Module: Equine Law, Research & Ethics

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Jo Charles and Peter Morris
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

The module is designed to give the students a thorough grounding in welfare and ethical considerations within equine research, ethical considerations in equestrian sport, leisure, and the working horse; human-horse interaction; ethical equitation. Workshops will contextualise quantitative and qualitative research strategies including constructing and testing hypotheses, evaluating and testing data using a variety of statistical techniques.  

It will also cover the following areas of UK law set in an equine context where appropriate, the English legal system, horse ownership, buying and selling horses, running and working within a riding establishment, negligence and other related torts, insurance, health and safety, property rights and ownership, stallion agreements, animal welfare and employment.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Identify the relevance and significance of welfare and ethical considerations within equine research to justify appropriate experimental design 
  2. Apply statistical techniques to datasets and draw appropriate conclusions
  3.  Identify the relevant UK law in a given situation and identify situations where they need to seek professional advice and help.
  4.  Identify the key areas of law in the UK and apply the appropriate law in establishing, developing and maintaining a successful business.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Part 1. On-line statistics tests 50%
Coursework Part 2. Coursework 50%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Research and Ethics

  • 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.  
  • 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  
  • Salkind, N.J. (2016) Statistics For People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics.6th Ed Sage Publications 


  • Cooke, J. (2011). Law of Tort. (10th edition). Pearson Education.
  • De Silva, C. (2004). Equine Law. Harper Adams University College.
  • Elliott, C. and Quinn, F. (2011). English Legal System 2011/2012. (12th edition).
  • Longman.Gilligan, B. (2002). Practical Horse Law. (1st edition).
  • Blackwell Publishing.Keen and Riches (2007). Business Law. (8th edition).
  • Pearson Education.Mackenzie, J. (2001). Horse Law. (Revised edition).
  • J.A. Allen.Marsh and Soullsby (2002). Business Law. (8th edition).
  • Nelson Thornes.Nairns, J. (2008). Employment Law. (6th edition).
  • Pearson Education.Upex, R. and Bennett, G. (2008). Davies on Contract. (10th edition). Sweet and Maxwell.