Module Identifier RD28410  
Module Title EQUITATION  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Carol A Green  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite BHS Stage III Riding or agreed equivalent competitive work experience ascertained by a test ride.  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour lecture per week  
  Practical   1 x 2 hour practical session per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Performance assignment Outcomes Assessed: 1  30%
Semester Exam3 Hours Practical examination and seminar Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3.  70%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates must re-take the element(s) of assessment that led to failing the module  100%

Learning outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Choose a horse for a particular aspect of work e.g dressage, show jumping.
Performance criteria:
a. The relevant aspects of conformation are related to performance capability.
b. The breed and type of the horse are considered with relation to work.
c. The age, sex, size, and temperament are considered.
Skeletal conformation, muscle development, lameness assessments, paces.
Cross breeds, pure breds.
Young, old horses, mares, gelding, stallions.

Outcome 2
Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of one aspect of the horse's training.
Performance criteria
a. Initial backing of a horse if required.
b. Initial basic schooling is demonstrated.
c. Lateral work is explained.
d. Pole and grid work is explained and demonstrated.
e. Knowledge of competition requirements.
Lungeing, long-reining, back introduction, backing, riding away.
Transitions, use of neck straps, long and low work, introducing roads.
Leg yielding, turn on the forehand, pirouettes, shoulder-in, half-pass.
Distances, gymnastic jumping, course building.

Outcome 3
Demonstrate a knowledge of how the rider can be improved by appropriate teaching and guidance.   
Performance criteria
a. The rider's position is explained and demonstrated - jumping and flat.
b. Lungeing the rider is explained.
The classic position, jump position, posture problems.
Control of the horse, safety, excercises, lungeing, knowledge of aids.

Brief description

This module is aimed at developing the student's theoretical knowledge and practical ability of riding and training the horse.

Module Skills

Problem_solving Developed through the assignment. Students will have to make informed decisions on the choice of horse for particular aspects of work.  
Communication Students will need to communicate their reasons for undertaking a particular course of action in the training of the horse and rider.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed and assessed through the practical work undertaken to satisfy outcomes 2 and 3.  

Reading Lists

Auty, I (2001) BHS manual of equitation
Auty, I (1998) The BHS complete manual of stable management Kenilworth Press
Harley-Edwards, E (1990) The saddle in theory and practice J A Allen
Hartley Edwards, E (1990) Bitting in theory and practice J A Allen
Hartley Edwards, E (1990) Training aids in theory and practice J A Allen
Klimke, R (1985) Basic training of the young horse J A Allen
Lorch, J (1997) From foal to full-born David and Charles
Loriston-Clarke, J (1993) Lungeing and long-reining Kenilworth Press
Rose, E (1992) School exercises for flatwork and jumping Kenilworth Press


This module is at CQFW Level 5