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 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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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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Horse-training techniques that may defy the principles of learning theory and compromise welfare.

McLean, A., McGreevy, P.D., 2010. Horse-training techniques that may defy the principles of learning theory and compromise welfare. Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2010) 5, 187-195. Abstract This review considers some contemporary training and restraining techniques that may lead to confusion or abuse in ridden and non-ridden horses. As competitive equestrian sports boom, the welfare of…

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Habituation – 6 Ethical Ways to De-Spook Your Horse – Dr Andrew McLean

This article was featured in Horses and People Magazine, September 2018 issue. To view the article, click here: Habituation – 6 Ethical Ways to De-Spook Your Horse You can buy Horses and People magazine at Australian newsagents and selected stores in print, and on Zinio as a digital or e-magazine. Or order print copies here. To access Horses and People’s huge…

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From Little Trainers, Great Trainers Grow (Part 1) – Manuela McLean

This article was featured in Horses & People Magazine. To access the full article with images, visit: https://horsesandpeople.com.au/from-little-trainers-great-trainers-grow/   Teaching kids to train their ponies, and not just ‘ride them’, greatly boosts their confidence and learning. Kids as young as six easily learn and understand the basic principles of horse training, such as pressure-release, rewards,…

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Evolving protocols for research in equitation science.

Pierard, M., Hall, C., Kong von Borstel, C., Averis, A., Hawson, L., McLean, A., Nevison, C., Visser, K., McGreevy, P. 2015. Evolving protocols for research in equitation science. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 10, 255-266. Abstract Within the emerging discipline of Equitation Science, the application of consistent methodology, including robust objective measures, is required for sound…

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