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Tacking up: Being a pain or in pain?
Join us on Wednesday April 14th at 7pm to hear from internationally renowned equine vet, Sue Dyson, and World Horse Welfare Centre Manager, rider, and coach, Adam Cummins, about what we can learn from horses’ behaviour when they are tacked up and mounted.

We have all met horses that don’t stand quietly during tacking up and mounting. But is this normal? Have you ever questioned what may underlie these behaviours? Sue Dyson has carried out research on this subject and the results are important for all who ride horses. So, if your horse fidgets, moves, or changes his facial expression when you tack up or mount, this webinar is for you.

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We would probably all recognise that if a horse kicks or bites when being tacked up, it is unhappy about the situation. But many horses show more passive behaviours that some of us might not notice, or that we may think are normal. But what if that isn’t the case? Are these horses actually anticipating pain? As Sue will show us, some behaviours are more common in horses that are lame, have an ill-fitting saddle or a sore back, or where the rider sits too far back in the saddle.

Sue’s expertise and research findings will be backed up by Adam Cummins’ years of experience. Having trained horses up to Prix St-Georges level and coached riders from grassroots to Advanced level dressage, Adam has a vast databank of experience to draw on when assessing problems associated with tacking up.

With presentation of recently published and lots of time for a live ‘Q & A’ session with two experienced speakers, this webinar will provide lots of food for thought.

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Do join us to enjoy an evening in the company of Sue Dyson and Adam Cummins, as they help us to understand what our horses are trying to tell us.

Apr 14, 2021 07:00 PM in London

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Sue Dyson
Sue Dyson started her veterinary career in the United States, before returning to the UK to work at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket where she ran a clinical referral service for lameness and poor performance, attracting clients from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and continental Europe. Now working as an independent consultant, Sue continues to see clinical cases from a base in Newmarket. Throughout her career, Sue has carried out clinically relevant research relating to lameness and diagnostic imaging, and she is co-author and editor of several of the most important veterinary textbooks on these topics. Most recently, Sue’s research has focused on identifying equine behaviours that may reflect underlying musculoskeletal pain (the ‘Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram’) and during tacking up. In addition, she is an accomplished rider who has produced horses to top national level in both eventing and show jumping.
Adam Cummins
Penny Farm Centre Manager @World Horse Welfare
Adam joined World Horse Welfare as Penny Farm’s Centre Manager in 2019. Previously Adam spent 17 years as an equine instructor at one of the UK’s leading colleges. This provided him with a broad range of knowledge of horse care, riding, and teaching, as well as training students up to degree level. Adam is a British Horse Society (BHS) Senior Coach, and has trained numerous students through the BHS exam system, up to and including BHS Stage 3 and the Preliminary Teaching Test. In 2013 he was runner up in the BHS Instructor of the Year competition. Adam continues to teach grass-roots riders in all disciplines and, in dressage, from Intro to Advanced level, and has himself competed in affiliated dressage up to and including Prix St-Georges level.