MORPHOFUNCTIONAL EVALUATION AND SIGNALING OF EQUINES
Learning outcomes of the course unit
This unit has been designed to provide the means for correctly compiling a horse identification report: morphofunctional evaluation; identification of good points and defects in terms of the type, breed and aptitude; evaluation of plumb-lines and gaits; age determination.
Knowledge of horse anatomy required.
Course contents summary
Identification and reporting of horses
- Characteristics of the coat, origin of pigment and colour definition
- Phenotypic classification of coats
- Genetic basis of horse coats
- Distinguishing marks and their use in reporting
- Other identification-related criteria:
Blood types, DNA, Microchip
Morphofunctional, constitutional and aptitude elements in horses; criteria and scope of morphofunctional evaluation; definition of good points, defects and flaws in relation to the aptitude type and standards of the breed; synthetic and linear evaluation; areas of the bodies: basic anatomy, good points, defects and flaws; proportions and morphological indexes; elements of animal mechanics; evaluation of plumb-lines and gaits.
D. P. S. Sponenberg “Equine color genetics” (second edition) Iowa State Press
"Valutazione morfo-funzionale del cavallo" A.L.Catalano Ed SBM 1993