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Enhancing Horse Welfare and Improving Rider Relationships through Research and Expertise

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News release: FEI Sports Forum

ISES commends FEI for adopting the 5 domains framework for its welfare strategy and emphasizes the importance of evidence-based decision-making in horse welfare matters.

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Annual General Meeting 2024 

Join our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 28th, 2024, featuring three captivating guest speakers discussing crucial equine science topics. To participate, become a member today!

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Exclusive sneak peek from our honorary and founding fellows Part 4

Dr. Frank¬†√Ėdberg's recent update addresses the persistent problem of hyperflexion in equine sports, which has adverse effects on horse welfare and the reputation of the sport. The Collectif Pour les Chevaux is leading efforts to enhance horse well-being in warm-up areas, with an invitation extended to all stakeholders to prioritize horse protection. Dr.¬†√Ėdberg¬†emphasises¬†the shared responsibility of the equine community in safeguarding horses and promoting equine well-being.

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Exclusive sneak peek from our honorary and founding fellows Part 4

Dr. Frank¬†√Ėdberg's recent update addresses the persistent problem of hyperflexion in equine sports, which has adverse effects on horse welfare and the reputation of the sport. The Collectif Pour les Chevaux is leading efforts to enhance horse well-being in warm-up areas, with an invitation extended to all stakeholders to prioritize horse protection. Dr.¬†√Ėdberg¬†emphasises¬†the shared responsibility of the equine community in safeguarding horses and promoting equine well-being.

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And just like that - the ISES Conference is over!

Read what Professor Nat Waran, one of the esteemed organisers of the 2024 ISES Conference has to say to wrap up the event.

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Are you a Practitioner member of ISES?

We’re looking for a current Practitioner member to share their experiences at our upcoming Annual General Meeting being held on May 28, 2024.  This year’s theme is Beyond the Bridle and we’re interested in hearing from practitioners who are innovative in their use of technology to improve the welfare and quality of lives of their horses, their clients’ horses or when helping clients. 

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Member giveaway winner!

Congratulations to FEIF - International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations for participating and winning in our recent members' survey!

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Conference information update

There is just 1 week left of Early Bird Rates! Read more about confirmed themes, plenary speakers and the Clever Hans Talk!

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Why 'Moody Mare' Memes Are a Problem

 

Ever laughed at those 'moody mare' videos? Think twice! Such content, intended as humour, perpetuates harmful stereotypes about mares being difficult, especially chestnuts. Dr. Antonia Henderson sheds light on why these videos aren’t just about laughs but have broader implications for horse welfare, owners, and the equine industry.

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New ISES Infographic

 

Delve into the narrative of the 2023 Grand National's equine welfare discourse, available to all seeking a comprehensive understanding beyond the race's surface.

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Sponsors confirmed for the ISES Conference 2024 in New Zealand

 

Our sponsors are instrumental in making this event possible, contributing significantly to the progress of equine welfare.

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Exclusive sneak peek from our honorary and founding fellows Part 6

 

Professor Jan Ladewig, drawing on 50 years of research, highlights historical mistreatment of domestic animals. Advocating for group housing for riding horses, he emphasises the similarities between domestic and wild animals. Acknowledging potential challenges, Ladewig underscores the importance of socialisation and training for young horses, creating safer riding experiences. He believes that improving housing conditions and preparation can make horseback riding less risky and more appealing, potentially reducing rider fear and dropouts.

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Exclusive sneak peek from our honorary and founding fellows Part 5

 

In an exclusive preview, Dr. Camie Heleski, one of our honorary fellows, sheds light on critical aspects of the equestrian world. Delving into topics such as the Social License to Operate, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility. Dr. Heleski emphasises the evolving landscape of equine welfare. As societal concerns rise, particularly around practices like whip use and inadequate horse care, there is a growing risk to the approval of equestrianism.

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New podcast alert!

In this engaging podcast, Dr. Jan Ladewig, Jody Hartstone, and Dr. Andrew McLean, discuss horse and human safety, covering topics like separation anxiety, safety statistics, and teaching horses key behaviours. They stress integrating these principles into organisational training, share practical tips, and delve into the future of safety in equestrianism, including learning theory and dispelling misconceptions about group housing for horses.

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Exclusive sneak peek from our honorary and founding fellows Part 4

Explore the expertise of Professor Frank √Ėdberg, a distinguished figure in applied ethology since 1968, as he delves into the intricate world of equine behaviour. With a passion for horses extending from academic research to active participation in dressage, Professor √Ėdberg advocates for ethical riding practices and addresses the global issue of hyperflexion in competition horses, offering nuanced insights and solutions.

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Exclusive sneak peek from our honorary and founding fellows Part 3

In a recent conversation with Dr. Camie Heleski, we received a delightful professional update. Camie is an honorary fellow of ISES and a prominent researcher on domestic animal behaviour and welfare. In this update, Camie describes her engagement in equine welfare as a member of the FEI Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission and discussions on Social License to Operate in equestrian sport. Camie also serves as a co-chair for the NAEAA DEI committee, focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion matters.

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ISES October Newsletter

 

Read what our President Dr. Katrina Merkies covers in her year in office, IT assistance request, upcoming conference, sponsorship opportunities, member achievements, a creative challenge, annual report, and a survey on horse problem behaviours.

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ISES offers 5 people up to £1000 to support travel costs towards the 2024 Annual Conference: New Zealand

Are you eager to attend the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference in New Zealand in 2024 but concerned about the costs? We have great news for you! ISES is offering travel grants to help individuals attend the upcoming conference.

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ISES Supports the Recommendations Made by the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission

The International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) has been in contact with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to support the recommendations made by the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission.

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New podcast alert!

Dr. Andrew McLean and Jody Hartstone share insights on the game-changing ISES 10 training principles in our new podcast.

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Exclusive sneak peek from our honorary and founding fellows Part 2

In a recent conversation with Dr. Debbie Goodwin, we received a delightful personal update from her. Debbie is co-founder of ISES and a prominent researcher on domestic animal behaviour and welfare.

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Exclusive sneak peek from our honorary and founding fellows Part 1

Professor Paul McGreevy shares personal updates and provides global resources for horse owners.

Professor McGreevy, Dr Kate Fenner, Dr Andrew Mclean and Professor James Serpell's E-BARQ questionnaire extends to ISES members and the equestrian community, offering invaluable information about your horse and other horses worldwide.

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ISES Infographics

ISES has recently launched a captivating series of infographics, available exclusively to members. Every two weeks, the members area will be updated with new, groundbreaking research episodes. Regardless of your level of expertise, these infographics are designed to enhance your understanding of equitation science.

This is exclusive to ISES members.

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The First ISES Podcast: Choosing your research subject

The International Society for Equitation Science has just released its first-ever podcast on the subject of choosing a research topic. This podcast offers insights and advice for researchers who want to make informed decisions about their research subjects.

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