Would you like to understand what your horse needs in their diet?

A better understanding of the horse’s natural feeding patterns, digestive system and nutrient requirements can help you provide a more balanced and appropriate diet for your horse, with consideration of their behavioural needs, welfare and gut health.


This course, from equine behaviour consultant and university lecturer Rosa Verwijs, is an introduction to feeding horses. You will benefit from an improved understanding of typical horse feed ingredients and how they fuel the horse with energy, provide essential nutrients for growth and performance, as well as which nutrients typically cause disruption to the gastrointestinal tract and may be responsible for behavioural problems associated with common feeding practices. Tips on selecting more appropriate feeds and ideas for enrichment will enable you to provide a more appropriate diet for your horse to thrive on and feeding strategies they will enjoy.

You will learn:

• What horses naturally choose to feed on in different habitats

• The pros and cons of different types of management

• The effects of seasons on the diet

• The structure and function of the digestive system

• Key nutrients in the horse’s diet

• Common ingredients and the nutrients they provide

• How to provide an appropriate ration

• How certain nutrients challenge gut health

• When and how to feed supplements

• How feed can affect behaviour

• The pros and cons of using grazing muzzles

• Causes and solutions for feeding-related behaviour problems

• Tips on providing feed in a more enriching way for better welfare

This course is aimed at horse owners, students and equestrian professionals interested in learning about horse nutrition. You don't need any prior knowledge about horse nutrition to take this course.

Once enrolled you have 60 days to complete the course.

Who is this course for?

  • HORSE OWNERS

  • EQUINE STUDENTS

  • EQUINE PROFESSIONALS

Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CEU)

  • Course Contents

    4 x individual video lessons and 1 x final quiz.

  • Course Duration

    2 Hours

  • CPD/CEU Certificate

    You can download a personalised CPD/CEU certificate after completing the quiz.

  • BHS and IAAT

    This course has been approved for CPD for British Horse Society (BHS) Accredited Coaches and for the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT). Download and email your CPD certificate to the organisation once you have completed the course.

  • KPA

    This course has been approved for 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the Karen Pryor Association (KPA). You will need to contact us for an event code, download your CPD certificate once you have completed the course and then email both code and certificate to the KPA.

  • IAABC

    This course has been approved for 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). You will need to request an IAABC CEU certificate directly from us, so please get in touch once you have completed the course and quiz.

COURSE REVIEWS

5 star rating

Lots of food for thought!

Kate Chandler

This course provided huge amounts of clearly explained information about the very confusing subject of feeding and its impact on the physical and psychologic...

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This course provided huge amounts of clearly explained information about the very confusing subject of feeding and its impact on the physical and psychological wellbeing of the horse. I learned a lot and got some good ideas for making feeding more satisfying and suitable for the horse's ethological needs.

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5 star rating

Very useful course!

Sarah Jackson

I'm struggling with my horse's weight and this has been hugely useful for me. Clear, well-presented information. Thank you

I'm struggling with my horse's weight and this has been hugely useful for me. Clear, well-presented information. Thank you

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Understand your horse's dietary needs and how you can improve their health and behaviour

Your Instructor

ROSA VERWIJS

Rosa is an IAABC Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant and registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council as an Accredited Animal Behaviourist. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Equine Behaviour and Nutrition at Writtle University College in Essex, where she leads the BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science degree. Rosa has experience working on studs and in racing, and now focuses her time on lecturing, behavioural research and consulting to try and promote a better understanding of natural equine behaviour and encourage horse owners and trainers to use more science-based, ethical training practices.

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