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The 4th meeting of the “International Network Equine Science” will take place on 22nd and 23rd of October 2018 at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Velp, the Netherlands and is entitled “EQUINE FUTURE- challenging perceptions”. The equine industry is under pressure- more media attention about the future of breeding, the welfare of horses, the training practices of riders and the equine industry in general forces the industry to challenge long held perceptions within and outside of the sector. Science and innovation need to help the industry to prepare for the future. Students and supervisors from the Universities (of Applied Sciences) that are part of the network and the general public will have the opportunity to discuss recent research on Technology, Welfare, Management and Sustainability around and of the horse(s).
The first day of the conference (22nd of October 2018) will be only accessible for students and professors as well as alumni of the animal programs of Van Hall Larenstein. In different workshops they will discuss the future of different equine areas with one another concerning feeding, research, welfare, use of technology and sustainability. How is the equine industry developing and how can research help to future proof the equine industry.
In the afternoon the students and professors will continue with a practical part in which they will look at different technologies that can be used in training and research and will see, discuss and test their applicability. Technologies as activity trackers or other wearables, movement sensors, heart rate monitors, simulators, flexchair and pressure mats will be shown to the audience.
The second day of the conference (23rd of October 2018) will be open to the public. Interested experts and the general equine community are welcome to listen and discuss the presentations of students of all participating universities clustered around different important equine topics. Next to presentations and posters of the scientific work of the students the outcomes of the first network day will also be presented during this day.
We are looking forward to many participants,
Hans van Tartwijk & Annika Rettig
Equine Sports & Business