EQUINE LOCOMOTION AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

AGR2ELP

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces basic inheritance and genetics for athleticism, and equine biomechanical locomotion parameters in the horse. Knowledge of the physiological and biochemical processes involved in exercise and athletic conditioning and the effects on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems are also examined. An understanding of the limiting physiological processes in the equine athlete will be utilised to examine the major consequences of exercise, which go beyond a horses ability to maintain homeostasis.

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 or requires Subject Coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

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

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe athletic horse: principles and practice of equine sports medicinePrescribedHodgson, DR, McKeever, KH & McGowan, CM (eds.) 20142ND EDN, SAUNDERS ELSEVIER, ST LOUIS, MISSOURI.
ReadingsEquine locomotionRecommendedBack, W & Clayton, H 20132ND EDN, ELSEVIER, ST LOUIS, MI.
ReadingsThe athletic horse: building on strengths, overcoming weaknessesRecommendedBecker, H 2010CADMOS VERIAG, UK.
ReadingsBiomechanics and physical training of the horseRecommendedDenoix, J 2014CRC PRESS, BOCA RATON.
ReadingsThe Genetics of the HorseRecommendedBowling, A & Ruvinsky, A (eds.) 2000CABI, Wallingford
ReadingsEquine sports medicine and surgery: basic clinical sciences of the equine athleteRecommendedHinchcliff, KW, Kaneps, AJ & Geor, RJ (eds.) 20142ND EDN, SAUNDERS ELSEVIER, EDINBURGH, UK.
ReadingsEquine exercise physiology : the science of exercise in the athletic horseRecommendedHinchcliff, KW, Geor, RJ & Kaneps, AJ (eds.) 2008SAUNDERS/ELSEVIER, EDINBURGH.
ReadingsFitness evaluation of the horseRecommendedHourdebaigt, J 2008WILEY, HOBOKEN, NJ.
ReadingsEquitation scienceRecommendedMcGreevy, PD & McLean, AN 2010WILEY-BLACKWELL, CHICHESTER
ReadingsThe horse in motion: the anatomy and physiology of equine locomotionRecommendedPilliner, S, Elmhurst, S & Davies, Z 2002BLACKWELL SCIENCE, OXFORD, UK.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss the basis of inheritance and genetics for athleticism.

Activities:
Lectures will be used to deliver theoretical knowledge and provide relevant examples; tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to undertake self-directed learning and/or apply knowledge through problem solving activities; practical will provide students with work integrated learning opportunities to further develop equine industry skills.

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

Activities:
Lectures will be used to deliver theoretical knowledge and provide relevant examples; tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to undertake self-directed learning and/or apply knowledge through problem solving activities; practical will provide students with work integrated learning opportunities to further develop equine industry skills.

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

Activities:
Lectures will be used to deliver theoretical knowledge and provide relevant examples; tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to undertake self-directed learning and/or apply knowledge through problem solving activities; practical will provide students with work integrated learning opportunities to further develop equine industry skills.

04. Differentiate the key physiological and biochemical aspects of the equine response to exercise and training.

Activities:
Lectures will be used to deliver theoretical knowledge and provide relevant examples; tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to undertake self-directed learning and/or apply knowledge through problem solving activities; practical will provide students with work integrated learning opportunities to further develop equine industry skills.

05. Identify performance limiting physiological processes in the equine athlete.

Activities:
Lectures will be used to deliver theoretical knowledge and provide relevant examples; tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to undertake self-directed learning and/or apply knowledge through problem solving activities; practical will provide students with work integrated learning opportunities to further develop equine industry skills.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

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 online lecture"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class 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"

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. Classes will be capped at 20 students. Where enrolments exceed 20, extra classes will be delivered"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Six online quizzes (1,200-words equivalent total)Each quiz is of equal value (equivalent to 200 words), one quiz every 2 weeks.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 1800-word practical reportBased on live horse practical classes40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 1.5-hour written examination (equivalent to 1500 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05