Introduction to Psychology and Welfare - (30 credits)

In this module students will be introduced to fundamental concepts in equine behaviour, from evolution to domestication, exploring what drives equine behaviour. Students will appraise the role of the horse in human society, examining the effect of various management systems on the behaviour and welfare of the horse, and recognising the consequences of domestication. Students will practise the correct identification of the body language integral to the horse’s behavioural repertoire, categorising and defining when and why we are likely to observe these behaviours in both natural and domestic settings. Students will be taught to differentiate between behaviours caused through pain and fear rather than disobedience, in a range of situations exploring handling, ridden, social and other problems involving horse-human and horse-horse interactions. Students will learn how to take case histories and create note taking systems, developing appropriate techniques for interviewing clients to extract the information needed to develop hypotheses of the causation of individual behaviour problems. This is a fundamental step for any behaviour consultant to identify the necessary information needed to further develop rehabilitation programs. This module involves the delivery of content that allows assessment of the following SEBC modules: 1. Case History and Procedure 2. Key Signs in Equine Body Language