Techniques of Training I
ANSC 272 - Equine Training Techniques I
I. ANSC 272 - Equine Training Techniques I
Credit Hours: 2 (8W2: March 4-May 10, 2014)
Instructors: Global Equine Academy (Gene and Sandy Miller)
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
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Text: Resistance Free Riding by Richard Shrake
II. Course Description
This course is the first in a four-part series introducing students to the fundaments of training a horse to be soft, supple and responsive. Students learn to use the entire body to guide a horse and how to become part of the horse instead of just a passenger. Pre-requisite: Student must have access to a horse and ANSC 164 - Equine Behavior, Ground Work and Safety. Spring. Course fee required.
This class is designed to teach a student the fundamentals of training a horse to be soft, supple and responsive. Once you get a sound foundation on a horse you can train that horse for any event, western or English. Within this class, we will show you how to get into a horse's mind and gain total control of a horse's body. We will show you how to use your entire body to guide your hose and to become part of the horse instead of just a passenger sitting on top of the horse.
III. Student Learning Outcomes
A. University Student Learning Outcomes: Graduates of Dickinson State University will:
I. Demonstrate knowledge of human cultures, the humanities, the social sciences, the fine and performing arts, and the physical and natural worlds.
II. Demonstrate the intellectual skills of inquiry, mathematical reasoning, quantitative and qualitative analysis, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving.
III. Demonstrate written, oral, and visual communication skills, information literacy, and technological skills.
IV. Demonstrate knowledge of personal and community health and wellness.
V. Demonstrate responsible ethical reasoning and social and intercultural engagement.
VI. Demonstrate advanced accomplishment in discipline-specific performance.
VII. Demonstrate integrative learning across the curriculum.
B. Program Student Learning Outcomes: Agricultural Studies graduates will be able to demonstrate a/an:
I. Range of concepts and methods useful in agri-business decision-making in at least one of eight areas of specialization: Business/Marketing, International Agri-Business, Integrated Farm Management, Integrated Ranch Management, Natural Resource Management, Range Management, Soil Science and Equine. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, V, and VI.)
II. Mastery of problem solving and effective communication skills to face challenges encountered in professional careers. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, V, and VI.)
III. In-depth understanding of a specific issue facing agriculture demonstrated by the completion of their capstone experience. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, IV, V, and VI.)
IV. Basic proficiency in specific approved practices in modern agriculture. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes II and VI.)
V. Basic proficiency in the use of financial and GIS computer software. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes II, III and VI.)
VI. Basic knowledge of specific livestock and farm production practices of the Northern Great Plains. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, V, and VI.)
VII. Proper and effective use of both oral and written communication skills. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II, III, and V.)
C. Course Student Learning Outcomes: Students taking this course will be able to:
I. Demonstrate on their horse the correct training methods for various exercises.
II. Explain the correct training methods for several exercises.
III. Explain verbally the correct methods of training a horse to do various exercises.
IV. Requirements for the Class
A. A horse. A mature horse that is willing to be trained is necessary; a green colt will not work for this class. The student must have complete control over the horse; leasing a horse usually will not work. You must be the only one riding the horse and you must be able to use our methods of training on the horse. If you lease a horse, most people will not let you do any training on the horse. This is a training course, not just a riding class.
B. The student must be able to ride a horse at a walk, trot and lope with a secure seat. If you cannot lope a circle and feel in control of the horse, this class is not for you. This is a training class, not just a class where you pleasure ride a horse. The horse must be able to walk, trot and lope. A horse that will not trot or lope cannot be used in this class. The horse must be conditioned and physically in shape. You cannot take a horse that has not been ridden and is on full feed of hay with a big hay belly and ask it to do the exercises. You must ride the horse ahead of time and have the horse in an athletic condition. The rider must be in good physical and mental condition with no upcoming medical surgeries or problems that will keep them from riding. Your schedule must be arranged so you can ride at least five days per week. If you have something that is going to keep you from being able to ride on a regular basis, you need to put off taking this class until you have the time.
C. A student cannot use a riding instructor to help them train the horse. The student must do all of the training on their own.
D. The lessons in this class are fairly advanced. It will require daily practice to learn them. You cannot just go out and take the video tests without practice.
V. Equipment Needed
A. A saddle. The saddle should either be western or English and you should also have a saddle pad.
B. Bit. A ring snaffle or something like a Jr. Cowhorse bit will work along with a headstall and split reins. It is possible that after we watch your first tape, we might suggest that you change bits.
C. Draw reins. You can make the reins out of 20 feet of ¼ or 3/8 rope if you want to.
D. Martingale. If you do not want to purchase a martingale, you can make one out of some light nylon cord, a snap, and two one-inch rings.
E. Spurs. You may need spurs, but that all depends on the horse. If the horse totally ignores your cues, we may require spurs. It really depends on each horse.
F. A place to work your horse. A round pen or a small square pen is needed for the first few lessons, and then you can ride in a control area. This control area could be an arena or small pasture (as long as it is not slick) or a big corral.
G. A video camera and an operator. Be sure you line someone up ahead of time so you can get the tapes in on time. A digital camera will really help, so you can upload them to us and do away with the mail time.
H. Protective vest. A protective vest is highly recommended, especially for the ground work.
I. Safety helmet. Safety helmets are recommended, but that is the student's choice whether or not to wear one.
J. Boots. English or western boots are needed.
VI. Course Content Outline
Weeks 1-3 - Start working your horse on lateral and vertical flexion
Weeks 3-5 Work your horse on various exercises to develop a correct stop.
Weeks 5-8 Work your horse on forward lateral flexion and forward lateral extensions.
VII. Teaching Strategies
The format of this class is a whole new theory for education. We will give you lecture notes and audio instructions and then a video to demonstrate the lesson. You will then practice the lesson on your horse and then send us a video of you performing the exercise described in the lesson. We will evaluate the video and give you suggestions for improvement and a grade on the lesson.
The video tests have to be submitted by the end of the third week, beginning of the sixth week, and by the Wednesday of the eighth week. The videos have to be in on time or we will not be able to give you help for your next video test. The last video has to be submitted no later than Wednesday of the eighth week as we are required to submit your grades by the end of the eighth week.
After you do your videos, print off the grade sheet at the end of the lesson, watch your video, complete the grade sheet and send it along with your video. Self-grading is the best way to learn. After each exercise, give a short analysis of the things you did (good or bad). You do not have to put in the points for each exercise, just the comments. After you evaluate yourself, if you think you can do better, feel free to redo the tape; that is not cheating. Be sure to allow enough time so the video can be to us by the deadlines listed earlier. You might want to plan your videoing so you can redo it if the video does not turn out the way you want it to. Digital video files are encouraged; these files can be uploaded and sent to us instantly.
VIII. Assessment of Performance
I. Chapter Summaries - 15%
II. Videos - 70%
III. Riding Log - 15%
B. Quizzes and tests are taken online. Quizzes and tests are taken online and three video tests will be uploaded and taken throughout the class.
C. The videos will be evaluated and the changes that need to be made will be sent to the student, so they can work on the changes in riding techniques needed before the next video. The final will be the last riding video test. All three videos have to be turned in on time and all videos are required to pass the class. If all three videos are not turned in the student will fail the class, regardless of the other grades recieved in the class.
D. Absences: Students are expected to complete several assignments or lessons each week for class. Each lesson will have an online quiz at the end of the lesson and the grade will be sent automatically to us. This feature enables us to keep track of a student's progress. If a student does not complete the lessons for the week by Sunday night, the lessons will be dropped a letter grade for each week the assignment is late. If a student needs to work or be gone for the week for some reason, just email us or call and it will not be counted as an unexcused absence. All work must be done by the end of the seventh week.
E. Injury: In case of injury to the horse, the student needs to send us a veterinary statement saying the horse cannot be used in class along with a prediction on the next time the horse can be ridden. In case of injury to the student, we need a note from a doctor saying the student cannot ride and a prediction on the next time the student can ride.
F. Academic Honesty: Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. This applies to both tests and assignments. Students are expected to complete their own assignments and submit their own work. Students who use or provide others with access to computer materials will be held responsible for their actions. Assignments cannot just be scanned or copied word-for-word out of the book; you must write the answers in your own words.
Every effort has been made in the writing of this class to present accurate and up-to-date information based on the best available resources. The use and results of this information depend on a variety of factors not under control of the instructors in the class. The author of this class also realizes that the information is subject to change from year to year. Therefore, neither the author nor the instructor for the class assumes any responsibility for, nor makes any warranty with respect to, results that may be obtained from the information taught in this class. Neither Global Equine Academy nor its owners shall be liable for any information contained in this class, whether with respect to taxation, liability, contractual agreements, or by reason of any misstatement or inadvertent error contained in the class.
X. Accommodation for Disability
Students with disabilities who believe they may need an accommodation in this course are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Disability Services at 701-483-2999 in the Academic Success Center to ensure that accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.
XI. Course Communication
Students are required to use university email accounts for official correspondence in the course.
XII. GEA and (DSU) is committed to providing a positive respectful and productive work and learning environment free from behavior, actions or language constituting harassment to all employees, students, and visitors. Harassment is a form of offensive treatment or behavior which, to a reasonable person, creates an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or learning environment. It may be sexual, racial, based on gender, national origin, age, disability, religion or a person's sexual orientation. Sexual misconduct is prohibited in all forms, regardless of intent to harm. Sexual assault, sexual exploitation, coercion and sexual harassment are examples of sexual misconduct, and all are prohibited.
XIII. Students should report incidents or information related harassment and sexual misconduct. The DSU Campus Violence / Sexual Harassment Policy and reporting guidelines are found in the DSU Student Handbook. Campus-wide policy dissemination is required by federal law and implementation of this policy is guided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.
XIV. Online Guided Instruction Time Estimates
Quiz- 11 occurrences- 20 minutes each 220 minutes
Exam- 2 riding videos 2 hours each 240 minutes
Midterm or Final- final video 120 minutes
Informal class writing - logs and positions 15 minutes x 10 times 150 minutes
Completed Guided Field Observation- Industry & shadow 120 minutes
Consult with Instructor or Read Comment- 15 times 20 minutes each 300 minutes
Watched video- 3 hours 180 minutes
Read online lecture- 40 pages 10 minutes each 400 minutes
Riding time- 60 x 35= 2100/2 1,050 minutes
No textbook reading time included in this estimate.
Total minutes- 2,619 minutes of class time.
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