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.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
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 by sourcing and using appropriate information resources 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 Indigenous Australian 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC106 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Indigenous issues online examination
Industry fact sheets
Welfare essay
Final examination

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Residential School provides the opportunity for ASC106 WD students to develop their practical skills in a similar fashion to those studying internally.  The students will develop skills required for the correct and safe management of horses and the environment in which they are working that can be applied to all parts of the equine industry.  The Residential School will include a wide range of practical activities involving hands-on working with a range of horses, laboratory sessions and workshops. The learning engaged in during this Residential School will enable students to fully engage in practical tasks and to properly develop their technical skills which will help to ensure their safety within the work place.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.