Equine Veterinary Clinical Ethology

Educating the public and professionals in the field.

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At EVCE our goal is
  to improve the wellbeing of the horse in all aspects of its life
  to enhance rider and handler safety
  to enhance equestrian performance
  to create awareness and greater understanding of equine behaviour and the impact that domestication has had on the horse
by means of scientific, evidence based, techniques and practices that meet equine species specific needs.

Why is this important?
The equine behaviour that we encounter today has evolved over thousands of years in order for the horse to survive successfully in the wild and its biological make up has developed to support these environmental challenges. It is essential that equestrian practices and techniques are in line with the horse’s species specific requirements to assure optimum wellbeing and health and we need to be mindful of any training practices that may have a negative impact on the horse’s lifestyle. Recent developments in equitation science research enables use of quantitative scientific methods to validate existing methods of practice and also brings to light new techniques that enhance both performance and wellbeing of the horse. While some traditional horse training and management methods are very effective and, at the same time serve the horses biological needs, others fall short of accomplishing this.

Equine veterinary clinical ethology relates to the diagnosis, prevention, rehabilitation and control of behaviour problems in horses.EVCE home-page2
Problem behaviour often arises as a result of an accumulation of many risk factors rather than a single causal factor. Medical factors can play an important role in shaping equine behaviour; specialist veterinary knowledge in addition to applying behavioural modification techniques can have a substantial impact on such cases, where the optimal outcome will rely on treating the underlying cause prior to initiating behavioural rehabilitation.

How are we increasing awareness?
  Interactive equine behavioural workshops
  Training courses: step by step approach to horse training by use of learning theory
  Lectures and seminars covering a wide range of topics
  Performance and wellbeing assessments
  Behavioural consultations