Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- Module code
- Module leader
- Andrew Hemmings
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 40 hours
- Teaching period
- October – March
Horse behaviour in the wild and domestic environment; the consequences of domestication. Welfare considerations for the horse owner and commercial establishments. Biochemical and behavioural effects of stress. Transport: welfare considerations, practicality and legal requirements.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Critically review the physiological and, ultimately, the psychological processes underlying the behavioural traits evident in all horses.
- Produce original interpretations of current experimental results regarding brain function and extrapolate these to modern equine training techniques.
- Design and implement experiments which explore changes in brain function and limits of cognitive ability.
|Coursework||1 x essay||70%|
|Coursework||1 x 25 minute presentation||30%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Appleby, M.C. (ed.) (2011). Animal Welfare. (2nd edition). CAB International.
- Carlson, N.R. (2006). The Physiology of Behaviour. (9th edition). Allyn and Bacon Prentice Hall.
- Mason, G. (2006). Stereotypic Animal Behaviour: Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare. (2nd edition). CAB International.
- Mills, D. and Nankervis, K. (1999). Equine Behaviour: Principles and Practice. Blackwell Science.
- Hale, C.E., Hemmings, A.J. and Bee, S. (2011). The effects of a high starch, cereal-based diet compared to a low starch, fibre-based diet on reactivity in horses. In Applied Equine Nutrition and Training. Wageningen Academic Publishers. 199-209.
- McBride, S.D., Hemmings, A.J. and Robinson, K. (2004). A preliminary study on the effect of massage to reduce stress in the horse. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 24 (2), 76-81.
- McBride, S.D. and Hemmings, A.J. (2005). Altered mesoaccumbens and nigro-striatal dopamine physiology is associated with stereotypy development in a non-rodent species. Behavioural Brain Research, 159, 113-118.
- McBride, S.D. and Hemmings, A.J. (2009). A neurologic perspective of equine stereotypy. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 29 10-16.
- Yin, H. and Knowlton, B. (2006). The role of the basal ganglia in habit formation. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 7, 464-476.