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Equitation Science Conference Underway

October 2018

The 14th International Society of Equitation Science conference has begun! The world’s leading equine and welfare scientists have gathered in Rome to share their latest research at the 14th International Equitation Science Conference. This year’s ISES conference features one of the most exciting and varied programmes to date, with over 140 different plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations, workshops and practical demonstrations exploring the best of what’s new in equine science.

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

September 2018

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.

Nosebands: New Zealand votes to amend rules

August 2018

At their recent National Conference, Dressage New Zealand (DNZ) voted to amend the noseband rule which now states: "It must be possible to place one finger comfortably between the noseband and the nasal planum (front of the nose)". Whilst not quite the two-finger spacing that was originally submitted by North Island Riders Representative Alicia Zeludlko and Jody Hartstone with the support of area group Dressage Bay of Plenty, changing the place where noseband tightness is checked is a huge step in the right direction towards welfare improvements in their sport.

Results Are In on the Horse Identification and Traceability Survey

July 2018

A NSW survey of over 2000 horse owners shows 91% are in support of a national horse database. The need for a national database is one of the issues raised by the tragic death of Sarah Waugh who died while undertaking a jillaroo training course at Dubbo TAFE in 2009. The incident sparked a coronial inquiry and raised many questions regarding the lack of regulation in the horse industry.

Biological Worm Control: An Australian Innovation Now a Reality

June 2018

BioWorma has been dubbed a game-changer in worm control. It is a biological worm control product, which has the potential to save graziers and horse owners time and money - both through limiting stock losses and also reducing the need for chemical drenches for cattle, sheep, goats and horses. After more than 20 years of research and development, Australian farmers and horse owners will be the first in the world to access this new product which has just been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Danish Set a Limit to Noseband Tightness

April 2018

A study led by veterinarian Mette Uldahl during 2014 and 2015, which examined 3,143 Danish horses after their competition performance found almost 290 had lesions or blood on the commisures of the lips. The risk of mouth lesions increased the tighter the noseband was fitted.  The findings have been accepted for publication in Equine Veterinary Journal, and have resulted in the Danish Riding Federation establishing a limit for noseband tightness across all disciplines.

Equitation Science Focuses on Collaboration at International Conference

January 2018

When trying to instigate change for the betterment of horses and people, to challenge long-held beliefs and values, and to introduce new checks and balances to sacred traditions, it is a brave pioneer who dares to peep above the parapet and lead the way. But, the best pioneers are also able to harness the power of collaboration and prove the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A common theme echoed throughout the recent International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference Down Under 2017, which took place in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, is what ISES Hon Fellow, Prof.

How to Play the Breeder's Cup Lasix

December 2017

Since pre-race Lasix is allowed in America, the drug is listed on the program so the players (punters) can effectively parlay the Lasix horses.   Having practised as an attending Thoroughbred and Standardbred veterinarian back in the day, and subsequently following the medication notes on the forms of racehorses through time, I developed a sense of how to 'play the Lasix'.   I know better than to gamble where so many permitted drugs are allowed - with so many unknown consequences.   Highland Reel is getting Lasix and so will be favoured over Ulysses in the Turf.

Australian Harness Racing Leads the World in Welfare Reform

February 2017

Harness Racing Australia is banning the use of whips to urge horses to the finish line from 1 September, 2017 in a world-leading equine welfare initiative that improves the industry’s image and enhances its sustainability. The decision sets the pace in animal welfare, and for the long-term support and sustainability of the industry. It also aligns with high expectations of the community, fans, and industry participants in harness racing. The announcement makes Australia the first country in the world to voluntarily take such meaningful action.

We recommend: Horses Hate Surprise Parties

December 2016

Horses Hate Surprise Parties: Equitation Science for Young Riders is the first book to present the scientific principles behind horse training in a simple and easy to understand format. Suitable for both young and not so young riders, the book provides clear explanations of horse behaviour and an easy to follow blueprint for training on the ground and under saddle. 

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