The International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) is calling for research abstracts to showcase at the 12th ISES conference, to be held at the French national horse-riding school of Saumur.

Abstracts sought include topics such as understanding a horse’s learning and cognitive abilities to improve training. Image by Rama. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 fr.

This year’s conference theme is “Understanding horses to improve training and performance”, and will incorporate ethological methods to optimise rider-horse-communication.

Topics wanted

ISES is especially encouraging submissions in the following areas:

  • health and safety of horses and riders during training
  • improving performance across disciplines through acknowledgement of a horse’s temperament and learning abilities
  • understanding a horse’s learning and cognitive abilities to improve training
  • understanding and measuring working horses’ welfare
  • means to reach and communicate with riders on equitation science

All topics of interest to equitation science will be considered.

Enhancing welfare and relationships

ISES is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to facilitate research into the training of horses to enhance horse welfare and improve the horse-rider relationship.

For more information about the conference, venue and programme, visit

Those interested in submitting abstracts should download submission guidelines for reference. Further enquiries should be directed to

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