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Equine Exercise Physiology (11:067:402)

(3 credits)

Typically Offered: Each Spring semester.

Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: Prerequisites include a course in physiology (e.g., Systems Physiology, 01:146:356; or Animal Physiology, 11:067:300) or the permission of Dr. McKeever (Bartlett 003, 732-932-9390,

Format: The course consists primarily of lectures with limited participation by students.

Description: The horse is a natural athlete performing a variety of tasks including racing, driving, draft work, and pleasure riding. Research into the unique aspects of these athletic animals has lead to the development of the field of equine exercise physiology. This is one of the fastest growing fields in the Animal Sciences, and there is a need to provide basic knowledge to students and future leaders of the equine industry. This course will involve a survey and critical evaluation of the current concepts regarding the physiological and environmental factors associated with exercise in the horse. Both acute and chronic effects will be studied with emphasis placed on physiological mechanisms and limitations.

Examinations: Students are evaluated as follows:

Item Points
Three 100-pt. exams 300
Term Paper 100
Final Exam 100
Total 500

Other Requirements: Text is The Athletic Horse-Principles and Practice of Equine Sports Medicine by D.R. Hodgson and R.J. Rose, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia.

Syllabus (112k PDF) (may be subject to change)


Dr. Kenneth McKeever
Bartlett Hall, Rm. 003