Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- Module code
- Module leader
- Andrew Hemmings
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 36 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
The ethology of the horse will be considered, inclusive of topics such as feral behaviour and herd dynamics. As the module progresses, equid behaviour and welfare will be analysed within the domestic confines, with a focus on the development of abnormal behaviours such as stereotypies. 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 equine welfare in the 21st century.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Critically evaluate the most recent research into brain structure and function.
- Give a reasoned opinion based on evidence of current welfare issues and legislation within the Equine Industry.
- Critically appraise breaking and training techniques based on ethological and learning studies to optimise equine husbandry and welfare.
- Present an in depth analysis of the relationship between genotype, stress and abnormal behavioural output.
|Coursework||Essay 3000-4000 words||100%|
- Carlson, N.R. (2010) Physiology of behavior 10th edn. Allyn and Bacon
- Hogg, A. (2009) Horse behaviour exposed David & Charles
- McBride, S.D. Roberts, K. and Hemmings, A. (2017) Applied Neurophysiology of the Horse: training and welfare applications. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 190, 90-101
- Mills, D.S. and McDonnell, S.M. (2005). The Domestic Horse: The Origins, Development and Management of its Behaviour. Cambridge University Press
- National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC). (2009). Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium for Horses, Ponies and Donkeys. (3rd edition). NEWC
- Randle, H. and Hemmings, A. (2017) The use of Technology in Equitation Science: a panacea or abductive science? Applied Animal Behaviour Science 190, 57-73