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  • Free Online Nutrition Course in January

    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.)

    Go to the course
    Pam's Pony Place

    Pam's Pony Ponderings

  • #2
    Hmmmm I started it last year but never finished. Thanks for posting.
    Missouri Fox Trotters-To ride one is to own one

    Standardbreds, so much more then a harness racing horse.

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    • #3
      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

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      • #4
        Is it the same one as offered previously?
        Kanoe Godby
        www.dyrkgodby.com
        See, I was raised by wolves and am really behind the 8-ball on diplomatic issue resolution.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CDE Driver View Post
          Is it the same one as offered previously?
          It appears to be the exact same syllabus, so I'm assuming yes. I don't know if any of the information has been updated, though.
          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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          • #6
            Thx for the post.

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            • #7
              This was a good course. Didn't take a ton of time, was informative, well worth the attention of anyone here.
              If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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              • #8
                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?

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                • #9
                  Thanks for sharing! I've been wanting to know more, and this seems like a good place to start.

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                  • #10
                    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.

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                      #11
                      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.)
                      Pam's Pony Place

                      Pam's Pony Ponderings

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                      • #12
                        I appreciate you posting this! Thank you!
                        My herd for life:
                        King: 21 year old Foxtrotter gelding
                        Ruais: 8 year old Friesian/Arabian mare
                        http://imgur.com/a/LSPiJ#0

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                        • #13
                          I remember her saying to soak that beet pulp; she was pretty adamant about it. A lot of people do things not recommended, I personally take the few minutes and wet down anything like that.

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