Application of equine specific knowledge and skills onto a basis of agricultural grassland production: grass evaluation and establishment; grazing systems; winter forage; forage and nutrient availability for a monogastric hind gut fermenter; sporting use. Equine grazing behaviour under feral and domesticated situations. Paddock boundaries.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of grasses, forage legumes, noxious weeds, and show a critical awareness of their relevance to the equine industry.
- Describe and evaluate the techniques employed for the establishment and management of pastures and equine sports surfaces.
- Analyse the processes used for producing conserved forages and select and justify forages for different equine enterprises.
- Recognise the techniques necessary to maintain sward and equine health as swards are affected by equine grazing behaviour.
|Examination||Unseen exam (2 hours)||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following (and recent scientific journal publications relating to equine grassland management):
- Bax, J. and Lane, G. (2004). Equine Forages and Grassland Management. In Emerging Equine Science. p.133-143. Nottingham University Press.
- Frape, D. (2010). Equine Nutrition and Feeding. (4th edition). Blackwell Publishing.
- Moore-Colyer, M. and Longland, A. (2004). Exploiting Dietary Fibre in Equid Diets. In Emerging Equine Science. p.113-129. Nottingham University Press. O’Beirne-Ranelagh, E. (2005). Managing Grass for Horses. J.A. Allen Ltd.
- Saastamoinen, M., Fradinho, M.J., Santos, A.S. and Miraglia, N. (ed.) (2012). Forages and Grazing in Horse Nutrition. Wageningen Academic. (EAAP Publication, 132).