Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides a thorough understanding of horse behaviour and welfare during training (Equitation science) and equips stundets with the practical handling skills required to manage horses in a safe and effective manner. The subject also explores the influence of horse husbandry on equine behaviour.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE and have passed AGR1AEP


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
ReadingsEquitation scienceRecommendedMcGreevy, PD & McLean, AN 2010Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
ReadingsAcademic horse training: equitation science in practice,RecommendedMcLean, A & McLean, M 2008,Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, Clonbinane, VIC.
ReadingsLearning and behaviour, 7th ednRecommendedChance, P 2013Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.
ReadingsCarrots and sticks: principles of animal trainingRecommendedMcGreevy, P & Boakes, R 2011Darlington Press, Sydney, NSW.
ReadingsEquine behaviour: a guide for veterinarians and equine scientists, 2nd revised ednRecommendedMcGreevy, P 2012Elsevier Health Sciences, London.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognise the natural behaviour (ethology) of equids and the adaptation to domestication.

Lectures and practicals

02. Recognise changes in equine behaviour and body language and describe the consequences for equine welfare and management.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

03. Analyse simple behavioural problems and develop apporiate remediation training approaches.


04. Explain how learning theory is applied to the training of the horse.

Practicals and tutorials

05. Apply and reflect on the use of proven training principles when working with horses and people.

Practicals and tutorials

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Eight 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"8 x 2 hour lectures Classes per study period. (Semester)"

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Four 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"4 x 3 hour practical Classes per study period. (Semester) Held at Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic, Eden Park)"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
On-line quizzes (1000 words equivalence)Weekly quizzes25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory/practical reports (3 reports, 750 words each, 2250 words total)45 01, 02, 03, 04
Written exam (1.5 hours, 1500 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05