Until horses learn to talk, we'll never fully understand what they are thinking and feeling. However, through the application of science and experience our knowledge of equine behaviour has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years.
Anybody involved in horses should make an effort to understand the behaviour – doing so can improve performance, eliminate problematic characteristics and, most importantly, improve the horse’s welfare.
This is why the BHS is excited to announce its 2015 Welfare Conference - Unlocking the Secrets of Horse Behaviour - which is being held on Thursday 22 October at Aintree Racecourse.
This year’s conference will be chaired by Professor Natalie Waran, Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. The impressive roster of speakers will ensure that there is something for everybody to learn and includes:
• Dr Joe Pagan of Kentucky Equine Research will be the keynote speaker, offering British delegates the rare chance to hear one of the world’s most eminent equine researchers.
• Dr Sebastian McBride will be presenting on his extensive research into equine stereotypical behaviour.
• Dr Matthew Leach of Newcastle University’s Centre for Behaviour and Evolution will talk about the development of The Horse Grimace Scale.
• Welfare veterinary surgeons Nic De Brauwere and Roxane Kirton of Redwings Horse Sanctuary will discuss the management of problem behaviours in both working horses and welfare cases.
• Renowned horseman and foundation horse trainer Jason Webb will provide a practical demonstration focusing on the retraining of racehorses.
Tickets cost just £30 each. As well as providing such an outstanding lineup of speakers, the ticket price also includes refreshments and lunch.
Book your place online now or contact the Welfare team on 02476 840517. Tickets are limited and we anticipate this event will sell out quickly.
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