The countdown to the 14th International Society
of Equitation Science conference has begun
In a few days’ time the world’s leading equine scientists will gather in Rome
to share their latest research at the 14th International Equitation Science

This year’s ISES conference features one of the most exciting and varied
programmes to date, with over 140 different plenary lectures, oral and poster
presentations, workshops and practical demonstrations exploring the best of
what’s new in equine science.

The conference theme is Equine welfare: good training, good feeding, good
housing, good mental states, good health and good behaviour. Whether you
are an equine student, professional, owner or enthusiast the wealth of
research to be presented will undoubtedly be thought-provoking.
The four day programme begins with two innovative workshops:
Kate Fenner will be giving delegates the chance to be involved with the
development of her ongoing Equine Behaviour Assessment and Research
Questionnaire (E-BARQ). Attendees will discover how E-BARQ can benefit
different areas of the equestrian community and make positive, lasting
impacts on horse welfare.

Paolo Baragli, Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy,
will be exploring emerging technologies and methods to analyse heart rate
variability (HRV) in equines. Used correctly, HRV analysis can be a powerful
diagnostic tool, helping to measure stress levels, fitness and heart health,
potentially giving valuable insight into equine welfare.

After a packed programme of plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations,
the last day of the conference promises plenty of informative practical

Dr Sue McDonnell, Adjunct Professor and Head of the Equine Behaviour
Program at the University of Pennsylvania will be giving advice on how to
keep horses comfortable during healthcare procedures and rehabilitate those
who have learned aversions. Some of the most common horse behaviour
problems are related to healthcare and examination procedures, such as
injections, lifting limbs and taking temperatures. Dr McDonnell will
demonstrate how to ensure these procedures are easier for both horse and
handler, how to avoid creating further problems, and how to instead reinforce
relaxation and compliance.

Dr Barbara Padalino, Assistant Professor at the University of Bari and Hong
Kong will teach delegates how to assess horse fitness for transport, which is
compulsory in many live animal transportation regulations worldwide. Dr
Padalino will demonstrate some simple health checks that horse owners and
caretakers can carry out themselves to reduce the risk of transport related

Dr Pat Harris, Head of the Waltham Equine Studies Group will be discussing
the importance of using a Body Condition Score (BCS) system to identify
equines at risk of obesity related health problems. Delegates will learn how to
carry out a BCS in a consistent and uniform way so that veterinary advice
and appropriate changes in management can be made as soon as possible.
Angelo Telatin, Ass. Professor, Department of Equine Science, Delaware
Valley University, United States, and Marco Pagliai, Addestramento
Etologico, San Marcello Pistoiese, Italy, will both be demonstrating how you
can use the principles of learning to improve communication with your horse,
either when riding or training your horse from the ground at liberty, thereby
avoiding the confusion and stress that leads to behaviour problems and poor

Rebecca Gimenez of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue will be
demonstrating how barn fire evacuation procedures can be improved with
training and practice. Unfortunately, fire prevention and response information
often fails to address strategies recommended by fire service personnel for
equine facilities. This demonstration will provide practical, tested methods for
reducing evacuation times.

ISES Hon. President and Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Janne
Winther Christensen is looking forward to this year’s conference. “We have a
number of exciting presentations related to the cornerstones for good horse
welfare. I look forward to seeing you in beautiful Rome!’

Keep up to date with the all the latest news before, during and after the
conference on social media by following #ISESROME2018

Tickets are now on sale and will be available until the conference begins on
September 21st. Tickets are available at a discounted rate to ISES members.
For more information about the programme, speakers, venue,
accommodation and tourist information, please visit the conference website
Join us in Rome this September for ISES 2018 for a slice of ‘La Dolce

The conference is open to anyone and is a unique platform for the exchange
of ideas, results and collaboration. Whatever your particular area of interest,
the wealth of research to be presented at the 2018 ISES ROME conference
will undoubtedly be thought-provoking.

It is a unique opportunity for attendees to share information, keep up to date
with cutting-edge research and discuss the presentations directly with the

For more information about the conference, keynote speakers, venue,
accommodation and tourist information please visit the conference website:

To stay informed about the conference programme, sign up for our email
news at and like the ISES Facebook page for
updates. If you are a current ISES member, you can also request to join the
discussions on the closed Facebook group, ISES Members Forum.

The International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) is a not-for-profit
organisation that aims to facilitate research into the training of horses to
enhance horse welfare and improve the horse-rider relationship.

For more information contact:
ISES Hon. President
Janne Winther Christensen

ISES Media Officer
Kate Fenner
Save the date of August 19-21 for the 2019 ISES conference being held in
Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The theme of "Bringing science to the stable" will
explore our relationship with horses through the past, present and future.
Check the website for conference updates