Do horses have coping mechanisms? Stereotypic behaviours and how to manage them. Dr Carissa Wickens and Dr Camie Heleski
In this webinar the exerts discuss:
What is a stereotypic behaviour – are all behaviours really stereotypical?
What do we know about them, what does the science show us?
A review of the latest research (some of it has only been released in the last few weeks)!
What can we do to manage stereotypic behaviour
And answer questions including:
Can we prevent them?
Are they hereditary?
Can they learn them from each other?
Should we use tools to stop or control the behaviours?
Are there any welfare or health concerns for a horse that has them?
Can horses still compete at an elite level with them?And so much more!
- Box walking
- Wind sucking
- Head tossing
- Self mutilation
- Teeth grinding
Our TWO World-leading experts presenting are Dr Camie Heleski (University of Kentucky) and Dr Carissa Wickens (University of Florida)
Dr Camie Heleski (University of Kentucky)
Camie Heleski, Ph.D.
Equine Science and Management Program
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA Camie Heleski received her Ph.D. in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine behaviour and welfare. She worked at Michigan State University for 25 years in their Horse Management Program. In 2016, she began teaching at the University of Kentucky in the Equine Science and Management program. Her applied research interests have revolved around equine behaviour and welfare, horse-human interactions and working equids in developing regions of the world. More recently she has become especially interested in racehorse welfare and social license to operate principles. She has been actively involved with the International Society for Equitation Science since its inception.
Dr Carissa Wickens (University of Florida)
Dr. Carissa Wickens is an Associate Professor and Extension Equine Specialist at the University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Michigan State University and completed her PhD in Animal Science at Michigan State University (2009) with an emphasis on stereotypic behaviours in horses. Prior to her position at the University of Florida, Dr. Wickens served as an Assistant Professor and Equine Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware (2009-2013) where she taught undergraduate equine science courses and provided educational resources and programming for Delaware equine owners. Dr. Wickens’s extension areas address equine behaviour and welfare, management, and nutrition and she is the coordinator of the Livestock Education and Certification for Agriculture Law Enforcement (LECALE) program. Her specific areas of research include associations between management and stereotypic behaviours in horses, environmental stewardship in equine operations through the implementation of best management practices for water resource protection, and human-horse interactions. Carissa lives in North Central Florida with her husband and daughter, and their two beagles (Brewster and Baylee) and Arabian gelding (Jagger)
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