Equine Welfare Best Practices

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Equine Guelph 20th Anniversary Special Feature

Graduate of Equine Guelph’s Equine Business Management Certificate in 2021, Heather Sproul has optimized her horse husbandry with Equine Guelph’s online 12-week courses and set up a business offering equine massage.

During what is now Equine Guelph’s 20th anniversary year of offering award-winning online courses for the horse industry, a monthly showcase of Alumni explaining how the 12-week courses have helped with their equine pursuits is being featured.

“The world-wide reputation that the Ontario Veterinary College has prompted me to start looking online for educational opportunities,” says Sproul, “That is when I found out about the online courses offered by Equine Guelph” 

Sproul has now taken all but one (Event planning) and exclaims, “they are much like potato chips – once you start, you cannot stop!”  While the business courses proved invaluable through the process of setting up her own business for equine massage – the welfare courses were hugely interesting.  In the Global Perspectives in Equid Welfare course, Sproul said she was able to critically compare some of the issues we share with less developed countries like ill-fitting tack and nutrition.  While availability of funds may differ, lack of knowledge can cause equine welfare issues no matter the resources available.  This becomes very clear in all the courses one can take for the Equine Welfare Certificate that is offered by Equine Guelph in partnership with the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare.  Feel free to download the infographic below on two best practices of equine welfare.