APPLIED EQUINE BEHAVIOUR AND PRACTICES

AGR2AEP

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject consolidates safe horse husbandry practices together with the recognition of equine behaviour and body language. Students will be acquainted with the ethology of equids and the practical use of equine equipment from a management and welfare prospective. Recognising signs of pain and distress will form the basis of analysing simple behavioural problems from which training approaches can be developed to overcome the problem.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or requires Subject Coordinator approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis 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 Licence and The Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Practical classes may be held at a number of different properties, some owned by Melbourne Polytechnic and others covered by Memorandums of Understanding with Melbourne Polytechnic. Practical classes may also include site visits to suitable industry enterprises. Students will need to make their own way to the practical sites at their own cost. Students should also be aware that practical classes in this subject form part of the assessment.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Academic horse training: equitation science in practice

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMcLean, A & McLean, M

Year2008

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAUSTRALIAN EQUINE BEHAVIOUR CENTRE, CLONBINANE, VIC

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Horse sense: The guide to horse care in Australia and New Zealand

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHuntington, P, Myers, J & Owens, E

Year2004

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO, COLLINGWOOD, VIC

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Equitation science

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMcGreevy, PD & McLean, AN

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherWILEY-BLACKWELL, CHICHESTER

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Equine behaviour: a guide for veterinarians and equine scientists

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMcGreevy, P

Year2012

Edition/Volume2ND REV EDN

PublisherELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The domestic horse: the origins, development, and management of its behaviour

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMills, D & McDonnell, S

Year2005

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Horse and stable management

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBrown, J, Pilliner, S, & Davies, Z

Year2003

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherBLACKWELL PUBLISHING, OXFORD.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Saunders comprehensive veterinary dictionary

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorStuddert, V, Gay, C & Blood, D

Year2012

Edition/Volume4TH EDN

PublisherELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Learning and behaviour

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorChance, P

Year2013

Edition/Volume7TH EDN

PublisherCENGAGE LEARNING, BELMONT, CA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Carrots and sticks: principles of animal training

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMcGreevy, P & Boakes, R

Year2011

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherDARLINGTON PRESS, SYDNEY, NSW

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply the concepts of equitation science to safe performance of horse husbandry practice.
02. Discuss the natural behaviour (ethology of equids and the adaptation process to domestication.
03. Analyse equine behaviour and body language including signs of pain and distress in the horse.
04. Evaluate equine equipment function from an animal welfare perspective.
05. Analyse simple behavioural problems and develop training management approaches.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 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 pre-recorded online lecture

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
Twelve 3.00 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

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Delivered as self-directed learning reading material or online tasks

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 15-min individual presentation (equivalent to 750 words). Domestication and associated problems are managed through the development of a training program.

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo15 SILO2, SILO5

Report (1,750 words). The use of equitation science in the safe performance of husbandry techniques is applied in the recognition of equine behaviour when signs of pain and distress are noticeable. Equine equipment and its effect on behaviour and welfare are addressed.

N/AReportIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Practical examination (2 hours, equivalent to 2,000 words)

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3