Animals (Journal)

  • Randle, H. (Guest editor)
  • Jane M. Williams (Guest editor)
  • Natalie Waran (Guest editor)

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Dear Colleagues,

Despite a growing interest in equine welfare, research into equine quality of life remains limited. The academic discipline of Equitation Science is now well established and generating research outcomes that can be used to improve equine quality of life. Equestrianism is a discipline that involves horses and humans, and the interaction between them is critical to success. In order to improve welfare outcomes for the horses used in equestrian activities, there needs to be better communication of research needs, ideas and outcomes between researchers and practitioners. This Special Issue will include papers detailing topics associated with the 2021 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference ( entitled “Advancing Equestrian Practice to improve Equine Quality of Life”. This Special Issue is aimed at providing selected contributions on the importance of leveraging the emerging science with regard to improving equine welfare and, specifically, equine quality of life. Contributions that address the challenge of communicating scientific results in order to improve and enhance equine quality of life will also be included.

All submissions need to have a clear section on the application of the study findings to Equine Quality of Life within the context of Equestrian Practice. This special issue will include a collated set of conference abstracts and invited papers from ISES 2021; we would also welcome papers in the following areas:

Equine welfare indicators (animal based);
Equine quality of life;
Affective state in equids;
Positive versus negative affective states;
Use of technology in equine welfare assessment;
Facilitating change in practice;
Impacts of a greater understanding of equine welfare on performance;
Social licence to operate—leveraging the science;
Effective communication to bring about change and advancement in equestrian practice.
We are delighted to announce that Nova (, Hartpury University (, Haygain (, World Horse Welfare (, Equestrian Canada (, Goodbye Flys (, The Horse Trust (, Horse Journals (, and Charles Sturt University ( are generously providing sponsorship for this Special Issue "Advancing Equestrian Practice to Improve Equine Quality of Life".
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