Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is an introduction to the equine industry, its structure, operations and business models. It describes the scope and components of the equine industry and identifies the attributes of a range of equine enterprises. Students will be introduced to the safe work practices necessary when working with horses and equine equipment within the industry, especially when handling horses and managing animals. The subject develops students' knowledge to identify the healthy horse, resources to maintain health and commonly used feed stuffs. Recognition and practice in the use of equipment used in the equine sector is undertaken in workshops. Students will develop specialised skills in planning for horse husbandry undertaken by equine specialists including farriers and dentists. In this subject, students will gain experience working with live animals.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or requires Subject Coordinator approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is taught at the Epping campus of Melbourne Polytechnic. The student is expected to work with live animals. All use of animals is regulated through the Scientific Procedures License 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 ZealandPrescribedHuntington, P, Myers, J & Owens, E 2004CSIRO, COLLINGWOOD, VIC.
ReadingsHorse and stable managementRecommendedBrown, J, Pilliner, S & Davies, Z 2003BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, OXFORD.
ReadingsSaunders comprehensive veterinary dictionaryRecommendedStuddert, V, Gay, C & Blood, D 20124TH EDN, ELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES, LONDON
ReadingsRacing Australia fact bookRecommendedRacing Australia Published annually. AUSTRALIA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe the scope and components of the equine industry and identify the enterprises..

Lectures and Tutorials

02. Apply Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S )and safe work practices for the equine industry.

Lectures and practicals

03. Identify the healthy horse, and resources to maintain health.

Lectures, tutorials and Ppracticals

04. Recognise and demonstrate use of equine equipment.

Lectures and spracticals

05. Identify commonly used feedstuffs, feeding rates and factors affecting correct feeding.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

06. Plan and implement hoof care and dental work for a group of horses from the perspective of industry standards and welfare.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Delivered as either face-to-face or as a prerecorded lecture"

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 3.0 hours practical per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Practical at Melbourne Polytechnic's Equine Facilities or other suitable equine facilities"

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.
"Delivered as self-directed learning reading material or online tasks"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One report (2,250-words)Select a horse breed for stud and stable. Identify and describe the husbandry requirement inc. farriery and dentistry and feeding requirements in order to maintain healthy horses.50 01, 03, 05, 06
One 45 minutes Practicum examination (1,000-words equivalent)Practicum examination during exam weeks20 02, 03, 04
One 15 minutes Online quiz (300-words equivalent)Multiple choice and/or short answer quiz conducted online10 01, 03, 04, 06
One 15 minutes Oral presentation (750-words equivalent)Select a horse breed, identify the specific equipment used for purpose on the breed and associated OH&S and welfare.20 01, 02, 04