Module: Equine Research and Ethics

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Jo Charles
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    75 hours
  • Contact hrs

    25 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

The module is designed to give the students a thorough grounding in welfare and ethical considerations within equine research, as well as current welfare and ethical issues within the equine industry worldwide. Topics covered include welfare and ethical considerations in equestrian sport, leisure, and the working horse; human-horse interaction; ethical equitation; issues surrounding euthanasia; equine quantitative and qualitative research strategies including constructing and testing hypotheses, evaluating and testing data using a variety of statistical techniques.  

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of welfare and ethical considerations within equine research
  2. Justify appropriate experimental design
  3. Apply statistical techniques to datasets and draw appropriate conclusions 


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Assignment 100%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Aurini, J.D., Health, M. and Howells, S. (2016) The How to of Qualitative Research. Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Collis, J. and Hussey, R. (2009) Business research : a practical guide for undergraduate & postgraduate students 3rd edn. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cooper, D.R., Schindler, P.S. and Blumberg, B. (2011) Business research methods 3rd European edn. McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Clough, P. and Nutbrown, C. (2002). A Student’s Guide to Methodology: Justifying Enquiry. Sage.
  • Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Lowe, A. (2002). Management Research: An Introduction. (2nd edition). Sage.
  • Hall, C. (2015) Horse Welfare, Use Not Abuse Whittles Publishing
  • Heuschmann, G. (2007) Tug of War: Classical Versus "Modern" Dressage: Classical Versus "Modern" Dressage. J.A.Allen & Co Ltd
  • Heuschmann, G. (2012) Balancing Act: The Horse in Sport - an Irreconcilable Conflict? J.A.Allen & Co Ltd
  • McGreevy, P. and McLean, A. (2010) Equitation Science. Whiley-Blackwell.
  • Morris, T.R. (1999) Experimental Design And Analysis In Animal Science. Cabi, Oxford
  • McIlwraith, C.W. and Rollin, B.E. (editors) (2011) Equine Welfare (UFAW Animal Welfare) John Wiley & Sons
  • Salkind, N.J. (2011) Statistics For People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics.4th Ed Sage Publications