International Equitation Science Conference

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Location

University of Guelph

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The theme for this year’s conference is “Bringing Science to the Stable”, highlighting our past relationship with horses and examining where we are headed.

Join our line-up of thought-provoking speakers as we journey through history and into the present, supporting and challenging the way we interact with horses through scientific research.

  • Dr. Sandra Olsen (Curator-in-Charge, Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, University of Kansas) will trace how our relationship with horses began.
  • Dr. Camie Heleski (Senior Lecturer, University of Kentucky) will describe the field of Equitation Science and what we have learned about horse-human relationships.
  • Dr. Nic de Brauwere (Head of Welfare and Behaviour, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, UK) will discuss how human behaviour change into the future can improve equine welfare.
  • Dr. Andrew McLean (Equitation Science International, Australia) will present similarities and differences in the application of learning theory across species.

The ever-popular Clever Hans talk will be hosted on Monday evening with guest speaker Dr. Jonaki Bhattacharyya, Ethnoecologist and Senior Researcher with Firelight Group. Dr. Bhattacharyya has spent time in the interior of British Columbia, observing the wild horses and their impact on the land and interactions with the indigenous peoples. She will highlight how modern research can fit into other ways of knowing and approaches to managing both wild and domestic horses.

The third day of the conference is the practical day, which features demonstrations and seminars from equine behaviourists, technology entrepreneurs and saddle fitting experts.

Registered delegates can also attend two free pre-conference workshops on Sunday, August 18. Cristina Wilkins and Kate Fenner (Australia) will workshop on how to communicate scientific information to equestrian communities. Dr. Marc Pierard (Belgium) will lead a discussion in describing equine behaviours for the equine ethogram.  Also featured on the Sunday is the large animal rescue training (additional fee applies). Space in this hands-on workshop is limited, so be sure to register early. Early bird conference registration pricing is available until June 1. After that date regular conference fees apply.

Check back regularly to the Horse Portal for updates, sneak peaks, and local information!

For additional information, email ISES2019@uoguelph.ca.