Managing horses: How science can aid in the practical care of equines

A particular highlight from the upcoming BSAS Annual Conference will be the Managing Horses session. Held on Thursday 11th April from 11am-12:10pm, this session will explore the role science can play in the practical aspects of equine management and care. 

The session can be complimented by booking a place on the Equine Tour to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, also on the 11th April, which includes a visit to the new equine vet surgery suite. The tour is a great opportunity to see the School’s cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment services and hear from professionals at the forefront of veterinary medicine. 

Managing Horses will be chaired by Dr Stephanie Wood, Senior Equine Technologist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Northern Ireland. We spoke to Dr Wood to discover what the session has in store for attendees.  

Could you tell us a bit about your own background – who you work for and what you do?

“My background is a combination of practical experience within the equine industry and academic studies in equine science, focusing on equine nutrition. I am currently responsible for managing knowledge transfer activities and training delivered to the equine industry in Northern Ireland, with the aim of advancing the industry forwards.”

What will this session focus on and what does it hope to address?

“The session on Managing Horses will focus on applying science to the practical situation of managing and caring for horses. The session will link scientific developments to improving equine husbandry.”

Who will be speaking at the session and what will they be talking about?

“There will be a range of topics covered in the Manging Horses session. Kate Hore from Natural Animal Feeds (NAF) will open the session by explaining the challenges that producers of supplements face and dispelling the myths surrounding these products. The following presentations will cover scoring systems for muscle development, stride characteristics of thoroughbreds, analysis of forage and the challenging area of equine euthanasia.”

What will audiences learn from attending this session?

“The session will facilitate in the production, management and performance of all equines.”

Who stands to benefit from attending this session?

“The session will be of value to students, academics and researchers with an interest in equine and all those involved in breeding, managing or producing horses, including veterinary professionals and para-professionals.”

To register for tickets and to find out more about the programme of speakers planned for the BSAS 2019 Conference, click here.

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