cod. 1004795

Academic year 2015/16
3° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Zootecnica speciale (AGR/19)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
51 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: RURAL BUILDINGS AND FARM TECHNOLOGIES

Learning objectives

The student will be able to:

- Know the differences in perception between the horse and the man
- Understand the equine behaviour as shaped by evolution and natural selection
- Recognize the main causes of equine abnormal behaviour to prevent or resolve it when present
- Know the basic principles of learning theory and training according to the discipline
- Know the basic elements of the main Olympic and non-Olympic equestrian disciplines and horse racing industry
- Know the different types of breeding and facilities in relation to the use of the horse
- Apply scientific knowledge to aid equine performance and welfare


Animal Production and Welfare exam passed

Course unit content

Elements of equine ethology in relation to the design of facilities and in relation to the management of horse breeding, training and employment: the perception of the horse; abnormal behaviour: causes, management and prevention. The basics of learning theory and training.
Kinds of breeding and management according to the horse employment.
Main Olympic and non-Olympic equestrian disciplines and racing industry: basic principles and regulations.
Tack and equipment.

Full programme

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Marlin D., Nankervis K. Equine exercise physiology. Blackwell Publishing
McGreevy P. Equine behavior. A guide for veterinarians and equine scientist. Saunders
Mills D., Nankervis K. Comportamento equino: principi e pratica. Calderini Edagricole

Teaching methods

Classroom lectures and practical activity in stud barns, training and racecourse facilities

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with multiple choice answers and oral exam with questions to assess the acquired knowledge. Problems that may be found during breeding or in equestrian practice will be presented to the student and the problem solving skill will be evaluated. The ability of expression and the use of an appropriate terminology will be evaluated and considered in the attribution of the mark.

Other information

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