Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces basic riding skills and includes practical use and fitting of tack and safety equipment and the safe and appropriate bite handling of horses. Key topics include the principles underpinning correct riding, correctly fitting tack and protective gear for horse and rider, application of the principles of riding, and practical experience and welfare issues in saddling a horse for riding.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions The student is expected to work with live animals. All use of animals is regulated through the Scientific Procedures Licence and The Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHorse sense: The guide to horse care in Australia and New Zealand,RecommendedHuntington, P, Myers, J & Owens, E 2004CSIRO, Collingwood, VIC
ReadingsSaunders comprehensive veterinary dictionary, 4th edn,RecommendedStuddert, V, Gay, C & Blood, D 2012Elsevier Health Sciences
ReadingsHorse and stable managementRecommendedBrown, J, Pilliner, S, & Davies, Z 2003Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge and applcation of horse riding biomechanics

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

02. Demonstrate the principles of correct forward movements with appropriate contact, flexion and bend during paces and transitions, and demonstrate knowledge of arena traffic rules.

Lectures and practicals

03. Apply appropriate warm-up and cool-down procedures.


04. Demonstrate a capacity for self- analysis of riding performance.

Lectures and practicals and tutorials

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Seven 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"7 x 2 hour lecture Classes per study period. (Semester)"

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Six 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"6 x 3 hour practical Classes per study period. (Semester) Held at Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic, Eden Park)"

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Reflective journal on riding practice (1000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Individual Presentation (10 minutes, 500 words)15 03
Biomechanics Report (1200 words)30 01
Written exam (1.5 hours, 1500 words)25 01, 02, 03, 04