The Past, Present, and Future of Equine Science

Sarah H. White-Springer, Jason Bruemmer, Robert J. Coleman

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A core group of 27 equine nutritionists and physiologists joined together in the late 1960s to formally address and enhance the direction of equine research, creating the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society. In 2003, that growing society transformed into the Equine Science Society, which now serves as the preeminent, internationally recognized scientific equine organization. In recent years, it has been appreciated that equine science encompasses a wide range of focus areas, including exercise science, nutrition, genetics, reproductive physiology, teaching and extension, production and management, and mix of other specialties, qualified as biosciences. Additionally, trainees are highly valued in the society, with the clear understanding that young people are the future of equine science. Amongst tightening budgets, equine researchers must focus on timely dissemination of high-quality research studies and development of strong, interdisciplinary, cross-species, and multi-institutional collaborations to ensure sustainability of academic research programs. With a little creativity, equine science will continue to thrive for the betterment of the horse and all involved in the equine industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104297
JournalJournal of Equine Veterinary Science
StatePublished - May 2023

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These spectacular advancements have drawn in new scientists and allowed us all to reach for answers and collaborations with others. The quality of the work is recognized by individuals, philanthropic foundations, industry and even federal agencies. ESS members are funded by the American Quarter Horse Foundation, Grayson-Jockey Club, Waltham, Gates Foundation, Morris Animal Health, the United States Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and a multitude of industry partners and ESS sponsors. Their findings are recognized worldwide and as such, our members are drawn to meetings far and wide. The Equine Science Society is a safe and friendly training grounds, a place to focus on the horse and the people that care for them. At present, ESS is a society that impacts the industry, strengthens our ability to care for and understand the horse. This society is ready, capable and adaptive.

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  • Equine
  • Equine Science Society
  • Future
  • Horse
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine


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