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The course evaluation is open between 2022-05-29 and 2022-06-19

Additional course evaluations for HV0177

Academic year 2020/2021

Horse nutrition (HV0177-30133) 2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Horse nutrition (HV0177-30222) 2020-01-20 - 2020-06-07

HV0177 Horse nutrition, 7.5 Credits

Hästens utfodring

Syllabus approved



Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Biology 2, Biology B


The course gives the student basic knowledge on feeding and nutrition of horses. After the course, the student should know how to:
- generally describe digestion, nutritional requirements and feed searching behaviour in horses,
- generally describe the most common feeds and their production, nutritional value and use within horse management,
- calculate well adapted feed rations for different horse categories,
- discuss different feeding strategies and how they affect horse behaviour, health, nutrition and performance, and the general influence on sustainability and environment.


The course contains general information about horse nutrition and feeding. Basic information in equine digestion and nutrition physiology is included in the course. Part of the course contains information about production, nutrient content and use of different feedstuffs for horses. Knowledge in these subjects is then discussed in feed ration calculations and feeding recommendations for horses. Different feeding strategies and how they may affect equine health, performance and welfare as well as sustainability and environment in horse management is also included in the course.

An individual project is included which provides the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge further within specific areas of the objectives. The course contains e.g. assignments to be handed in, recorded lectures and mandatory participation in exercises, as well as a home exam.
Scientific methodology within the objectives is briefly discussed in the course.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examination, passed project work, passed assignments as well as approved participation in compulsory components.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Students are expected to have good general knowledge in horse management in practice.

The course is provided fully online and as a distance course at 25 % of full time (10 hours per week). The course is built on a high degree of self-study and comprise reading of literature, answering and handing in assignments and participating in scheduled exercises online. All communication takes place via the course webpage and e-mail.

The course webpage contains all information about the course and is used for following the entire course. The student needs to have access to a computer with internet connection to be able to follow the course. Teaching and examination is performed entirely online by use of the web-based learning platform.

Literature in English can be included in the course.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
Replaces: HV0016, HV0062, HV0083, HV0142, HV0147

Lärandemål 1

Lärandemål 2

Lärandemål 3

Lärandemål 4

Lärandemål 5

Övergripande beskriva hästens digestion, näringsbehov och födosöksbeteende.

Övergripande beskriva de vanligast förekommande fodermedlens produktion, näringsvärde och användbarhet inom hästhållningen.

Kunna beräkna välanpassade foderstater till olika hästkategorier.

Diskutera olika utfodringsstrategier och hur de påverkar hästens beteende, hälsa, näringsförsörjning och prestation.

Diskutera hur olika utfodringsstrategier översiktligt inverkar på hållbarhet och miljö.


Inlämningsuppgifter, quizz, tentamen.

Inlämningsuppgifter, quizz, tentamen.

Inlämningsuppgifter och tentamen.

Inlämningsuppgifter, tentamen.

Inlämningsuppgifter, tentamen.



Enligt lärandemål och examination.

Enligt lärandemål och examination.

Enligt lärandemål och examination.

Enligt lärandemål och examination.

Enligt lärandemål och examination.

1) All litteratur finns tillgänglig på kursens hemsida.
Comments: All litteratur finns tillgänglig på kursens hemsida. Ingen kurslitteratur behöver köpas.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: HV0177 Application code: SLU-30266 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Animal Nutrition and Management Pace: 25%