Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Outcomes assessed: 3  Review essay  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Outcomes assessed: All  50%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Examination, to cover all outcomes. 100%  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Describe the inheritance of Mendelian traits in the horse.

2. Discuss the relative importance of genotype and environment in the inheritance of metric traits.

3. Identify and discuss the biological, economic and practical constraints which influence the success of genetic improvement schemes in horse.

4. Evaluate scientific, practical, and ethical issues in the application of emergent technologies in cell genetics.

Brief description

This module considers the potential for genetic improvement of the horse for leisure and sport. Starting with an overview of the principles of Mendelian inheritance applied to coat colour, disease and polymorphisms suitable for parentage testing, this course advances to a discussion of the effects inbreeding and heterosis. The principles of quantitative genetics are outlined and their application to the improvement of horses for leisure, racing, jumping and dressage are discussed. Recent advances in molecular genetics and their application to horse improvement are considered.


This module aims to provide the student with:

An understanding of the principles of Mendelian and quantitative genetics and their application to the genetic improvement of the horse.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students' ability to communicate in writing will be developed and assessed by both assignment and examination.
Problem solving The assignment involves the solution of problems related to equine breeding programmes.

Reading List

General Text
Bowling AT and Ruvinsky A (2000) The genetics of the horse CABI Primo search Bowling, A T (1996) Horse Genertics CAB International Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7