Structure and Function of the Breeding Horse - (15 Credits)

This module introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the horse with particular focus on the reproductive systems and those influencing the reproductive potential of the horse. Laboratory based dissections enable the student to benefit from a thorough understanding of the internal structure of the horse and its function. The emphasis will be on the breeding soundness of the horse, including hormonal control of fertility via both natural and artificial methods, as well as basic veterinary interventions and recognised management techniques. Nutritional requirements of the horse with particular attention to those of the mare through conception, gestation and lactation is covered from both a scientific and applied perspective, providing the student with a holistic knowledge of factors influencing the function and fertility of the horse.