Plans Underway for 2018 Equitation Science Conference

Organizers are hoping to invite some first-time guests into the lecture halls this year’s equitation science conference: horses.
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Plans for the 2018 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference are underway, and organizers are hoping to invite some first-time guests into the lectures this year: horses.

Conference organizer Angelo Telatin, PhD, said having horses in the lecture halls will make the science really pertinent to all participants—fellow researchers, trainers, and horse owners alike.

“If we can have the horse right next to us during our presentations, we can really see, in real-time, what we’re talking about when we’re describing the effects of rein tension, for example,” he said. “Or we can compare body condition scores on live horses, right there for all participants to see for themselves. Or we can demonstrate principles of learning theory, showing how a horse might learn something new within a few minutes.”

Having horses in the conference room also would allow participants to get active, real-time answers to many of their practical questions, Telatin said: “What if we did this, or what if we did that? If the horse is right there, well, we can just find out

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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