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Equitation Science 150 years after Caprilli: Theory and Practice, the Full Circle

September 2018 by Horses and People Magazine

On September 21 the world’s leading equine scientists, students and practitioners will gather in Rome for the 14th annual International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference. This year’s theme of Equine welfare: good training, good feeding, good housing, good mental state, good health, good behaviour will be addressed by equitation scientists presenting their latest research findings in a packed programme of plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations, workshops and practical demonstrations.

What constitutes good welfare for the horse is the subject of much debate within the horse world and everyday discussion is often based on subjective opinion rather than scientific research. Equitation science provides a means for us to objectively assess the welfare of horses in all aspects of their life.

Each year, the ISES conference has introduced ground-breaking research to a critical audience. It is a unique opportunity for attendees to share information, keep up to date with cutting-edge research and discuss the presentations directly with the authors.

The conference marks the anniversary of Federico Capprilli and is aptly titled: Equitation Science 150 years after Caprilli: Theory and Practice, the Full Circle

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This Year, a number of plenary lectures will be given by world renowned speakers to represent each aspect of the conference theme. Each plenary will be supported by a series of shorter presentations which have been carefully selected to further represent the individual themes. These oral presentations will be made by equitation science researchers who will introduce and discuss their latest research.

On the theme of Good Training and Good Behaviour ISES Hon. President and Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Janne Winther Christensen, will be opening the scientific programme with a plenary speech on the role of stress in equine learning, giving us a broader understanding of how we can find more effective ways to train our horses. 

On the theme of Good Health Dr Martine Hausberger, Director of Research at the French National Research Center will discuss how a horse’s behaviour and posture can give us information about their work and the condition of their back. Still on the theme of health, Dr Sue McDonnell, Adjunct Professor and Head of the Equine Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania will be sharing her insight into how to determine whether equine behaviour problems are behavioural, pain-related or both.

The study of animal emotion is becoming an area of increasing interest for animal behaviour and welfare scientists. Addressing this year’s theme of Good Emotion will be Dr Elisabetta Palagi from the University of Pisa who will explore the emotional connections that create the basis of equine social life.

On the theme of Good Feeding Professor Pat Harris, Head of the Waltham Equine Studies Group will discuss how to objectively assess if a horse or pony is obese and whether you should be worried if they are.

Closing the scientific programme, will be a session looking at how to Assess Horse Welfare. Emanuela Valle - Assistant professor at Torino University, Dr Barbara Padalino - Assistant Professor at the University of Bari and Hong Kong, and Michela Minero - Associate Professor at the University of Milan will be presenting a plenary lecture looking at the four welfare principles of AWIN: the welfare assessment protocol for horses.

The conference is open to anyone and is a unique platform for the exchange of ideas, results and collaboration. Whatever your particular area of interest, the wealth of research to be presented at the 2018 ISES ROME conference will, undoubtedly, be thought-provoking.

Tickets are now on sale and seating is limited to the first 300 bookings. Tickets are available at a discounted rate to ISES members.

For more information about the programme, speakers, venue, accommodation and tourist information please visit the conference website here: https://equitationscience.com/conferences/

Join us in Rome this September for ISES 2018 Rome, Equitation Science 150 Years After Caprilli: Theory and Practice, the Full Circle.

The conference is open to anyone and is a unique platform for the exchange of ideas, results and collaboration. Whatever your particular area of interest, the wealth of research to be presented at the 2018 ISES ROME conference will undoubtedly be thought-provoking.

For more information about the conference, keynote speakers, venue, accommodation and tourist information please visit the conference website: https://equitationscience.com/conferences/

To stay informed about the conference programme, sign up for our email news at www.equitationscience.com and like the ISES Facebook page for updates.

If you are a current ISES member, you can also request to join the discussions on the closed Facebook group, ISES Members Forum.