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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:


Developmental exercises; leg yield, shoulder in, travers, renvers, half pass, sequence bounces, stride adjustment and distance tests, showjumping and dressage exercises for the racehorse, maintaining willingness in the horse in high level training. Analysis of performance requirements; rules of sports and racing disciplines, test definitions and influence on training and outcome, development, implementation and evaluation of training plans for technique and fitness, long term equine development models, comparison of Irish and international horse development and assessment models. Equipment and technology; use of pressure measurement devices to evaluate saddle fitting, use of 2D motion analysis of technique and movement on the flat and over fences.

Learning Outcomes:

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

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to; Identify anatomical, adaptive, physiological and psychological performance demands across sports and racing disciplines at performance level. Assess, analyse and evaluate training needs relative to the demands of competition and climatic conditions. Research and evaluate novel solutions in performance equestrian training. Design fitness and training regimes to meet set performance requirements suitable for various horses.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to; Express a sophisticated understanding of factors influencing welfare of the performance horse. Transfer learning to a range of equestrian disciplines.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to; Demonstrate clear method in training and assessing complex movement in the performance horse. Demonstrate motor and proprioceptive skill suitable for training and developing complex movement in the horse. Design and build a showjumping course. Demonstrate use of technology and equipment in assessing and developing performance horses.

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:

Vogel, C (2000) The Complete Performance Horse: Feeding, Fitness, Lameness, Preventive Medicine , Newton Abbot, David and Charles.
Scanlon, J. (2000) Always Trying: Mark Johnston, a Trainers Year , Portway
Heuschman, G. (2004) Tug of War: Classical Versus "Modern" Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect Riding Negatively Affects Horses Health. , Robert Hale.

Other Relevant Texts:

Smith, R. (1990) Vincent OBrien: The Master of Ballydoyle , Virgin Books.

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