ISES MEDIA RELEASES

Horse owners are routinely putting rugs (blankets) on their horses all year round, however new research suggests that certain types of rug could be causing them to overheat.

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New research has found that introducing the bit to a young horse for the first time can be a stressful process for them. However, this stress could be difficult for most people to identify, as the horse may not show visible stress behaviours.

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A new study suggests that non-nutritive licking and chewing behaviour is a natural behaviour that is shown after a stressful situation.

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New research has found that horses have similar learning progress and remember a task just as well, when they are trained every three days.

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This September, the world’s leading equine scientists will gather at the 14th annual International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Rome to share their latest research findings and discuss what constitutes a good life for horses.

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The question asked by Equus Education (NZ) Ltd, a small team of dedicated ladies in New Zealand is what foundation training at an early age can do to help these horses adapt to the challenges thrust upon them and to make the job of handling and training them as they start their career safer and easier for both the horses and their handlers.

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September 21–24, 2018

Equine welfare: good training, good feeding, good housing, good mental state, good health, good behaviour. Research focusing on any of those topics or on how to assess equine welfare is welcome. 

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Take a moment to think about what the term ‘equine welfare’ means to you. Does it describe the animal’s physical condition or does it speak more widely of the animal’s ethology, such as whether it has the opportunity to express natural, species-specific behaviours? Does it mean something deeper still, perhaps delving into the subjective realms of equine happiness, contentment, joy?

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When trying to instigate change for the betterment of horses and their jockeys, to challenge long held beliefs and values and to introduce new checks and balances to sacred traditions it is a brave pioneer who dares to peep above the parapet and lead the way...

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Ask a veterinarian, a judge and a farrier to describe a particular horse and you might get three very different answers. Show them a set of behaviours and ask them to name and characterise them and you might well believe they were observing different horses altogether. This might be amusing as a party game, but when it comes to discussing behaviour at a scientific level or to comparing one behaviour study with another, it presents a unique set of problems...

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