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And Man met the horse: Horse and society (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)



And Man met the horse: Horse and society (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)

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, March 12th 2021, 3pm (Montreal), 9pm (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:

Mario Gennero, The championship of the horse of arms
Federico Caprilli developed his own "method" concerning above all the training of horses and cavalry soldiers. The Captain had in his intent the preparation of the horse-rider combination intended for horse weapons. In a short time he radically changed the way of riding. The students of the Captain with their successes taught the world the "system", achieving victories after victories. The adventure begins with the championship of the horse of arms ...

Domenico Bergero, The horse in the photographs of the Alinari
The photos of equestrian subjects by the Alinari brothers tell us a lot both about society at the end of the 19th century and about the animals themselves, which at that time were an important part of the social landscape. They also say a lot about the relationship between man and horse at that time, and the sensitivity towards animals, which obviously is not that of today. The photograph "Mrs. Marion Walsh with her horse" is presented as a case study.

Ivo Zoccarato, Italian society and the use of equidae as a workforce, before agricultural mechanization
The presentation will analyze the most important changes, from the unification of Italy to the first half of the twentieth century, which marked the transition from a purely rural society to a pre-industrial one and with it the evolution of agriculture and livestock. Particular attention will be paid to the use of equidae, in the various fields of employment, as a workforce.

Mario Gennero, a graduate of the University of Turin, is a judge in show jumping of the FEI and a director of the Regional Committee of the Piedmont Fise. He has collaborated with the main equestrian magazines, author of publications on horses and the history of Italian equitation. He deals in particular with Renaissance horse riding and Caprillian horse riding.

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.

Ivo Zoccarato, veterinary surgeon, former full professor of Zooculture and director of the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences of the University of Turin. Expert in the history of veterinary medicine and farriery with particular reference to the period between the early nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. Ordinary member of the Turin Academy of Agriculture, founding member of the Italian Association of the History of Veterinary Medicine and Farriery. Author of various articles with veterinary historical content.



Date: Friday, March 12, 2021

Time: At 3:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal e il Dipa

Entrance : Free