The 9th International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference, this year located in the United States, kicks off Thursday, July 18, and continues through July 20. This year’s conference theme is “Embracing Science to Enhance Equine Welfare and Horse-Human Interactions,” and The Horse staffers will be in attendance to bring you all the latest equitation science news and research.

Conference co-chair, Camie Heleski, PhD, said, “This conference is open not only to scientists in the field of equitation science, but practitioners who hope to enhance their understanding of the field. If you are a horse trainer, lesson instructor, veterinarian, farrier or other equine practitioner with a passion for enhancing the welfare of horses in their interactions with humans, this is the conference for you! You will have three days to interact with like-minded participants, and I assure you, you will leave the conference motivated to spread the word and learn more about how the correct application of learning theory (training psychology) can enhance the welfare of horses and the safety of those who work with them.”

The conference will feature keynote addresses on varying themes, including "Advancing Evidence Based Practice and Learning in Equitation" and "What About the Other 23 hours?" among others.

The former lecture will be co-presented by Natalie Waran, BSc (Hons), PhD, and Hayley Randle, PhD. Waran explains, "Examples of our reliance on dogma, or ‘the way it was always done’ can be found in almost every profession, even when those practices are contradicted by new and improved i