Master Equine Manager Level II Functional Anatomy

Peggy Miller-Auwerda, Faculty, Animal Science


In Iowa there are 200,000 horses and 47,000 horse owners. The Master Equine Manager Program Level II consists of individual modules that are designed to provide in-depth training on specific topics to horses enthusiasts in order to increase the knowledge and skill in equine science, care and training; to increase the quality, competitiveness and economic potential of the Iowa horse industry; to allow horse owners to be able to make informed decisions from the multitude of information available; to develop a cadre of knowledgeable equine managers to assist ISUE in conducting educational programs and activities, and to develop a volunteer network for Youth and 4-H/FFA horse programs


·       Participants will become familiar with equine anatomy and how the structure relates to function.

·       Participants will understand the structure and physiology of the equine musculoskeletal system and its adaptations to athletic activity.

·       Participants will understand where movement begins and what its premises are

·       Participants will become familiar with the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and respiratory system


Participants had the opportunity to take part in a guided dissection of the anatomy of a horse. The systems and regions of the body were methodically investigated for understanding the horse’s natural form and function. These systems included the musculoskeletal system, lungs and respiratory system, excretory system, nervous system, endocrine system, reproductive system and skin

Outcome Statement:

Class participants were able to network, visit and learn from ISU faculty regarding the anatomical features of the horse. All participants were very satisfied with the program. Participant’s knowledge about horse’s anatomy and how anatomical features related to physiological functions increased as well as the relationship between organs, functional size, and pathology.  In addition participants felt they learned a new approach to diagnosing issues.


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