The majestic movement of the horse never fails to thrill horse lovers the world over. The ability of the horse to move and achieve such a variety of athletic feats is fascinating to watch. How does the horse do this? This course examines the components of the systems that enable these athletic achievements. It is a study of the functions of those components, and the anatomical structures that fulfill those functions. Students will learn the important anatomical structures and their function, view anatomy from the form vs. function approach and understand how feeding, movement and health of the horse is dependent on its anatomy.
Students interested in the structure and function of the horse, including riders, trainers, farriers, veterinary technicians, Equine massage therapists and other health care practitioners, coaches, photographers, artists and others.
By the completion of this course students will:
- Identify the important anatomical structures and their functions in the horse.
- Investigate and discuss how management decisions impact on the health and well-being of the horse from a “use vs. function” approach.
- Understand the feeding, movement and health of the horse as it is dependent on its anatomy.
- Learn terminology and concepts that will assist in discussing injuries and disease, should they occur, with a veterinarian.
- The Musculo-Skeletal System
- The Gastrointestinal Track
- The Respiratory System
- The Cardiovascular System
- Understanding the Gait of the Horse
- The Skin
- The Hoof
Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent, or at least 18 years of age.
It is recommended Equine Science Certificate students complete Functional Anatomy before the elective Exercise Physiology if selected. We recommend Diploma in Equine Studies students complete this course prior to Exercise Physiology.
|Participation||30%||Your grade is based on your participation in class discussions in response to class learning questions and your reflections on the information provided by other student postings. Guest Speakers are invited into the course to interact with students on specific topics; your participation is also graded on your contribution to questions posted to the guest speakers.|
|Online Quizzes||10%||There will be five online quizzes. Each quiz consists of a number of true or false statements and multiple-choice questions which cover the weekly unit material.|
|Minor Assignment||20%||In this assignment you will compare three feeding management scenarios with the evolutionary feeding strategy of the horse. .|
|Major Assignment||50%||The major assignment allows you to research an anatomy topic discussing the use of the horse and the consequences to horse anatomy. Saddle fitting, leg injuries, laminitis and horse shoes are some of the suggested topics you may explore in your research.|
Open Learning and Educational Support
Note:You do not need access to an equine facility to participate and be successful in this course.
View the upcoming course schedule at www.EquineStudiesOnline.ca/schedule.