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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

The purpose of this module is provide the students with the basic understanding of horsemanship, a foundation level of knowledge and practical skill in working with the horse in a safe manner, to highest industry standards.


Safety around the horse in all working environments; health and safety legislation, best safety practice, individual responsibility for recognising and minimising risk, equine behavioural bases of established safety practice. Gaits and movement; analysis of basic gaits, effect of equipment and the rider on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of movement. Horse management; basic methods of management for horses stabled, at grass and at competition, simple health indicators. Tack and equipment; recognition and application of simple commonly used items, principles of design and function, physiological and psychological effect on the horse. Rider/trainer capacities; proprioception, communication, simple work from the ground and ridden, simple methodologies of horse training.

Learning Outcomes:

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

On successful completion of this module student should be able to; Recognise basic equine behaviours and explain their relevance. Recognise and describe simple equine gaits and their quantitative and qualitative characteristics. Identify commonly used items of equestrian equipment.Demonstrate the use of common equestrian equipment. Explain the function and use of safety equipment and identify obvious hazards in the learning or working environment. Use simple anatomical descriptors and their colloquial equivalents accurately.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

On successful completion of this module student should be able to; Identify personal development priorities in horsemanship. Recognise simple ethical implications of using the horse. Take personal responsibility for safe practice and procedures in the learning environment.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

On successful completion of this module student should be able to; Execute early levels of the scales of training on and off horse under supervision. Handle horses for routine industry operations in restricted and supervised conditions. Demonstrate fundamental motor and proprioceptive skills in ridden work with the horse.

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

The module is delivered by a combination of lecture and horse-based laboratory sessions. The module content is continuously revised and recent developments from equitation science, animal science, animal behaviour and animal physiology are included in the discussions and presentations. Students collaborate in group laboratory assignments and presentations directed towards improving their knowledge, team-building and presentation skills. Students are also required to do a significant amount of library research to improve their subject knowledge and journal reports, which improve communication skills, form an important part of the overall module assessment.

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

Prime Texts:

Print, P (2011) The BHS Complete Manual of Equitation: The Training of Horse and Rider , Shrewsbury: Kenilworth Press
Houghton-Brown, J. Pilliner, S. Davies, Z. (2003) Horse and Stable Management , Oxford: Blackwell Science

Other Relevant Texts:

Budiansky, S. (1997) The Nature of Horses: Their Evolution, Intelligence and Behaviour , New York: The Free Press

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