Equine Management Systems

Subject 208-323 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial and 36 hours of practical work, with computer-aided learning enhancement
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Peter Cakebread
Subject Overview:

The objective of this subject is to provide students with an understanding of the systems in which horses are produced, raised and trained and provide a prerequisite for the application of scientific and technical knowledge to management.

Content includes the horse industry, its structures and activities; management procedures, training routines for thoroughbred racing, harness racing, equestrian sports; horse industry specific equipment, facilities and enterprises; critical factors influencing production and performance in studs and stables including selection strategies, nutritional and pasture-based management issues, and preventative health strategies, therapies and biosecurity at national, regional and enterprise levels.

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be familiar with common horse-management procedures on studs, training stables and equestrian centres;

  • be familiar with the structure and control within the horse industry;

  • be able to recognise the factors affecting efficiency in studs and stables;

  • understand the application of selection procedures for breeding and performance horses;

  • understand the genetic selection strategies used by breeding enterprises and breed organisations; and

  • understand the application of health procedures for prevention, diagnosis, and therapy.

Assessment: One 3-hour written essay or short-answer style examination (40% of final marks) and three practical assignments equivalent to 2500 words (each worth 20% of final marks).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

  • The Economic Contribution to the Horse Industry (J Gordon), RIRDC
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available


This subject involves the use of animals. Students should be aware that this is an essential part of the subject and exemption from this component is not possible.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Animal Science and Management

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