Saddlers will convene in Cambridge this weekend (Saturday 29 November) for the second international Saddle Research Trust conference.
The conference is themed “Horses, saddles and riders: Applying the Science” and is held at the Anglia Ruskin University.
“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,” said Dr Sue Dyson, who is head of equine clinical orthopaedics of the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust Newmarket.
Throughout the day Dr Sue Dyson will be discussing what causes saddle slip and the implications of saddle fit, Prof Christian Peham will discuss the movement of the horse’s back, Dr Katja von Peinen talks the effects of saddle design and function, Prof Lars Roepstorff will explore the influence of the rider, Anne Bondi is to talk about what is horse, saddle and rider interaction and Prof Rene van Weeren will discuss how we can apply science in the equine industry.
“It is all about the horse, the tack and the rider and the interplay between them,” said Prof Rene van Weeran.
“Those are the factors that determine, apart from performance of course, equine health and equine welfare, issues that lie at the heart of every horse lover and that become more and more important in present-day society. I am more than pleased and feel honoured to be able to contribute to this important meeting.”
Professor Hilary Clayton is looking forward to the conference.
“The first SRT Conference was the start of a new era in terms of understanding the horse/rider/saddle interaction and laying the groundwork for future initiatives aimed at improving horse health and welfare,” she said.
“I am greatly looking forward to the second SRT Conference to learn about the progress that has been made during the past two years and to discuss future progress in this important area.”
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