- Know the differences in perception between the horse and the man
- Understand the equine behaviour as shaped by evolution and natural selection
- Recognize the main causes of equine abnormal behaviour to prevent or resolve it when present
- Know the basic principles of learning theory and training according to the discipline
- Know the basic elements of the main equestrian disciplines
- Know the different types of breeding and facilities in relation to the use of the horse
- Apply scientific knowledge to increase horse welfare and performance
Course contents summary
Elements of equine ethology in relation to the design of facilities and in relation to the management of horse breeding, training and employment: horse perception and communication, abnormal behaviour: causes, management and prevention. The basics of learning theory and training.
Exercise physiology basics. Training principles and feeding according to the disciplines.
Equestrian FEI and western disciplines: basic principles, regulations, tack, equipment, tracks, kind of horses.
Horse training theories (P. Karl, M. Roberts, P.Parelli)
Marlin D., Nankervis K. Equine exercise physiology. Blackwell Publishing
McGreevy P. Equine behavior. A guide for veterinarians and equine scientist. Saunders
Mills D., Nankervis K. Comportamento equino: principi e pratica. Calderini Edagricole
Classroom lectures and practical activity in stud barns, training and racecourse facilities
Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam with multiple choice answers and oral exam with questions to assess the acquired knowledge. Problems that may be found during breeding or in equestrian practice will be presented to the student and the problem solving skill will be evaluated. The ability of expression and the use of an appropriate terminology will be evaluated and considered in the attribution of the mark.