How equitation science can elucidate and refine horsemanship techniques.

Goodwin, D., McGreevy, P.D., Waran, N, McLean, A.N., 2009. How equitation science can elucidate and refine horsemanship techniques. The Veterinary Journal 181, 5–11.   Abstract The long-held belief that human dominance and equine submission are key to successful training and that the horse must be taught to ‘respect’ the trainer infers that force is often…

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ISES Conference, Saumur, DAY 1

We’re here in Saumur and at the end of Day 1 of the International Society of Equitation Science conference.   The French National Riding School is a beautiful venue with arenas galore and beautiful horses everywhere. The conference takes place in a lovely big indoor arena with wooden architecture, high ceilings, and gorgeous arched skylights.…

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ISES conference, Saumur, DAY 2

Day 2 of the International Society for Equitation Science conference was the practical day where we were treated to various demonstrations of equitation science in practice. It was held in the main arena, clad with gold framed mirrors, chestnut wooden side boards, and a chandelier in the centre. Not a bad place to spend the…

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ISES Conference, Saumur, DAY 3

The final day of the International Society for Equitation Science conference in Saumur was spent back in the lecture arena. After the social evening the night before most of us were looking a little weary, so we were hoping for something to kick start our minds first up and Nathalie Crevier-Denoix did not disappoint. Nathalie…

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