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Animal Science: Equine Science - Horse Hippology & Veterinary - Semester Class

Ms. Lora
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This semester long class is an intensive level class about the study of the horse. We will cover terminology, colors, breeds, diseases, anatomy, nutrition, veterinary, horse judging, and equipment. Great for future equine professionals!

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
36 lessons//18 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to the course - Learning terminology of the horse (gender, ages, life cycle of the horse)
The first lesson of this course will consist of introduction to the overview of the course and then we will dive into terminology and understanding of the horse's lifecycle. Hand-out will be provided before the start of class.
Lesson 2
Body Parts
Students will learn about the external anatomy of the horse as the first surface level of equine anatomy. This will aid students as we move into learning about the systems of the horse.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Colors and Markings
Students will learn about different colors and markings with horse as well as, a brief introduction to the world of genetics with horses.
Lesson 4
Paint & Appaloosa patterns
Students will learn about the patterns of different breeds and colors. tHey will be able to identify and distinguish differences in a variety of different horses.
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Pony Breeds
Moving into the breeds of the horse, we will start with ponies. Students will learn various different pony breeds including characteristics, origin, famous horses within the breed and history.
Lesson 6
Light Horse Breeds
Light horse breeds are the next topics after ponies where students will use a map to pinpoint where each breed originates from as well as, follow along throughout history to see the development of the modern riding horse.
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Draft Horse Breeds
Students will now move into learning about the draft horse breeds. Similar to the pony and light horse breeds, we will discover the origin and history of each breed. Students will also uncover different disciplines that draft horses are known for.
Lesson 8
General Skeletal Anatomy
Let's learn some anatomy! Previously, students have learned external anatomy and now it is time to learn about skeletal anatomy. We will be learning about the whole skeleton of the horse. Hand-outs will be given before the start of class.
 Week 5
Lesson 9
Anatomy of the Hoof
Previously, we have learned about the external anatomy of the hoof and have touched on the skeletal anatomy of the hoof in the previous class now, we will learn more about the finite structures of the horse's hoof.
Lesson 10
Farrier work, Soundness and Common Issues with the Hoof
Within this lesson, we will learn about the common issues that can happen with the horse's hoof. Students will learn about farrier work including different shoes and methods used when tending to a horse's feet. Students will also learn about soundness and lameness.
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Blemishes & Unsoundness Issues
Students will learn about various blemish and unsoundness issues within the horse. They will learn about characteristics, development, procedures, and outlook.
Lesson 12
Anatomy of the Tooth, Aging, and Dental Care
Aging horses correctly is crucial for developing a care plan for your horse. Students will learn about the tooth structure, dentistry and key components used when aging a horse.
 Week 7
Lesson 13
Muscle Groups
We are now going further into the anatomy of the horse! Students will learn about the muscles throughout the horse's body and what they do. Hand-out will be provided before the beginning of class.
Lesson 14
Vaccinations, Titers and Common Diseases
Students will learn about the different common diseases that horses are vaccinated against. Students will learn about the progression of each, outlook, and transmission.
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Coggins/EIA, 5 panel test, Genetic Linked Diseases
Students will discover the different diseases that are genetic and how they affect the horse. Students will identify the breeds that each disease is linked to and see the outlook of the disease.
Lesson 16
Deworming and Parasites
With healthy comes deworming practices. Students will uncover the different parasites that horse can contract, learn the parasite life cycle and discover various deworming procedures used for each parasite.
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Digestive System
To feed an animal correct, one must understand the digestive system. Students will learn about the horse's digestive tract and the process that happens throughout. Hand-out will be provided before the start of class.
Lesson 18
Roughages, Concentrates and Reading the Label
Once students have an understanding of the digestive tract, we will take a look at a horse's diet and what they need to remain healthy. Students will learn the differences of each nutrient, reasons behind diferent feeds and be able to read a label for varieties of horses.
 Week 10
Lesson 19
Common Digestive Issues
Horses can have issues within their digestive tract. Students have previously learned about what the digestive tract has and how everything is processed. Now, students will learn about what could go wrong and why.
Lesson 20
Horse Behavior & Behavioral Issues
Horses are large animals, as we already know. Understanding horse behavior and body language is the goal of this lesson. Students will identify signs of changes in behavior and pinpoint each horse's emotion and thought.
 Week 11
Lesson 21
Horse Safety
Being able to understand horse behavior leads students to the next avenue which is horse safety. Students will learn safety measures that should be taken in account when working around horses. Horses help teach us the safety measures taken because of their behaviors.
Lesson 22
Identifying Equipment and Purpose
Students will now dive into the world of learning about equipment. The world of equipment is quite vast in the equine world but, ever so important. Students will learn how to identify, how each piece of equipment works and what it is used for.
 Week 12
Lesson 23
Training Aids
Natural aids and training aids can be found in the horse world. Students will learn about the different aids used and their proper use.
Lesson 24
Western Riding History & Disciplines
Let's get into the riding portion of horses! Students will discover the history of the western horse and development of them throughout history. As we go through the western history, we will learn about various western based disciplines along the way.
 Week 13
Lesson 25
English Riding History & Disciplines
Students will uncover the history of the english horse and the development to the modern english riding horse today. As we discover the english horse, students will learn about the various english based disciplines that we offer today.
Lesson 26
In-Hand & Exclusive Disciplines
New developing disciplines are on the horizon and students will set forth an expedition of learning about each. We will discover the variety of disciplines, watch videos to help enhance our understanding and discuss the history of this new discipline.
 Week 14
Lesson 27
Halter Class Judging
Let's get a taste of horse judging! Students will now learn about conformation within the horse. We will learn about the importance, form to function within the horse, and how to place a class.
Lesson 28
Western Performance Judging
Previously, students have learned about different western disciplines and will now learn how these events are judged. Students will take a look at various videos and practice scoring runs.
 Week 15
Lesson 29
English Performance Judging
Students have seen the varieties of the english disciplines and now, students will learn how to score runs and what the judge looks for. Students will become invested in placing different classes and clearly seeing the purpose of each class being scored.
Lesson 30
Preparing a Set of Reasons
To be an effective judge and decision maker, one must be able to prepare a quality set of reasons as to why they placed the class as they did. Students will develop of set of reasons from a previous class that we judged then, present reasons to the class.
 Week 16
Lesson 31
Reproductive Cycle & Breeding
Look at the babies! Students will now learn about the reproductive cycle of horses and breeding. During this lesson, students will learn about the mare's cycle, hormones, and methods of breeding.
Lesson 32
Growth of the Foal, Foaling, Foaling Issues
Students will now look at the incredible process of birth of a new foal. We will start in-utero and discover what is truly happening with the foal before birth. We will discuss ideal birth as well as, possible issues that could arise while foaling.
 Week 17
Lesson 33
Mare & Foal Care
The baby is born! Once a foal is born, many things need to be put into play. Students will learn about the next steps after the foal is born to ensure a healthy momma and baby.
Lesson 34
Veterinary Check-Up (vitals, BCS, patient history)
From everything that we have learned in the past weeks, students will now go through the process of learning about veterinary check ups. We will learn about the vital signs, identifying possible issues, BCS and see if there is anything significant in the file for their history.
 Week 18
Lesson 35
Common Equine Emergencies
Students during this lesson will learn about different equine emergencies that can occur and will learn about the steps taken in these situations. This will combine what we have learned previously and put it to the test, so to speak!
Lesson 36
Horse Hippology Contest
Now let's have some fun! Students will be encouraged in the previous class to review what we have covered for the past 18 weeks because now, it's time to play! Students will compete against each other by answering questions to earn points. It is solely an equine contest!
  • Students will have a deeper understanding of equine terminology, colors, breeds, diseases, anatomy, nutrition, veterinary, horse judging, and equipment. Students will receive a great foundation as an equestrian or if they wish to pursue a career as an equine professional.
As an educator, I have an extensive background in the equine industry. I received my Associate of Applied Science in Equine Training & Management and have pursued a career as a riding instructor, horse trainer, barn manager and horse judge. Throughout my college degree, I have taken many equine courses including health, nutrition, reproduction, business, anatomy, physiology, and horsemanship. Horses have been a large part of my life for over fifteen years in which I have competed in western performance and ranch horse versatility events. I am prepared to teach this course!
Students should come to class ready with a pen/pencil, notebook and colored pencils. Teacher will provide handouts including scoresheets and diagrams.
During this class, students may find themselves sensitive to occasional images or videos viewed in this class. This media will be relevant as we study veterinary and common illnesses or issues among horses. Images and videos will include blood and other bodily fluids. Please do discuss with your student about this content.
We will occasionally use YouTube during class times to enhance each learner's understanding.  For class 28 and 29, teacher will provide scoresheets for students. 
Joined October, 2023
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- A.A.S in Equine Training & Management
- Professional Riding instructor for ages 6 to adult
- Professional Horse... 
Group Class


weekly or $504 for 36 classes
2x per week, 18 weeks
30 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
1-12 learners per class

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