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ANS 200 Introduction to Equine Science
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2006
SUN#: None
AGEC: None
Credit Breakdown: 3 lecture
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Introduction to equine sciences: Including basic structure and function of equine anatomy, disease prevention and treatment, common breeds, and nutritional requirements of horses.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: none

Recommendations: Recommended by Agricultural Advisory Council. April 2005.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the history and development of the horse.
2. Discuss the basics of equine science.
3. Compare the common breeds of horses and assess their differences.
4. Describe the structure and function of a horse.
5. Identify the general anatomical areas of a horse.
6. Describe the process for determining the age, height, and weight of a horse.
7. Explain basic genetic principles involved in horse breeding.
8. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.
9. Identify the ideal conformation characteristics of a horse.
10. Predict the possible lameness that could result from poor conformation
11. Describe signs, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of equine infectious diseases and parasites.
12. Assess the nutrient requirements of different ages and uses of horses.
13. Describe the possible problems due to dietary excess or deficiencies of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Describe the past breeding practices that led to the breeds of today, and the reasons behind these practices.
2. Explain the impact of genetics and scientific advancements on the performance and health of horses.
3. Describe how different breeds of horses are suited for different uses.
4. Assess how different horse’s structure allows for better performance in different situations.
5. Name basic external parts of the horse.
6. Demonstrate the processes involved in determining weight and height, and judge a horse’s age based on its teeth.
7. Describe the possible results of crossbreeding, and predict possible color as well as other genetig outcomes.
8. Locate bones, organs, and muscles, on or in the horse.
9. Examine the importance of balance in a horse’s structure.
10. Describe the effects that poor balance could have on a horses performance, handling, and soundness.
11. Name common diseases and health problems in horses, and identify treatment and prevention.
12. Calculate the different nutritional requirements of horses depending on age, size, and use.
13. Describe the necessary supplements needed for the horse, and the importance of vitamins and minerals to the health of the horse.