Scientific papers at the 11th International Equitation Science conference come from Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Egypt, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, China, Japan, France, Brazil, and Sweden.
The theme Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges is reflected in topics that include round pen training techniques, therapeutic riding horses, learning theory in equine veterinary practice, and papers that compare and contrast horse welfare across different disciplines.
The emotional state of animals is explored in papers addressing temperament assessments, eye wrinkles and wither scratching/neck patting responses from horses under saddle. In addition, there are thought provoking questions such as “is it possible to judge if a horse is a happy athlete?”
Training techniques and equipment are presented in papers addressing hyperflexion, the use of artificial aids by riders, rein tension in a variety of applications, bitless bridles, saddle pad thickness, stirrup length, nose twitching and target training.
Presentations will also explore how Equitation Science is understood (or not), factors affecting performance in competition, and a variety of rider influences including both mental and physical components.
The International Society for Equitation Science conference offers an outstanding international platform for scientists and professional practitioners to present and discuss research related to the field of equitation science.
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