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Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Equine Science
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1.) Describe career opportunities in the equine industry.

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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2.) Identify safety techniques to be considered when handling horses.

Examples: approaching a horse from the front and side, avoiding sudden movement, speaking quietly

•  Describing horse behavior that can cause injuries to the horse and to the handler
Examples: submission to some members of the herd, dominance over some members of the herd, fight or flight behaviors

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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3.) Differentiate characteristics of light horses, draft horses, and ponies, including structure, muscling, color, and shape of head and neck.

•  Listing various breeds of light horses, draft horses, and ponies
Examples: breeds of light horses—Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Thoroughbred, Arabian, Morgan, American Saddlebred, Tennessee Walking Horse, Paint

- breeds of ponies—Welsh, Shetland, Pony of the Americas, American Walking Pony

•  Describing historical roles of horses in transportation and recreation
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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4.) Describe the external anatomy of a horse.

Examples: withers, crest, poll, forehead, muzzle, point of shoulder, pastern, coronet, fetlock

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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5.) Describe structures and functions of the equine digestive system.

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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6.) Explain functions of the equine circulatory system.

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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7.) Identify parts and functions of equine male and female reproductive systems.

•  Describing factors in an equine breeding program
Examples: heat cycle, gestation, lactation, artificial insemination, fertility

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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8.) Analyze equine feed ingredients to determine nutritional value.

Examples: grain, roughage, vitamins, minerals

•  Identifying possible problems associated with feeding equine
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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9.) Explain the balance of rations used in feeding equine.

•  Explaining nutritional requirements at various stages of equine development
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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10.) Describe causes of major equine diseases and methods for prevention.

Examples: disease—equine encephalitis

- method of prevention—improved management practices

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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11.) Differentiate among internal and external parasites prevalent in equine.

Examples: internal—ascarids, stronglyes, pinworms;

- external—deerflies, lice, mits, ringworm, ticks, botflies

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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12.) Describe hoof problems in equine.

•  Recognizing symptoms of lameness in equine
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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13.) Diagnose conditions that require the assistance of a farrier.

Examples: farrier assistance—trimming, shoeing

•  Identifying tools used by a farrier
Examples: apron, hoof gauge, hoof knife, hoof pick, anvil, rasp, hoof nippers, nail clincher

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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Equine Science
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14.) Categorize normal equine ranges for vital signs, critical and noncritical injuries, and treatment of wounds.

Examples: vital signs—heart rate, respiratory rate

- critical injuries—broken bones

- noncritical injuries—cuts

- treatment of wounds—cleaning, applying ointments, applying bandages, stitching

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
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15.) Distinguish factors in selecting horses for a particular use.

Example: draft horses for pulling heavy loads

•  Describing procedures for determining the age of a horse
Example: checking size of teeth

•  Describing factors to consider in judging equine halter and performance classes
•  Evaluating various equine training techniques
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Equine Science
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16.) Describe equine barn styles and facilities.

Examples: barn styles—gambrel, gable

- facilities—round pen, stables

•  Identifying various tack and equipment used in the horse industry
•  Analyzing environmental issues to maintain and care for horses
Examples: waste management, overgrazing

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