Throughout the history of civilization, horses have been, and continue to be, an integral part of the culture and development of society, both in urban and rural areas. The horse sector, in its various aspects of production and use, assumes a particular relevance in the European context and, contrary to the trend observed for other animal productions, has shown constant and significant growth. Equine production is also at the intersection of the current challenges proposed by the European Commission and presents an extremely favorable framework as an activity that allows achieving the objectives of the European Ecological Pact.
In Portugal, there is also an undeniable cultural and historical heritage surrounding horses and their use, such as the emblematic autochthonous genetic resources, among which the Lusitano Purebred stands out, and the ancient tradition of equestrian arts.
However, the area of horse production and use still lacks specialized and individualized training, based on scientific knowledge and which, at the same time, recovers, consolidates and organizes this plethora of knowledge sedimented over millennia on the use of this species.
The Master in Equine Sciences (MCE) will be coordinated by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, but will have the formal involvement of two other Schools of the University of Lisbon, the Faculty of Human Motricity and the Higher Institute of Agronomy, which also have training and research competences in this field. area that significantly enrich this training offer. It will also count on the collaboration of important entities in the organization and operation of this sector, the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art and the Portuguese Equestrian Federation (FEP), whose contributions will be valuable in terms of the use of horses and the organization of its sporting component.