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Module Code - Title:

EQ4014 - FOUNDATIONS OF EQUINE PERFORMANCE

Year Last Offered:

2021/2

Hours Per Week:

Lecture

2

Lab

3

Tutorial

0

Other

0

Private

0

Credits

6

Grading Type:

Prerequisite Modules:

Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

Syllabus:

Horse handling and management; methods of control and restraint, protocols for assessing and monitoring horse health, welfare status and fitness for use, use of lungeing on hard and soft surfaces and as an evaluation tool for lameness and respiratory assessment. Measuring physiological indicators; respiration, temperature, heart rate, hydration. Assessment and selection for performance; genotypic and phenotypic considerations, environmental and training contributions, cloning the sports horse, sales evaluation. Training; identification of efficient athletic technique, exercises to improve athletic performance, improving accuracy and power in athletic technique in the horse, use of jumping exercises to improve power and agility, establishing independent balance in the horse and rider.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to; Identify horse, rider and management based factors contributory to equestrian performance. Research and interpret competition specifications in equestrian sport. Understand the contributions of rider and trainer in promoting equine performance through selection, management and training. Explain the scientific principles of developing technique and fitness in the horse.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to; Discuss the welfare and ethical use of the horse for leisure, education, experimentation and drug production. Take personal responsibility for their own future cognitive, affective and psychomotor development and devise personal action plans to achieve their development goals.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to; Demonstrate skills in working horses both from the ground (in hand and on the lunge) and ridden on the flat and over fences.

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Harris, S (2000) Conformation for the Purpose , Shrewsbury, Swan Hill Press
Alliston, J (2006) Applying Equine research to Business , Nottingham University Press.

Other Relevant Texts:

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Module Leader:

Soraya.Morscher@ul.ie