PVS0160 Equitation science, 4.0 Credits
Subjects Animal Science
No Level Indicated
Pass / Failed
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Admitted to a postgraduate program or passed academic courses in, i.e., animal, equine, veterinary, agricultural, sports science, biology, veterinary nursing.
Equivalent knowledge obtained by other means, i.e. professional rider/coach, full‐time or part time employment in the horse sector.
By opening up for participants other than students with relevant academic qualifications, we will achieve a broader dissemination of knowledge and facilitate collaboration between academia and
After course completion, students shall be able to:
- describe the horses’ biological needs
- discuss and integrate an ethological approach to training and welfare assessment
- define and explain learning theory and apply it to training, accounting for the horses’ cognitive and sensory abilities
- define abnormal behaviour, reflect upon the development of unwanted behaviour and provide evidence‐based solutions to real life problems
- critically evaluate and explain the effects of management and human/rider on horse welfare
- objectively discuss, communicate, and implement an evidence‐based approach to humanhorse interactions
The course will be held during 5 days and will provide participants with scientific and practical tools with which they can validate human‐horse interactions to identify training methods that are ethical
and effective and highlight those that represent problems for horse welfare and human safety. To achieve this, lectures and seminars will cover topics such as equine ethology, perception and
communication, applied ethology, equine cognition and learning, applied learning theory, research methods in equitation science and communication of scientific findings to promote evidence based
The course consists of lectures (20 hours), group discussions (5 hours) and seminars (15 hours), a home assignment (70 hours) and a workshop (5 hours) where theoretical knowledge is put into
action to bridge science with practice. Real case scenarios will be implemented throughout.
Formats and requirements for examination
Small‐scale literature review on a specific topic relevant to equitation science. Key results shall be presented orally. A popular article shall be written about the chosen topic and suggestions provided of how to implement results in practice. This will be further developed during
active group discussions during the course week and a written report shall be handed in after the course.
The course will be held at the National Equestrian Centre Strömsholm. Participation during the physical meeting in Strömsholm is obligatory to promote active learning and engage PhD students in discussions and cooperation. Pre‐ and post‐assignments are also obligatory and supervision/guidance will be provided by the main teachers of the course.
Course leader: Dr Elke Hartmann, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Dep Animal Environment and Health), co-organiser Dr Maria V Rørvang (SLU, Dep of Biosystems and Technology)
Contact: Elke Hartmann, firstname.lastname@example.org
Main teachers: Dr Elke Hartmann, Dr Maria V Rørvang, Ass Prof Janne Winther Christensen (Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Tjele, Denmark), Prof Paul McGreevy (University of Sydney, Sydney School of Veterinary Science)
Costs: No course fee applies for NOVA, non-NOVA or BOVA PhD students. Course fee of 450 Euros will be charged for all other participants, e.g. professional rider/coach, full-time or part time employment in the horse sector. Travel costs and costs for accommodation is not covered for any participant. Local accommodation at the course venue is available (Single room: from 57 to 76 Euros/night, double room from 115 Euros/night).
Department of Animal Environment and Health