Early bird registration for the 2013 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference has been extended until May 31.

This year’s ISES conference, with the theme of “Embracing Science to Enhance Equine Welfare and Horse-Human Interactions,” will be hosted by the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania and will take place July 18-20. Delegates will have to opportunity to hear more than 30 oral presentations and view 25 posters presented by academics, scientists, and researchers from 25 different institutions located in 13 countries.

Keynote topics and presenters will include:

  • Natalie Waran, BSc (Hons), PhD, and Hayley Randle, PhD—Advancing evidence based practice & learning in equitation
  • Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR, MRCVS—Research on the Rider-Saddle-Horse Interface
  • Jan Ladewig, DVM, PhD—What about the other 23 hours? How does what we do during the other hours when we are not training impact behavior and welfare?
  • Andrew McLean, PhD, and Paul McGreevy, BVSc, MRCVS, PhD, MACVSc—Arousal, Affective State, and Attachment

Attendees at this year’s ISES conference will also receive the most advanced science and practical information addressing the themes of:

  • Sports psychology aspects of the horse-human interaction;
  • Getting the message out about equitation science and learning theory (outreach and education methods);
  • How is the horse’s welfare impacted by what happens when not in training;
  • Validating measurement tools in equitation science;
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