Centaur Biomechanics Webinars


Welfare Parameters in Horse Sport; Oral Lesions as an Example with Mette Uldahl

Thursday 4th April 2024 @ 19:00 HRS BST

Welfare parameters in horse sport; oral lesions as an example with Mette Uldahl

We try to govern horse welfare in horse sport by assessing various parameters like noseband tightness and lesions from spurs and use of bit. Also, we have regulations concerning permitted designs for tack. Does this governance work from an evidence-based perspective? What do we know about development of oral lesions? Is “the blood rule” adequate? The lecture takes you through research based on more than 4000 riding horses in and out of competition, where the effect of implementing measures for governance is evaluated evidence based.


Social License to operate in horse sport is under pressure. How do we handle transformation of the use of horses into a modern-day context, based on updated knowledge of the intrinsic value and basic needs of the horse? What are the drivers for transformation; training methods, sport formats, judging. What happens when society looks from the outside and asks questions? The Danish Experience; report on use of horses from the Danish Animal Ethics Committee, a documentary about training methods in a large dressage facility, an amputated tongue in a dressage pony. Can we only transform our horse sport industry medias, society and politicians is keeping a close eye on us?


For all attendees, CPD certificates available as well as a “view only” recording of the session with a 30-day access pass. There will also be a Q and A session with ample opportunity to post questions via our interactive Q&A panel.


DVM Dr Mette Uldahl, Vice President of FVE

Mette Uldahl is a veterinarian, who graduated from Copenhagen University in 2001. After that, she worked as a veterinary surgeon in mixed practice (small animal, farm animal and horses). In 2004 she founded a Veterinary practice, which she still runs. She is a certified practitioner in Equine diseases. From 2011, and ongoing, she was appointed as Veterinary Consultant for the Danish Equestrian Federation and as FEI National Head Veterinarian for Denmark.

Mette Uldahl has been engaged in European politics since 2011, having been President of FEEVA from 2017-2020. She is currently FVE Vice President. Her work includes appointments and engagement in various EU and European matters.

Mette Uldahl also regularly take part in research projects and publications of peer-reviewed papers. Her areas of interest are Animal Welfare, The field of Human-Animal Relationship and Development of the Veterinary Profession.