Every Day is Horse Day at Equine Guelph

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Horses have shaped history and continue to play an important role as our partners today.  On, December 13th National Horse Day is celebrated in the U.S.A.  Equine Guelph, promotes the welfare of horses every day by providing top level online education for those who endeavour to be the best advocates they can for their horses.

Thank you to our dedicated students who push themselves to learn all they can about horse care, welfare and safety!” says Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker. “It has been such a wonderful 20 years building Equine Guelph with all of you and getting to know so many people in our horse industry!”

For 20 years, Equine Guelph has been the horse owners’ Centre at the University of Guelph – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.  It serves the horse industry by providing educational opportunities for the horse owner and caretaker, including its award-winning online equine studies program; research to improve the health of the horse, and healthcare promotion.

In 2002, Equine Guelph launched the first online equine studies program in the world!  20 years later, the award-winning programs continue to be in demand, with many accolades for the quality of instruction, level of interactivity and flexible online study that fits into busy lives.  Students benefit from leading instructors, industry experts, internationally renowned guest speakers and join a community of horse enthusiasts around the globe keen to share their experiences and learn from one another.

“I live my courses every day,” says  Diploma in Equine Studies graduate, Elizabeth Hoyle.  After a career in marketing and financial services, Hoyle wanted to pursue her passion for horses in earnest and build confidence by studying equine behaviour.  “I wanted to make sure that I was doing the right stuff because it was validated by science.  I can have legitimate conversations with my vet, equine therapist, and other horse professionals around me because I’ve been exposed to the new science that’s come out.”  In May 2022 she completed her diploma with distinction and shared how taking Equine Guelph courses has changed her life.

In celebration of Equine Guelph’s 20th year a special offer of 20% off the 12-week online courses will be offered until December 15, 2023 for the winter semester, beginning Jan 15, 2024.

Courses offered in the winter semester include:  Advanced Equine Behaviour, Equine Event Management, Equine Health and Disease Prevention, Equine Genetics, Equine Nutrition, Marketing and Communications in the Equine Industry, the Equine Industry and Management of the Equine Environment. Alumni Holly Heartz, has taken eleven Equine Guelph 12-week courses to date. She explains how the Management of the Equine Environment course was particularly helpful when she was setting up her own farm and making decisions concerning paddock areas, fencing, footing, barn insulation, ventilation and more…

Equine Guelph students value the up-to-date, reliable resources gained from expert instructors delivered online in a very accessible way.  The incredible community and flexibility to learn at a pace that suits their needs are typical comments.  Then there are the savings realized from learning things like practical nutrition and horse management to prevent health issues.

Join the mission of ‘helping horses for life’ by registering for an online course with Equine Guelph and sign up for free monthly e-communications.   You will receive horse health information, educational opportunities and the latest developments in research.  Already a subscriber?  Widen the circle of horse owners who put equine welfare first and refer a friend.