The organizers of the second Saddle Research Trust (SRT) International Conference, held at the end of November at Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, U.K., have declared the event a "resounding success."
Presenting to a full house of around 400 delegates from varied quarters of the equestrian industry, the world’s leading veterinary and scientific experts examined, discussed, and debated the latest research on saddle-related equine welfare and performance issues. Presenters, delegates and the conference sponsors—World Horse Welfare, the British Equestrian Federation, Amerigo Saddles, and Horse & Hound—commended the event as “excellent” and “a highly important step in the sharing of knowledge and expertise for the good of the horse.”
The conference saw leading vets, saddlers, and equine therapists joining professional riders and trainers, as well as leisure owners and riders, to hear international experts share their vast experience and debate their cutting edge research.
Anne Bondi, SRT director, began with an entertaining and thought-provoking look at horse, rider, and saddle interactions which highlighted some current and very relevant findings of health issues experienced by cyclists who spend hours in their saddles.
Sue Dyson, MA, Vet MB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, of the Animal Health Trust, in Newmarket, U.K., discussed the causes of saddle slip and the implications of hind limb lameness, as well as equine back and rider asymmetry. She went on to present the findings from studies undertaken with her PhD student, Line Greve, investigating changing back dimensions in ridden sports horse