Training for Performance - (15 credits)

This module considers how the horse learns and how the application of this knowledge can be applied in everyday training situations. Underpinning theories that will be reviewed include theories of habituation and desensitization as well as the psychology of training. The scientific principles behind physical training will also be explored along with the factors that affect athletic performance, including the adaptations that occur to the individual body systems in response to training. Students will be encouraged to apply these concepts within practical sessions and to evaluate the use of current methods of training horses using relevant peer reviewed literature. Students will develop their communication skills to be able to articulate this technical and scientific information to riders, trainers and coaches in a manner that supports the methods and terminology used at ground level for a range of disciplines within the equine performance industry.