Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other 1 x 4 hour visit/external talk
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment  60%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  40%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment  60%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Outcome 1
Understand the physiology of exercise.

Outcome 2
Investigate the selection and training of the equine athlete

Outcome 3
Recognise how the equine athlete can compete safely under differing conditions.

Brief description

An understanding of exercise physiology and the effects of training is central to the successful management of the performance horse. The development of appropriate fitness regimes with due regard for the adaptive responses required by different activities will go a long way to enabling a fulfilling competitive career with the minimum of injury.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students will develop skills in writing when preparing the assignment
Team work Practical classes will involve students working in groups when determining gait patterns.

Reading List

General Text
Frandson RD (1992) Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals Lea & Febiger Primo search Hodgson D R and Rose R J (1994) The athletic horse W B Saunders & Co Primo search Jones W E (1989) Equine sports medicine Lea and Febiger Primo search
Recommended Text
Back, W and Clayton, H M (2001) Equine locomotion W B Saunders Primo search Clayton, H (1991) Conditioning sport horses Sport Horse Publications Primo search Hodgson, D R and Rose, R J (1994) The athletic horse W B Saunders Primo search Loving, N S and Johnston, A M (1995) Veterinary manual for the performance horse Blackwell Science Primo search Marlin, D J and Nankervis, K (2002) Equine exercise physiology Blackwell Science Primo search McArdle, W D, Katch, F I and Katch, V I (2000) Essentials of exercise physiology 2nd edition Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins Primo search Persson, S G B, Lindholm, A and Jeffcott, L B (1991) Equine exercise physiology III ICEEP Publications Primo search Powers, S K and Howley, E T (2001) Exercise physiology. Theory and application to fitness and performance 4th McGraw-Hill Primo search Wilmore, J H and Costill, D L (1999) Physiology of sport and exercise 2nd Human Kinetics Primo search Robinson, N E (1995) Equine Veterinary Journal Supplement Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology 18 Primo search Jeffcott, L B (1999) Equine Veterinary Journal Supplement Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology 30 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4