cod. 1006113

Academic year 2020/21
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Zootecnica speciale (AGR/19)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
47 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

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 equestrian disciplines
- Know the different types of breeding and facilities in relation to the use of the horse
- Apply scientific knowledge to increase horse welfare and performance


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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: horse perception and communication, abnormal behaviour: causes, management and prevention. The basics of learning theory and training.
Exercise physiology basics. Training principles and feeding according to the disciplines.
Equestrian FEI and western disciplines: basic principles, regulations, tack, equipment, tracks, kind of horses.
Horse training theories (P. Karl, M. Roberts, P.Parelli)

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 and equestrian facilities, when the sanitary situation allows it.
Classroom lectures with PowerPoint presentation.
The PowerPoint presentations, utilized for lectures, are uploaded on Elly weekly

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.
Written exam is a multiple-choice test, only one correct answer, 30 questions. The test is considered sufficient when at least 18 answers are correct. Who passes the written test is admitted to the oral test.
Normally, the oral test follows the correction of the written test immediately.
If the sanitary emergency persists, only the oral test will be performed, by means of the Teams platform.

Other information

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