International equestrian conference will ‘Bring Science to the Stable’

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Friday 07 December - 14h53 | Ian Clayton

International equestrian conference will ‘Bring Science to the Stable’

Horse-human relationships: Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going? Those are the central questions to be addressed at the 15th annual Equitation Science Conference next year, organized by the International Society for Equitation Science.

 - International equestrian conference will ‘Bring Science to the Stable’

Scheduled to take place from August 19–21, 2019 at the University of Guelph  – Canada’s largest and most renowned agricultural university and one of only five veterinary colleges in Canada – the international conference, whose theme is ‘Bringing Science to the Stable’, will “promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice to improve the welfare of horses in their associations with humans."

In Guelph, not far from Toronto in Southern Ontario, an extensive program of equestrian-related topics will be examined by a range of experts. Among them are: “Dr Jonaki Bhattachararyya (Ethnoecologist and Senior Researcher, Firelight Group) presenting a Canadian perspective with a focus on the cultural relationship between wild horses and indigenous peoples. Keynote speakers include Dr Sandra Olsen (Curator-in-Charge, Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, University of Kansas) presenting a world perspective on our social evolution with horses, Dr Camie Heleski (Senior Lecturer, University of Kentucky) covering current Equitation Science trends and discoveries, and Dr Nic de Brauwere (Head of Welfare, Rehabilitation and Education, Redwings Horse Sanctuary) giving an overview of how behaviour change into the future can improve equine welfare.”

Additionally, Dr Katrina Merkies (Associate Professor, University of Guelph) and Dr Cordelie DuBois will present the Canadian Codes of Practice and welfare assessment techniques. And business entrepreneurs of sophisticated technology to measure biophysical aspects of ridden and handled horses will showcase their products. Finally, on the conference’s practical day, delegates will have an opportunity to try their hand at large animal rescue with Rusti, a 600-pound horse mannequin. In Guelph, conference attendees can also visit the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada and the McRae house, birthplace of the author of the famous World War I poem “In Flanders Fields.”

The International Society for Equitation Science's first workshop, devoted to Equitation Science, was held at the Veterinary School of the University of Edinburgh in 2004.  Photo below of Johnston Hall at the University of Guelph (U. of G.).

 - International equestrian conference will ‘Bring Science to the Stable’


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