Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 4 x 3 hour practicals during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissection-based assignment  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  60%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4  40%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to re-take the element(s) of assessment that resulted in failure of the module 

Learning Outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Impart an understanding of equine structure and its effect on movement.

Outcome 2
Impart an understanding of how the horse perceives its environment and the limitations this presents.

Outcome 3
Understand the structure and function of the equine head.

Outcome 4
To understand how and why the horse has evolved the characteristics of today's modern equid.

Brief description

To successfully manage horses at all levels it is essential to have an understanding of equine structure and function. In this module, equine gross anatomy, skeletal and muscular function and sensory perception will be investigated and related to man's demands upon the horse.


This course is designed to teach students how to:

Investigate the gross anatomy of the horse both in terms of morphology and function.
Investigate the functions of all the major body organs, including the superficial and deep muscle blocks, skeletal structures and functions, the foot, the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system, and the auditory and visual systems.
Recognise and identify the major anatomical structures and systems within the horse.
Relate and understand the function of the major anatomical structures and systems within the horse.

Reading List

Adams (1987) Lameness in the horse 4th Primo search Ashdown, R D (1987) Colour atlas of veterinary medicine Vol 2 The Horse Primo search Bone (1988) Animal anatomy and physiology 3rd Primo search Budras, Sack and Rock (1994) Anatomy of the horse Primo search Dyce, K M, Sack, W O and Wensing, C J G (1996) Textbook of veterinary anatomy 2nd W B Saunders Primo search Frandson, R D (1981) Anatomy and physiology of farm animals Lea and Febiger Primo search Goody, P C (1983) Hrse anatomy. A pictorial approach to equine structure J A Allen Primo search Pollitt, C C (1995) Colour atlas of the horse's foot Mosby-Wolfe Primo search Riegel, R J and Hakola S E (1996) Illustrated atlas of clinical equine anatomy and common disorders of the horse Primo search Sisson and Grossman (1975) The anatomy of the domestic animals 5th Primo search Smyth, R H and Goody, P C (1975) The horse structure and movement J A Allen & Co Ltd Primo search head series/hheadl02.html www/


This module is at CQFW Level 4