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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module provides the student with an understanding of the nature and scope of the horse industry, both national and international.


Topics covered on this course include aspects related to: The Irish Horse Industry, the UK Horse Industry, The Horse Industry in Europe, US and Australia; comparative analysis of nature, size, economic importance, policies, supports, regulations, organisations, education and training of personnel. Safety, health and welfare within the horse industry; legislation. Horse welfare; issues and legislation. The statutory and regulatory organisations that operate, control and administer the horse industry. Ancillary industries; horse feed industry, transportation, tourism. Racecourse management. Aspects of breeding and training racehorses and sport horses.

Learning Outcomes:

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

On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Develop an appreciation of the horse industry both national and international. Appreciate the range and functions of the statutory and regulatory organisations associated with the horse industry. Understand the economics of the Industry.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Appreciate the scope of the horse industry both nationally and internationally

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)


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

The module is taught using a combination of lectures, visiting lectures representing professions within the industry and field visits. Recent research findings and other relevant data pertinent to the various module topics will be presented where appropriate. The module will allow students to be knowledgeable in all aspects related to the national and international horse industry. Meeting with industry professionals will enable students become articulate and proactive is establishing industry contacts.

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

Prime Texts:

Quinn, K. and Hennessy, K (2007) Profile of the Irish Sport Horse Industry , University College Dublin
Indecon Report (2004) An assessment of the economic contribution of the thoroughbred breeding and horse racing industry , Indecon International Economic Consultants
Indecon Report (2012) Review of Certain Aspects of the Irish Horse Racing Industry-Final Report , Indecon International Economic Consultants
Dukes, A. (2009) An Analysis of the Economic impact of the Irish Thoroughbred Horse Industry , Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association
Fahy A., Corbally, A. Quinn Brady, K. (2013) Economic Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy , University College Dublin

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