VirtualApprentice2070
Nutrition & Health
You will complete TWO topics on this inquiry page. Scroll down to find each topic and the learning resources you will use. Keep track of the Need to Do tasks for each topic in your Equine1 2070 Learning checklist.
How should your horse’s nutrition and health be monitored?

All horses require regular and consistent observation, monitoring and care. Horse handlers and owners should be familiar with a horse’s normal behaviours and requirements. You will assess vital signs, describe appropriate care of an ill horse and demonstrate ability to care for wounds. You will also demonstrate your understanding of horse feeding practices and scheduling.

Know how to care for your horse's health
Responsible horse ownership involves a solid understanding of your horse’s needs as well as the development of the skills required to meet those needs. Why is it important to understand and monitor your horse’s overall health on a daily basis?

Need To Know
need to know Review how to monitor a horse’s vital signs in this Need to Know card.
About a horse’s vital signs
need to do Find information on caring for horses with allergies and injuries.
How to manage horse allergies & injuries
need to do Get information on caring for leg wounds in this Need to Know card.
How to care for wounds
need to do Find out about common diseases.
How to deal with disease
need to do Watch this video to find out how to monitor a horse’s health on a regular basis.
Monitoring a horse’s health
need to do Watch this video to find out more about dealing with leg wounds.
Caring for a leg wound
Need To Do
Introduction Monitor your horse’s vital signs.
Monitor vital signs
Introduction Create a pocket guide to signs and symptoms as well as treatment and prevention strategies for two different wounds or illnesses.
Assess wounds & illness
Introduction Demonstrate how to bandage a leg wound.
Care for wounds
Introduction Use these graphic organizers to help you complete the learning tasks.
Triple T-Chart |  Fishbone Chart |  Storyboard
Introduction When you are finished the learning tasks, respond to the reflection question.
Reflect Four
weblinks

These weblinks will help you complete the learning tasks.

Find out more about vital signs and indicators of general health in “Health,” 4-H Horse Project Manual: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/4h7933/$FILE/k_health.pdf

Find out more in Equine Veterinary Horse Ailments on The Equestrian and Horse website.
www.equestrianandhorse.com/care/veterinary/ailment-intros.html

Check the links on Horse Health Information and Equine Care for additional information on allergies and injuries.  
www.horses-and-horse-information.com/horsehealth.shtml


Read Equine Dermatology: Everything you wanted to know (and more) about skin.  
www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ceh/docs/horsereport/pubs-HR24-1-bkm-sec.pdf


Check questions and answers related to wound care in Ask the Vet from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
www.aaep.org/info/askthevet

Find out more about colic by reading Turnout and Colic in Horses. www.discoverhorses.com/all-about-horses/horse-care/feeding/turnout-and-colic-in-horses/

Read Preventing Fall and Winter Colic.
www.discoverhorses.com/all-about-horses/horse-care/preventing-fall-and-winter-colic/

Get more information in Laminitis and Founder on the Alberta SPCA website. www.albertaspca.org/welfare-care/Horse_Care/laminitis.html

Consider the information on monitoring a horse’s health in The Horse Health Check.  
www.equineguelph.ca/pdf/facts/Horse_Health_Check_description.pdf

Know how to feed your horse
All horse owners have a responsibility to make sure that their horses are properly fed. A horse’s attitude, eating habits, weight and condition should be monitored to ensure that it is receiving the nutrition it needs. What are three most important aspects for any feeding schedule?

Need To Know
need to know Get information on horse nutrition.
How to feed a horse
need to do Find out about best practices for feeding a horse.
How to schedule feeding
need to do Watch this video to explore factors that affect feed decisions for horses.
Feeding a horse
Need To Do
Introduction Analyze three different feeding tips.
Identify feeding practices
Introduction Demonstrate appropriate feeding practices in a typical day and show how feed is adjusted for different types of activity or work levels.
Apply feeding practices
Introduction Use this graphic organizer to help you complete the learning tasks.
Storyboard
Introduction When you are finished the learning tasks, respond to the reflection question.
Reflect Five
weblinks These weblinks will help you complete the learning tasks.

Explore practices for winter water in Quench Your Horse’s Winter Thirst from discoverhorses.com.
www.discoverhorses.com/all-about-horses/horse-care/quench-your-horses-winter-thirst-2/

Read the information in Horse Nutrition and Feeding Management: Feeding Tips for Healthy Horses from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/hrs9803

Find more information about nutrition and feeding in the “Feed” chapter of the
4-H Horse Project Manual from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/4h7933/$FILE/j_feed.pdf

Find more detailed information on feed and feeding in Basics of Feeding Horses: What to Feed and Why from the University of Nebraska.
http://ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/g1875/build/g1875.pdf