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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Equine biomechanics is the understanding of the physical factors that influence a horse's ability to function or compete and why they develop lameness. This subject will cover the major causes of lameness affecting performance - repetitive stress orthopedic injuries, soft tissue injuries and blunt trauma. Students completing this subject will develop their understanding of some basic equine biomechanical locomotion parameters, equine muscle anatamoy, and develop approachs to reduce muscle injury.

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
ReadingsHorse anatomy: a coloring atlas, 2nd edn,PrescribedKainer, RO & McCracken, TO, 1998Alpine Publications, Colorado
ReadingsClinical anatomy and physiology for veterinary technicians, 3rd edn,RecommendedColville, TP & Bassert, JMElsevier, St Louis, MI

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and describe the function of major bones, joints and muscle groups of the horse using anatomical and lay terminologies

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02. Critically evaluate the key characteristics of a horse's gait, considering the biomechanics of movement and key areas of stress

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03. Relate muscle form to function using external landmarks and knowledge of underlying bones, joints and muscle groups.

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04. Produce an accurate anatomical resource by recording images and information of anatomical specimens

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