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 end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- 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;
- Recognize the feeding, movement and health of the horse as it is dependent on its anatomy; and
- Describe the terminology and concepts that will assist in discussing injuries and disease, should they occur, with a veterinarian.
- The Gastrointestinal Track
- The Respiratory System
- The Cardiovascular System
- The Musculo-Skeletal System
- Understanding the Gait of the Horse
- The Skin
- The Hoof
This course is intended for adult learners. Students must either be 18 years of age or have completed Grade 12 or equivalent, in order to register.
|Unit Quizzes (5 x 2%)||10%|
|Minor Written Assignments (1 x 10% + 2 x 15%)||40%|
|Final Written Assignment||50%|
Open Learning and Educational Support
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 at least three to five times per week to keep up-to-date and on schedule with weekly readings, activities, and class discussion.
You do not need to own a horse or have access to an equine facility to participate and be successful in this course.