Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces rider biomechanics, basic riding skills and safety during horse handling when other people and horses are involved. Key topics include the principles underpinning correct riding, selection of suitable grooming equipment, selection and fitting of tack and selection and fitting of personal protective equipment. Application of the principles of horse welfare through warm-up and cool-down is undertaken during practical riding exercises.


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
ReadingsEquine biomechanics for riders: The key to balanced ridingRecommendedBlignault, K 2009JA Allen, London.
ReadingsThe principles of riding: German National Equestrian FederationRecommended2006Quiller Publishing, London.
ReadingsThe ultimate book of horse bits: what they are, what they do, and how they workRecommendedEsterton, E 2010Skyhorse Publications, New York, NY
ReadingsHorse tack bibleRecommendedHenderson, C 2009David & Charles, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge and application of horse riding biomechanics

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

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

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

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

Tutorials and practicals

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

Lectures, practicals and tutorials

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Week 29-43, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 29 - 42
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
"12 x 2 hour lecture Classes per study period. (Semester)"

Practical Week: 29 - 42
Ten 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
"10 x 3 hour practical Classes per study period. (Semester) Held at Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic, Eden Park) or property with which Melbourne Polytechnic have an MOU"

Tutorial Week: 29 - 42
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 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