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And man met the horse: the care of the horse (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)



And man met the horse: the care of the horse (#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.e)

Friday, March 26th 2021, 4pm (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 Neapolitan equitation academies
Until the Renaissance, horseback riding was above all a job, a necessity, both in peace and in war. Starting from this period even the daily habit of using the horse turns into art. Among his many occupations, the young gentleman learns to ride a horse. The first "academies" arise in Naples where one can find the best teachers. Also in Naples, the first treatise on horseback riding was published, by Federico Grisone, translated into all languages. From all the courts of Europe, the sovereigns send their best knights to the Neapolitan city to learn the new discipline. These on their return will spread the new "art".

Anna Assenza, Il Cavallo: from classical ethology to the cognitive approach
Are we legit to talk about cognitive activity in animals? What does it mean to treat an animal "cognitively"? And what does it mean to approach motor activity in a cognitive way? Starting from the most consolidated notions of classical ethology, up to the most current cognitivist conception, this contribution aims to treat "Animal Cognition" as a biological tool with which natural selection has endowed the animal species that have won the evolutionary challenge and to ignite the debate on the practical consequences that such an approach can have in considering the kaleidoscopic relationship between man and horse.

Ivo Zoccarato, The origin of veterinary schools
In the context of the century of the Enlightenment, the reasons that led to the foundation of the first Veterinary Schools in France and therefore in Europe will be recalled with particular reference to the Piedmontese school and its evolution over time and the changes that have progressively characterized the profession of veterinarian.

Andrea Bertuglia, Hippiatria today: from the medicine of experience to the medicine of evidence
Veterinary medicine in hippiatrics has undergone a marked change in recent years. Today we observe a remarkable specialization of the hippiatro veterinarian, the aggregation of specialists in different disciplines and a fragmentation of the specialties themselves. The experiential value of the individual has been surpassed by a medicine "based on scientific evidence". These changes have led to a greater complexity of the procedures, a shift of the threshold of the “feasible” but have also opened up new challenges regarding the training of hippiatri veterinarians and their adaptability in a constantly evolving economic context.

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.

Anna Assenza, PhD in Equine Physiology, is University Researcher at the Department of Cognitive, Psychological, Pedagogical and Cultural Studies of the University of Messina, where she teaches Cognitive Ethology and Animal Communication and deals with research on chronophysiological rhythms as ethological indicators of animal welfare; the analysis of chronoperformance in domestic species and, in particular, in the sport horse and the theoretical and critical study of the most recent currents of thought that have determined the paradigmatic change in objectivist ethology, determining its "turning point" in a cognitive sense.

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.

Andrea Bertuglia graduated in veterinary medicine in 1999. Right from the start he worked as a hippiatrist with sport horses, gaining experience mainly with trotting horses. He is a graduate of the American College and the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Horse Rehabilitation. Since 2004 he has been working in the Grugliasco university hospital for equines, as a reference structure for freelancers of the Turin university. He is an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin.




Date: Friday, March 26, 2021

Time: At 4:00 pm

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

Entrance : Free