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 Recognition of Pain in the Ridden Horse - Dr Sue Dyson
We're delighted to be able to share this keynote presentation, which was so enthusiastically received at the 3rd Saddle Research Trust international Conference. 

The full presentation is now available to watch online!
Dr. Dyson’s presentation gives a detailed report of how an ethogram was developed to study the ridden horse. An ethogram is simply a catalogue of behaviours or activities exhibited by an animal. This new system is straightforward, easy to use and anyone can learn how to apply it to their everyday practice. By employing this evidence-based method, every horse owner or practitioner will be able to recognise when the horse is trying to tell us that something is not right.

This method has the potential to improve the welfare of every ridden horse by helping owners to recognise markers of pain behaviour. Early identification of musculoskeletal pain will help prevent low-grade problems escalating into chronic conditions and will ultimately reduce wastage amongst our riding horses.
Watch the full presentation from the 3rd Saddle Research Trust International Conference here

Could we be your charity of the year?

The Saddle Research Trust (reg. charity no.1182661) aims to improve the welfare and performance of the ridden horse and rider via research and education. We make this knowledge available to every rider, owner, practitioner and student.

Funding is vital to continue to make this possible. Following on from the success of 2018's conference, we're already looking at some exciting new projects!
If you, your organisation, or event would like to make the Saddle Research Trust your chosen charity for 2019, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch by emailing us at or telephone 07948 303 281.
Dates for your diary:
Equine Performance Conference,  Bishop Burton, 14th July 2019
The annual Equine Performance Conference will take place at Bishop Burton College on the 13 and 14 July 2019.

Join us as we follow the theme ‘Promoting Career Longevity for Horse and Rider’, encompassing a range of plenary lectures and practical demonstrations from industry experts and researchers from a variety of fields.
Amongst a great line-up of speakers, SRT Director Dr. Anne Bondi will give a presentation on The effects of riding on the horse” and a live demonstration of “The horse, saddle, and rider interaction”.
SRT Veterinary Advisor Dr. Sue Dyson will give a presentation “Early recognition of musculoskeletal pain: what are the warning signs?”

For more information and to book tickets:

Equinology: Principles of Saddle Fitting courses

A foundation course that provides students with theoretical principles of saddle fitting and their practical application. Participants will learn a comprehensive system for the evaluation of the three elements of the horse, saddle and rider interaction, both individually and collectively. 

The course content will enhance the skills of the participants by teaching how to recognise saddle fitting issues, address common problems and when to refer to specialists. The format of the 4-day course guides the participants through the progressive assessment steps of horse, saddle and rider interaction with a blend of illustrated lectures that discuss the latest scientific research, live demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions with horses and riders.  

Further 4-day courses, run by Equinology, will be held on the following dates with Saddle Research Trust Director, Dr Anne Bondi:

Aug 1 - 4, Essex, UK
Nov 4 – 7, California, USA
Nov 11 – 14, Canada

Feb 24 – 27, South Africa


Save the Date!

The 4th Saddle Research Trust International Conference

    11th December 2021 Nottingham 
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