pictureInternational Equine Science Meeting

Network Meeting

The conference language will be English


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Laterality, Social Cognition, Social Organisation, Social Networks, “Networks and social cognition in feral horse foals”
Wild Equid management,  Nature Conservation, Non invasive monitoring, Housing systems


Conference Organizer
  Konstanze Krüger

Nürtingen-Geislingen University

University of Regensburg

 Assistant Organizers:
Non invasive monitoring Birgit Flauger, Uni Hohenheim
Housing systems Iris Bachmann


Swiss National Stud Farm

  Knut Krügerr  



Duration of lectures : 1h (45 min lecture, 15 min discussion)
Regular talks: 20 min (15 min talk, 5 min discussion)
Round table discussions at the end of each session


Conference Program

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please click here for: Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Poster presentations
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
12:00 Start of Registration
13:00-13:15 Welcome and Information

Session 1

Equine Welfare Monitoring, Housing and Training

13:15-14:15lectureChair Birgit Flauger
Palme, R. Non-invasive monitoring of stress hormones for welfare assessment in domestic and wild equidsAbstractAbstract
14:15-15:15contributed talksChair Rupert Palme
Baumgartner,M. Feasible animal-based indicators for assessing equine welfareAbstractAbstract
Wyss, C. Does housing in a „social box“ change faecal cortisol metabolites concentration in stallions?AbstractAbstract
Medill, S.A. Hair testosterone and cortisol concentrations and their relationships to physiological and social status in feral horses (Equus ferus caballus)AbstractAbstract
15:15-15:45coffee Break
15:45-16:45contributed talksChair Iris Bachmann
Fuchs, C. Narcolepsy – or REM-deficient?AbstractAbstract
König von Borstel, U. Hyperflexing the horse‘s neck: a cost-benefit and meta-analysisAbstractAbstract
Ahmadinejad , S.M. Comparisons of behavioral and physiological state in Caspian pony before and after stressAbstractAbstract
16:45 -18:00Poster session Chair Konstanze Krüger (see topics below)- coffee, tea, drinks and snacks
18:00-19:00Round table discussionChair: Birgit Flauger - Iris Bachmann
How to analyse the improvement of housing systems?
19:30 Dinner(organized, but everybody pays for him/herself)
Friday, May 29th, 2015

Session 2

Equine Cognition, Equine Wellfare

Focus: -
08:00-09:00lectureChair Dan Rubenstein
Krueger, K. Social learning and innovative behaviour in horsesAbstractAbstract
09:00-10:00contributed talksChair Uta König von Borstel
Baragli, P. Mirror on the wall, who is the horsest of our all? Self-recognition in Equus caballusAbstractAbstract
Hintze, S. What eye wrinkles in horses tell us about their emotional stateAbstractAbstract
Malavasi, R. Referential communication in the domestic horse (Equus caballus): first exploration in an ungulate speciesAbstractAbstract
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-11:30contributed talksChairRiccarda Wolter
Ahmadinejad , S.M. Facial expressions of the Caspian pony to its own picture, mirror and a combination of these twoAbstractAbstract
Briefer Freymond, S. Crib-biting behaviour of horses: stress and learning capacityAbstractAbstract
Burla,J.B. Effect of varying dimensions of the littered lying area on the lying behaviour of group-housed horses (Equus ferus caballus)AbstractAbstract
11:30-12:30Round table discussionChair: Konstanze Krüger
Need for an "Society/Community for Basic Equine Sciences" (as suggested)?
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (lunch can be bought at several places around the University)

Session 3

Equine Ecology, Equine Social Systems

Focus: -
14:00-15:00lectureChair Amos Bouskila
Rubenstein, D. Social Networks: Linking Form with Function in Equid SocietiesAbstractAbstract
15:00-16:00contributed talksChair Carol Hall
Berger, A. Evaluation of living conditions in free running animals by chronobiological analysis of continuously recorded behavioural dataAbstractAbstract
Bouskila, A. Sex, but not relatedness nor age, affect the social network of horses in a semi-natural reserveAbstractAbstract
Wolter, R. The analysis of social bonds in feral horsesAbstractAbstract
16:00-16:30coffee Break
16:30-17:00contributed talks
17:00-18:00Round table discussionChair: David Pick
Methods for equine cognition and equine ecology
18:00-18:15 Fairwell
19:00 Dinner for the participants of the social day / people who will stay longer
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
social day
Poster Abstracts
Ahmadinejad , S.M. Verbal expressions of the horses to the painAbstractAbstract
Bartos, A. Effect of mud treatment from Heviz Spa Lake on the joints and locomotion activities of horsesAbstractAbstract
Berger, A. Integration of zoo-kept Przewalski horses into a herd of Przewalski horses living in a semireserveAbstractAbstract
Brinkmann, L. Energetic adaptations of Shetland pony maresAbstractAbstract
Gabor, V. Shetland ponies (Equus caballus) show quantity discriminationAbstractAbstract
Hall, C. The impact of paddock design on the behaviour of the domestic horse (Equus caballus)AbstractAbstract
Hollenhorst, H. Innovative behavour in horses (Equus caballus)AbstractAbstract
Jacquot, M. Effects of a walk phase at the warm up onset on physiological and behavioural parameters of ridden horses (Equus caballus)AbstractAbstract
König von Borstel, U. A pilot study on horses‘ behaviour and distance travelled in a “Paddock Trail” husbandry systemAbstractAbstract
Maros, K. Questionnaire survey personality assessment of horses of different useAbstractAbstract
Pick, D. The Familiarity Heuristic in the Horse (Equus caballus)AbstractAbstract
Tomberg, C. Characterisation of the splenius muscle’s activity (Splenius cervicis) during a walk phase at the warm up onset of ridden horses (Equus caballus)AbstractAbstract
Vidament. M Laterality and emotions : behavioural response to an approach of a novel object by young ridden horses.AbstractAbstract
Viksten, S. Equine welfare assessment and feedback to ownersAbstractAbstract