A conference covering horse health is being hosted at the West Wing at Ickworth near Bury St Edmunds on 26 and 27 April. Open to all, the varied programme will be of interest to equine students, lecturers, horse owners, yard managers and other equine professionals.

Presentations — given by leading experts in the equestrian world — cover subjects such as feeding horses, diseases of the horse, caring for the geriatric horse and equine biomechanics.

The results of a study comparing the early training of horses using natural horsemanship — sometimes referred to as Horse Whispering techniques — compared to traditional methods will be discussed.

Another dramatic subject to be covered is that of horse emergency rescues.

Depending on the type of accident, many emergencies involving horses require specialist assistance from the fire service and vets.

Jim Green, animal rescue specialist and Professor Josh Slater from the Royal Veterinary College will explain how emergency situations involving horses should be managed.

In his talk entitled “The History and the Mystery of the Equine Pelvis” Cambridge University clinical veterinary anatomist Dr David Bainbridge, will discuss how, lying deep inside an animal and rarely directly observed, the pelvis is an ancient structure, heavily modified in the horse, yet holding the key to the stability of the entire body.

Professor Duncan Hannant’s talk “New and reemerging infectious diseases: how do they occur?” discusses the many ways by which infectious diseases may spread from animals to man (and vice-versa) and from region to region.

For further information go to www.equinestudies.co.uk/events, telephone 01787 282 123 or email info@equinestudies.co.uk