You will be introduced to many of the important aspects of conditioning the equine athlete in various disciplines. You will investigate topics which include base conditioning, aerobic and anaerobic exercise and recovery, monitoring of conditioning gains and prevention of health and performance problems and more. This course provides practical and updated information needed to ensure a safe and effective training program through applied scientific knowledge of exercise physiology.
Learning OutcomesAt the end of this course you will be able to:
- Perform a horse health check
- Safely carry out a daily conditioning workout using the knowledge gained from this course to prevent over-work.
- Design and monitor a year-round training program for a horse (using training principles, structuring the workout, monthly and yearly plans)
- Identify problems specific to the various disciplines and suggest appropriate prevention or actions
- Explain the scientific rationale for suggested practices based on an understanding of horse exercise physiology (the structure and function of the systems)
- Assess the advantages and disadvantages of new technology and alternate training venues or programs for the athletic horse
- Learning About Equine Exercise Physiology
- Movement and Muscle
- Where Does the Energy Come from?
- How Does the Energy Get to the Muscle?
- How Does the Muscle Get Oxygen? The Cardiorespiratory System
- Thermoregulation: Preventing Heat Stress in the Horse
- Whether it is better to excrete or recycle: That is the Question!
- How does my horse keep going and going? And how do I know when he’s tired?
- What Happens with Regular Exercise? Training Adaptations
- How do I Monitor the Changes?
- What Else is There? Nutritional guidelines and other assorted topics.
People interested in improving the results of performance horses including racing, endurance, roping, eventing and show horses.This course is also relevant to equine wellness practitioners such as Equine Massage Therapists.
This course is intended for adult learners, at least 18 years of age.
It is recommended Equine Science Certificate and Diploma in Equine Studies students complete Equine Functional Anatomy before the Equine Exercise Physiology course.
The course evaluation will include:
|Quizzes||30%||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.|
|Participation Assignment||20%||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.|
|Major Assignment||50%||The Training Journal submitted in four parts: Each week you will work on questions that encourage you to apply the physiology you are learning to the training of a horse OR In-depth independent research project on equine exercise physiology.|
Please note that you do not need access to a horse, or own your own horse to participate and be successful in this course.
Open Learning and Educational Support
We recommend you complete in Equine Functional Anatomy before this course.
You can expect to spend 6 - 10 hours per week to complete the course material, discussions and assignments.Plan to be on the course website three to five days per week to keep up-to-date and on schedule with weekly readings, activities, and class discussions.
You do not need to own a horse or have access to an equine facility to participate and be successful in this course.