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And Man met the horse: a non-casual encounter

The Italian Institute of Culture in Montreal and the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin are pleased to present the webinar series entitled “And Man met the horse“. The horse has followed the life of men and civilizations, since the dawn of time. Originally from the Eurasian steppe, at first it provided man with meat, milk and skins and only in the metal age did it become a protagonist among draft animals and prince for horse riding, marking memorable moments in military and sporting history. His part in literature and art has always been central, that of the noble animal, reflecting the interests and passions of peoples. The figurative arts have represented its beauty in every age: from the equine figures left by primitives on the walls of prehistoric caves to the horses of the admirable equestrian monuments of the Italian Renaissance.

The webinar series “And Man met the horse”, created with Prof. Domenico Bergero, Director of the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin, develops in a program rich in scientific, cultural, historical- artistic, sports… and many other curiosities: all entrusted to the words and knowledge of Italian scientists and scholars.

Friday, October 30th 2020, 3pm (Montreal), 8pm (Rome)

Registration required

The webinar, opened and animated by Francesco D’Arelli, Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Montreal, and by Prof. Domenico Bergero, presents the following conferences:

Daniele Ormezzano, The evolutionary history of the horse
From a small, multi-toed forest animal to the known monodactyl and open space shape, its evolutionary history presents us with many forms. The most significant stages are retraced up to the horse in the strict sense.

Emanuela Valle, The world seen from the horse
Working and training horses involves knowing their natural instincts, not trying to change them, but understanding them. Our task is to understand what their needs are and how horses perceive their surroundings to feel safe, and thus become confident in humans. This is our responsibility, if we want to train and ride horses, respecting their well-being and thus having companions willing to collaborate even in tasks that may seem completely useless to them.

Domenico Bergero, Notes on the evolution of the relationship between man and horse
Since the horse and man met, their relationship has undergone an important and continuous evolution: first a source of meat, this animal subsequently became a source of milk and work, then a companion in war, a draft force, a sporting animal, a companion in free time. Even in the arts and science, the horse accompanies the entire history of man. Hence the evocative power of this animal which is not surprisingly often used in advertising.

Daniele Ormezzano, former Conservator of the Paleontological Collections at the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences in Turin, has been fond of horses since childhood and has dedicated studies and conferences to this animal. He is currently President of the Friends of the Historical Museum of the Cavalry of Pinerolo.

Domenico Bergero, former horse show rider, graduated with honors in Veterinary Medicine in Turin. Veterinary officer, hippiatra. Since 1990 lecturer at the University of Turin and Full Professor since 2009. Graduated from the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition. Since 2018 Director of the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin. Author of about 200 scientific works (about 70 cited by ISI web of Sciences), concerning animal nutrition, management and work physiology of the sport horse.

Emanuela Valle, DVM, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin and an EBVS® graduate (European Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition). She is responsible for the nutritional consultancy service at the educational veterinary hospital, with particular reference to the feeding of equines. Educational activities are related to equine welfare, clinical equine nutrition and animal nutrition. She is the author of scientific publications and has participated in several conferences as a speaker. She is currently involved in projects related to the management of horse welfare and nutrition and to clinical equine nutrition. She is a horse lover: she owns donkeys and horses and rides regularly as an amateur.


  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal
  • In collaboration with: Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie dell’Universit
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