Activity: Physical Characteristics of Horses


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Activity 2.1 – Identify & Assess Physical Characteristics of Horses

It is important to be able to identify parts of the horse’s anatomy. This will help you to understand the function of each physical feature as well as communicate with others when discussing anatomy. In this activity you will identify features of horse anatomy as well as assess the conformation of a horse.

Create an anatomy mind-map using this Apply card

Evaluate the conformational features and overall balance of your horse.

Use these graphic organizers to help you complete the learning tasks:

Use this image as an option for completing the learning tasks. 

Note that this is a graded activity. A grading rubric is provided with the activity.

Instructions

If you haven’t done so already, download the module activities booklet to your computer now by clicking here and saving the file to your course folder on your computer.

  1. Open the copy of the Module 2 Activities booklet on your computer.
  2. Scroll down to the “Identify and assess physical characteristics” activity in the booklet.
  3. Respond to each of the questions provided.
  4. SAVE your work.
  5. Proceed to the next item here in the online course.

These weblinks will help you complete the learning tasks:

Explore images and videos of equine anatomy on the UCVM Summer Camps website.

Watch this video [7.10 minutes] on a preliminary study examining skull morphology and behavioural differences in horses by Dr. Katrina Merkies.

Find information and diagrams on horse conformation on the University of Minnesota Extension website.

Find information about evaluating a horse’s confirmation on the University of Georgia’s Extension website.

Explore more detailed information on conformation in the “Conformation & Evaluation” section of the 4-H Horse Project Manual from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

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