Conception to Competition - (30 credits)

This module reviews the principles behind the growth and development of the equine from conception through to maturity. The processes of musculoskeletal, circulatory, neurological and endocrinological development will be examined, along with aspects of nutritional demand and change. Students will enhance their understanding of the changes in physiological demand of the horse, through critical phases of their developmental process and the problems associated with interruption to normal patterns. This will enable an understanding of developmental aliments and diseases, their likely cause, treatment, prognosis and prevention in the developing equine. Students will examine correct equine structure and static conformation in relation to needs and demands both developmentally and for a variety of performance aspects.