The University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) Veterinary School is offering a free Equine Nutrition course through Coursera again in January. Several of us COTHers took it last year and it was worth the time. It consists of lectures, quizzes and a final test and you can do as little or as much of the course as you'd like.
While it is still some time away, you can sign up now (make sure you pick the 2014 option.)
I took it last year. I enjoyed it. The material is on a pretty basic level and the time commitment is minimal (especially compared to some other MOOCs I've done through Coursera).
It sticks to the basics-- GI anatomy, selecting forage, basic nutritional needs of different working classes of horses. If you're already nutrition savvy, you're probably not going to walk away with tons of new knowledge. But I would still recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning.
Plus, you come away with a certificate, which is a nice perk.
Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO
I did this last time it was offered and really enjoyed it. It was fairly basic but I think information that all owners should make sure they are competent on/up to date with. It didn't take much time. Maybe...2-3 hours a week?
I took this course last time it was offered and thoroughly enjoyed it as a "refresher" of my undergrad days
Quick question though - does anyone else remember the reason why beet pulp was correlated with increased colic risk? I remember a comment made about not feeding it but for the life of me cannot dredge up the details.
BP is not correlated with increased colic risk. However, it can increase choke risk if not soaked. That said, lots of horses can eat shreds dry and be perfectly fine, as with so many things, depends on the horse.
BP is an awesome food: high in fiber and highly digestible, which is why horses gain weight on it, not because it's high in calories (because it isn't.)