Module:Equine Behaviour and Welfare

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Andrew Hemmings
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

The ethology of the horse will be considered, inclusive of topics such as feral behaviour and herd dynamics.  Equine husbandry practices, together with the management and training of the ridden horse for leisure and competition, will be evaluated in the context of welfare models, ethical frameworks and social licence.. Moreover, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the relationship between stress, genotype and altered brain function. Finally, a detailed critique will be undertaken, of legislative mechanisms designed to protect and sustain optimal equine welfare in the 21st century. 

Module outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate the most recent research into brain structure and function
  2. Give a reasoned opinion based on evidence of current welfare issues and legislation within the equine industry
  3. Critically appraise welfare models and industry guidelines within equine management practice (e.g. breaking, training and competing)
  4. Present and in depth analysis of the relationship between genotype, stress and abnormal behavioural output.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Critical Review (3000-4000 words) 100%

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