This double module aims to concentrate on a variety of factors that are important to the therapist when assessing an animal for therapeutic intervention. Saddle fitting, farriery and rider ability will have an impact on the way of going of the horse as will the use of training aids and collars versus harnesses in dogs. Track surface for the racing greyhound can cause musculoskeletal damage over time and acute injuries. These factors may be compared to the use of different riding surfaces that may impact injury in the horse.
Students will also explore behavioural patterns of the horse and the dog and how each species interacts with both its natural and the domestic environment, including the effects of environmental factors such as housing, handling/riding and training methods. It will also investigate factors leading to misbehaviour in the horse and dog during performance, and what these behaviours may indicate (i.e. discomfort, fear, etc.).
Clinical equine and canine nutrition will be evaluated and will include nutrition programmes for a range of disciplines anddisorders.