New University Diploma in Ethical Equestrian Training to Help “Challenge the Status Quo”

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  • A new postgraduate degree in equestrian science will help graduates influence the development of ethical training policies and methods that “end up challenging the status quo.”

    Hartpury University, which hosted the 2022 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference this year, developed the course to “address emerging equestrian challenges in training and competition environments”.

    H&H pointed out the need for equestrian sport to retain its social license to operate – essentially the public acceptance of involving horses in the sport – and this partly demonstrates the strong ethical foundations of training and taking decision-making.

    The new course will use equine learning theory as the basis for “successful and ethical riding, taking into account human skills and their impact on the welfare and welfare of horses”. Human well-being will also be essential, emphasizing the unique relationship between man and horse.

    Catherine Porter, Head of Horses at Hartpury University, said: “We are very excited to add the Master of Riding Science degree to our postgraduate equine list for 2022, at a time when the well- being horses and riders is at the forefront of our industry.

    “The course provides students with an exciting opportunity to focus on the practical application of the science of riding in the real world, studying the benefits of connection for both parties and developing the skills necessary to promote states. positive affective.

    “The program will include a number of hands-on sessions and demonstrations to facilitate first-hand experience of applied horse riding science and learning theory.”

    The course is one of five new postgraduate degrees offered by Hartpury, where research is also conducted at the doctoral and undergraduate levels, which informs industry practice and the curriculum.

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