  • Your dedication and motivation

To maintain a steady rate of work through an HE programme you should allocate at least ten hours per week to your studies. If you cannot find ten hours in a week you must appreciate that it will take longer to complete the Course and extra costs will be incurred after the maximum completion date if an extension is granted.

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