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PVC an Emerging Trend for Horse Barn Construction 

With biosecurity advantages and the huge selling point of not absorbing moisture, Dwayne Job, owner of System Equine, sees the use of PVC in horse barns as a trend that will continue to gain popularity.  Job has been installing Polyvinyl Chloride panels in wash stalls, isolations stalls, tack rooms, feed rooms and ceilings for horse farm owners…

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Newcomers to the Horse Industry Succeed with OEEEP Program

Graduates like Susan Walker are following their hearts and entering the horse industry thanks to the Ontario Equine Education and Employment Program (OEEEP). Ontario residents, 18 years and over, that are unemployed or underemployed and not in school full-time can apply by the June 24, 2022 deadline for the last offering of this amazing free…

Horse Vocalization

What is in a Whinny?

When horses talk, we listen but how good are we at deciphering what they have to say?  According to a recently published study (Nov 2021) by Dr. Katrina Merkies, researcher and associate professor at the University of Guelph, and her master student Haley Belliveau, we are faring well.  Using an online survey, participants categorized 32…

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Research into Development of the Foal’s Gut Could Advance Treatment of Critical Cases of Diarrhea

The foal’s gut undergoes many changes as it develops rapidly.  More and more, we are learning how the colonization of a gut correlates to good health.  Exploring the differences in foal microbiomes and how those differences may tie in with overall health has PhD Candidate, Jennifer MacNicol, very excited about the potential advancements the research…

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Equine Student Creates Positive “Ripples”

Originally Posted on Tuesday March 22, 2022  One of the main goals of the University of Guelph’s Equine Studies Online program is for students to take what they’ve learned and apply it in the real world to create sustainable change. For current equine student Holly Gillman, this goal has already been achieved through her ongoing work with…

Hamilton Hosts Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training

Hamilton Mounted Police understand the value of preparedness and were happy to host another Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training workshop by Equine Guelph on March 30, 2022 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. Participants from Hamilton Mounted Police, Hamilton Fire Department and McKee-Pownall Equine Services were hands on, working together on the rescue scenarios using props including Rusti,…

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New Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care Online Course Guest Expert Announced

Equine Guelph, the horse centre at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has announced that Dr. Brianne Henderson of Rivendell Equine Veterinary Services will act as course instructor for the new Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care course. She will be joined by renowned professor and farrier, Travis Burns of Virginia, U.S.A., in the role…

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April dubbed Vaccination Education Month by Equine Guelph

Just one horse with an infectious disease diagnosis can close a stable or event facility.  Vaccination is the best way to lower risk of loss of use, high treatment costs and unnecessary suffering for the horse.  Tailoring your annual immunization plan to each equid in your care is the best way to practise prevention from…

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Research on Equine Pregnancy

The value of long-term studies is well understood by researcher, Dr. Keith Betteridge who has been involved with Ontario Veterinary College equine reproduction studies since 1986.  Since graduating as a veterinarian from Bristol University, England, in 1959, Betteridge has seen reproduction technology evolve with the introduction of ultrasound in the 1980s and, most recently, RNA…

Horse Legs landing side of a jump

New Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care Online Course

Dr. Brianne Henderson of Rivendell Equine Veterinary Services has been announced as the course instructor for the new Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care course. Offered by Equine Guelph, and kindly sponsored by CapriCMW Insurance Services, this new two-week online short course runs from April 25 – May 6, 2022. Participants will learn daily practices that…

Canadian Ag Safety Week 2022

Ag Safety Week – A Reminder of Everyday Safety on Horse Farms

March 13 – 19, 2022 is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) – an annual campaign held the third week of March of each year. In 2022, the aim of the campaign is to inspire farmers, farm families, and farming communities to value #FarmSafetyEveryday.  This especially holds true for the horse community, with high hospitalization rates as…

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Encapsulating Stem Cells for Treating Equines with Osteoarthritis

The next exciting step in regenerative therapies has Dr. Thomas Koch, Ontario Veterinary College, and his team encapsulating stem cells to see if they can enhance the effect of treatment.  Horses with osteoarthritis in their joints stand to benefit from a therapy with a slower release time.  “When you encapsulate the cells within hydrogel, you…