Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Equine Welfare at the forefront of the 10th ISES conference in Denmark

Last week three members of the Royal (Dick) Vet School including JMICAWE Director Prof Nat Waran, Bryony Waggett (Equine Science teaching Fellow) and Gemma Pearson (Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Equine Practice), travelled to Denmark to deliver papers and Chair at the 10th  International Society for Equitation Science annual Conference.

With the overall topic focused on Equine stress, learning and training, with scientific themes covering: Interpretation of equine stress responses, Learning and cognition and Sustainable training and riding, the conference attracted some 230 delegates from various continents with scientists travelling from Australia, US and Europe to hear three days worth of excellent papers as well as a half day practical session.

During the event, our JMICAWE Director was extremely flattered to be invited to become an Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science, in recognition of her significant contribution to the development of the field and continuing work towards enhancing awareness of the importance of putting the welfare of the horse first and before any performance goals.

‘I felt extremely humbled when I was asked to be an Honorary Fellow of ISES, and of course it was something I was very happy to accept.  It is important to keep the momentum we have gained in this emerging research area, continuing with the work of putting the welfare of the horse first. The society offers an ideal platform for encouraging and disseminating evidence based information to ensure that issues associated with use of the horse for performance and recreation are addressed and equine welfare is accepted as the key priority’ Prof Nat Waran

Details about the event can be seen here:

The International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) is a not-for-profit learned society that aims to facilitate research into the training of horses to enhance horse welfare and improve the horse-rider relationship. The ISES mission is to promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice, which will ultimately improve the welfare of horses in their associations with humans.

ISES runs international conferences that serve as platforms where latest research findings and their application in practice can be communicated and discussed. ISES also provides a pool of expertise for international bodies and academic institutions that approach ISES with questions related to horse behaviour, training and welfare.

Delegates in session at the 10th ISES Conference



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