EQ1850: Equine Exercise Physiology

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This course is designed for individuals who work professionally in the equine health industry to enhance their understanding of equine exercise physiology. It introduces many of the important aspects of conditioning the equine athlete for various disciplines, including base conditioning, aerobic and anaerobic exercise and recovery, monitoring of conditioning gains, prevention of health and performance problems and more. This course provides practical and updated information needed to ensure a safe and effective training program through applied scientific knowledge of exercise physiology. The course will also enable participants to improve the results of performance horses involved in racing, endurance, roping, eventing, dressage, show jumping and more.

After completing the course the student will be able to:

Perform a horse health check
Safely carry out a daily conditioning workout that avoids over-work
Design and monitor a year-round training program
Identify problems specific to the various disciplines and suggest appropriate prevention or actions
Explain the scientific rationale for suggested practices based on an understanding of horse exercise physiology Assess the advantages and disadvantages of new technology and alternate training venues or programs for the athletic horse
This course is entirely online, so no travel to the University of Guelph is required. All students begin and end the course at the same time. Each course is supplemented with CDs, DVDs and industry resources. Registered students are provided with a login and password to a secure learning management system which is web-based and accessible through the internet.

The instructors guide students through the course and they will participate in various learning activities, access discussion boards, interact with the course content through readings, videos, and other materials. Students demonstrate their learning by completing online quizzes, submitting assignments and papers. Every course has an assessment which results in grade recorded on a University of Guelph transcript.

Course Overview

Anatomy and physiology of muscle
Energy requirements
Cardiorespiratory system
Thermoregulation
Training adaptation
Monitoring the training program
Training vs. conditioning
Functional anatomy and terminology
Cardiovascular system
Energy requirement of various gaits
Taking vital signs
Tissue recovery and energy production

Unit 01: Learning About Equine Exercise Physiology
Unit 02: Movement and Muscle
Unit 03: Where Does the Energy Come From?
Unit 04: How Does the Energy Get to the Muscle?
Unit 05: How Does the Muscle Get Oxygen? The Cardiorespiratory System
Unit 06: Thermoregulation: Preventing Heat Stress in the Horse
Unit 07: Whether it is better to excrete or recycle: That is the Question!
Unit 08: How does my horse keep going and going? And how do I know when he’s tired?
Unit 09: What Happens with Regular Exercise? Training Adaptations
Unit 10: How do I Monitor the Changes?
Unit 11: What Else is There? Nutritional guidelines and other assorted topics
Unit 12: Summary and Conclusion of the Course

Students must be at least 18-years-old and able to read English equivalent to the high school level.

No externship is required for this class; however, to receive Equinology/EquiLearn Institute credit, please email your transcripts to office@eli-us.com.

*This course is a requirement for the MEEBW certification.

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