ASC106 Equine Industry and Welfare (8)

This subject will enable the student to understand the extent of the growing equine industry both in Australia and globally.  Throughout this subject students will gain a working understanding of industry governance and operating processes and procedures, including workplace health and safety, legal aspects and duty of care.  Common horse management and husbandry procedures will be examined and assessed in relation to globally agreed health and welfare indicators and codes of practice.  During this subject students will also be given the opportunity to examine Indigenous Australian Cultural Competence and consider how lessons learnt can be applied within the equestrian context. On successful completion of this subject students will be able to demonstrate a full understanding of the ethical considerations associated with the management of industry resources, namely horses, humans and land.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC106. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is primarily for students in the Bachelor of Equine Science and Bachelor of Equine Science (Business Management) courses.  Students studying other animal based courses may be admitted with the permission of the subject coordinator and their Course Director.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure, scope and contribution of and influences on the horse industry in Australia and globally;
  • be able to outline legal and ethical requirements associated within the equine and allied industries;
  • be able to review essential human occupational health and safety practices within the equine industry;
  • be able to describe and review the rationale behind common horse husbandry and management practices;
  • be able to recognise and assess critical equine health and welfare indicators necessary for good horse management; and
  • be able to identify the roles that Australian Indigenous people have had interacting with horses since European settlement.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Australian and global equine industries
  • Welfare and rehabilitation organisations for equids
  • The allied equine industries
  • Basic legal concepts, duty of care, safeguarding, laws, acts and codes of practice for equids
  • Occupational health and safety, risk assessment and standard operating procedures for working with equids
  • Record keeping for equine industries
  • Agistment and boarding of the equid
  • Horse management and husbandry procedures including land management, housing, feeding and basic care
  • Health and welfare indicators of the equid
  • Indigenous Australian influences on equine use and horse-human interaction


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.