Course curriculum

The modern domesticated horse lives a life far removed from their wild ancestors, in terms of behaviour, environment, and their diet: including the types of feed they have access to, and the times and ways in which they are able to feed. Commercial horse feeds often contain waste products and by-products from the human feed industry: an environmentally sustainable way of repurposing waste products, yes, but how appropriate are these? Are they harmful? Are they the best choice for our domesticated equines? And this is the crux of the matter: choice. Humans are in total control of what the domesticated horse eats: how do we get it right? In a world of clever advertising, pseudo science, social media "experts", and fashionable feeding fads, can we make the best choices? What implications does this have for the health and wellbeing of the horse? There are many diseases affecting the modern domesticated horse to epidemic proportions; between 65% and 100% of horses are affected by gastric ulcers –intense exercise regimes and high starch diets exacerbate the risk. Colic and Laminitis are the biggest killers of the domestic horse by far – both of these potentially life-threatening conditions are intrinsically linked too the diet and feeding practices. This webinar will explore the question of whether the way we are feeding the modern domesticated horse is conducive to optimum health and welfare.

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