Module: Equine Science 1

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Jo Charles
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours

Module content

Nutrition - digestive physiology, nutrient requirements, principles of diet formulation, recent advances in equine nutrition.

Health and Disease - diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common equine disorders, e.g. lameness, respiratory problems and infertility.

Parasitology - pathology and control of equine parasites.

Breeding - genetic science in relation to modern horse breeding strategies. Artificial versus natural selection, inheritance of simple (coat colour) and more complex traits (racing performance, behaviour, disease).

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of equine gut physiology and feeding management practices to the health and welfare of equids.
  2. Understand how advances in genetic science can be used to maximise performance and increase welfare of the horse.
  3. Understand common equine diseases and physical disorders and their methods of control/prevention.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x literature review 60%
Examination 1 x in class assessment 40%

Assessments may differ in 2021/22 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Bowling, A.T. and Ruvinsky, A. (eds.) (2000). The Genetics of the Horse. CABI Publishing.
  • Frape, D. (2010). Equine Nutrition and Feeding. (4th edition). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Harris, P.A. (2005). Equine nutrition for all: the lst BEVA and WALTHAM nutrition symposia, Harrogate, September 2005. British Equine Veterinary Association.
  • Leicester, C. and Wright, H. (1989). Bloodstock Breeding. (2nd revised edition). Allen.
  • Merck and Kahn, C. (2010) The Merck veterinary manual. 10th edn. MerckNational Research Council (NRC) (2007). Nutrient Requirements of Horses. Bulletin No. 6 (revised). The National Academies Press, Washington, USA.
  • Taylor, M.A., Coop, R.I. and Wall, R.I. (2007). Veterinary Parasitology. (3rd edition). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Supporting texts

  • Binns, M. and Morris, T. (2010). Thoroughbred Breeding: Pedigree Theories and the Science of Genetics. J.A. Allen.
  • Cuddeford, D. (2003). Equine Nutrition. Crowood Press.
  • Ellis, A.D. and Hill, J. (2005). Nutritional Physiology of the Horse. Nottingham University Press.
  • Equine NUtrition and TRAining COnference and Lindner, A. (ed.) (2013) Applied equine nutrition and training; Equine NUtrition and TRAining COnference (ENUTRACO) 2013 [E-book]. Available at: Wageningen Academic. (Accessed: 11 July 2014).
  • Lindner, A. (ed.) (2011). Applied Equine Nutrition and Training. Equine Nutrition and Training Conference 2011. Wageningen Academic.
  • Pagan, J.D. (ed.) (2009). Advances in Equine Nutrition IV. Nottingham University Press.
  • Stashak, R.S. (1987). Adam's Lameness in Horses. (4th edition). Lea and Febiger.
  • Waldron, L.A. (2013) Essential equine nutrition. Context Products


  • Equine Veterinary Journal
  • Journal Equine Veterinary Science
  • Journal Equine Veterinary Education
  • Parasites and Vectors available from