Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissection-based coursework  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4  60%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be re-take the element(s) of assesment that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

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

2. Understand and describe how the horse perceives its environment and the limitations this presents

3. Understand the structure and function of the equine head

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

Brief description

This module is the foundation block for later studies into equine exercise physiology, focussing on equine gross anatomy, skeletal and muscular function and sensory perception of the horse.


This course is designed 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. Volume 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 & Febiger Primo search Goody, P C (1983) Horse anatomy. A pictorial appraoch 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 http://numbat.murdoch/ head series/hheadl02/html


This module is at CQFW Level 4