Module Identifier RS32120  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   28 Hours 2-day conference at Gregynog (approx 6 x 2-hour sessions); 16 x 1 hour Genetics lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   12 Hours Seminar presentations by students  
  Practical   9 Hours 3 x 3 hours Genetics practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment SEMINAR PRESENTATION  50%
Semester Assessment ESSAY  50%
Supplementary Assessment ESSAY  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Explain the value of different exercise regimes to develop the musculo-skeletal and respiratory systems for horses engaged in a wide range of activities.

2. Understand how the detrimental effects of concussive forces on the locomotory system are assessed and know how to reduce these forces within a given fittening programme.

3. Explain the value of recent developments in equine performance testing

4. Discuss the process of and value to performance horse owners of equine gait analysis.

5. Evaluate the latest research in equine performance physiology and is application in the field.

Brief description

This module will be run as a combination of lectures given by visiting speakers who are experts in the field of performance physiology, and student- led seminars. The visiting lecturers cover advanced biomechanics, musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular and pulmonary response to exercise, and new methods of performance testing for equine athletes. The lectures are delivered at Gregynog over two days and include some seminar sessions in the evenings. The student-led seminars will involve students choosing a topic of interest and presenting a 20-minute paper, followed by a discussion session.


Topics covered will include:

Recent developments in equine biomechanics
Limitations of the musculo-skeletal system to exercise.
Physiochemical muscle buffers in elite equine athletes
Limitations to equine pulmonary function during exercise
Methods for assessing performance potential in horses.


This module is at CQFW Level 6