Published: 26/11/2014 12:49:03
Saddle Research Trust Conference and research workshop a huge success
Following the hugely successful Saddle Research Trust 2nd International Conference in Cambridge at the end of November, the AHT hosted a two day Research Workshop at its home in Newmarket.
The Research Workshop aimed to discuss what can be achieved in terms of understanding and improving saddle, horse and rider interaction, with 41 people attending to share their experience in the investigation of saddles and their effect on horse health. The two day Workshop produced recommended protocols and training for all equine professionals.
A key player in the development of saddle research thanks to the work of Dr Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the AHT and PhD student Line Greve, the Animal Health Trust is passionate about sharing knowledge with others to improve the health and welfare of all horses.
Dr Sue Dyson said, “The Workshop highlighted an urgent need to improve the standards of saddle fitting and for all professionals to recognise ill-fitting saddles and their consequences. The Conference and the Workshop will help to create better training systems.”
You can read what Annie Pollock, Saddle Research Trust Trustee, had to say about both the Conference and the Workshop.
The Workshop followed on from the second Saddle Research Trust International Conference hosted in Cambridge on Saturday 29 November, where two esteemed winners of the Animal Health Trust’s Equestrian Awards Veterinary Award were in attendance.
The Conference brought together leading veterinary and scientific experts to examine the latest research on saddle-related equine welfare and performance issues and hear how results of new research affect horses and riders. It is the only event of its kind held worldwide.
Speakers included Dr. Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust, who discussed the changing back shape and saddle management, what causes saddle slip and the implications of saddle fit. Sue is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopaedics, and is a key member of the AHT’s veterinary team who has helped hundreds of horse owners understand and treat their horses’ conditions through the AHT’s first-class equine referral clinic. Sue was awarded the prestigious Veterinary Award for her outstanding contribution to equine orthopaedics at the Equestrian Awards 2013.
Sue said, “I encounter saddle-related problems on a daily basis and feel that it is hugely important that the riding public is made aware of these problems and how they could be improved. This conference gives a tremendous opportunity for exchange of information.”
Also in attendance at the Conference was Dr. Pat Harris, who over the past 30 years has helped to move the health and welfare of horses in terms of their nutrition to new levels. Pat completed her PhD at the Animal Health Trust into the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome, and is a Past President of the British Equine Veterinary Association. Another Veterinary Award winner, Pat was given the honours at the recent 2014 Equestrian Awards.
The morning programme explored the impact that horse, saddle and rider have on each other. During the afternoon various renowned international experts examined the kinematics of the equine back and neck, the effects of saddle design and function and influence of the rider and the practical application of science.
Find out more about the Animal Health Trust's research investigating the relationship between saddle, horse and rider here.
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