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Frequently Asked Questions

A Can I conduct research for ISES?

ISES is currently not conducting research but supports research efforts and promotes research findings that align with the ISES Mission. Students are supported with research awards and ISES volunteers to provide anonymous peer-review for reports and grant applications in this domain. ISES coordinates international research activities and facilitates the consensus on standardised methodologies in Equitation Science.

If you have an idea for research within the Equitation Science discipline that you wish to discuss further, you can contact the research office via


A Can I work for ISES?

ISES is a not-for-profit organisation supported by individuals who volunteer time and resources to improve equine welfare. If you feel you have time and the expertise to offer ISES, contact the ISES secretary via


A Can ISES recommend coaches and trainers?

Regrettably ISES is not in a position to recommend trainers or coaches at this point in time, although we soon hope to have an ISES accredited list of trainers that adhere to the ten training principles that we promote.


A Can ISES recommend university courses offering equine and equitation science degrees?

ISES is currently reviewing an accreditation process of equitation courses, organisations and practitioners who deliver the science of horse training (ISES First Principles, 2010).


A How can I become a member of ISES?

You can become a member of ISES by visiting our Membership page on this website.

If you have any questions, contact our membership secretary via


A What is Equitation Science?

Equitation science promotes an objective, evidence-based understanding of the welfare of horses during training and competition by applying valid, quantitative scientific methods that can identify what training techniques are ineffective or may result in equine suffering. Equitation Science uses a multidisciplinary approach to explain horse training, for example from a learning theory perspective that removes anthropomorphism and emotiveness.