Welfare

TLC for our Senior Horses!

Check-ups and check-ins still required for equine health and welfare Trusty steed Sparky is ready to “retire”, but what exactly does that mean?  Certainly, there are management changes when it comes to the senior horse.  While there may be savings in some areas, there are still serious commitments of both time and finances to make…

Are most horses lefties?

The perils of putting symmetrical saddles on asymmetrical horses “We were not surprised to learn 60% of the horses in our 490 horse retrospective study had larger measurements on the left side of their withers,” says Dr. Katrina Merkies, researcher and associate professor at the University of Guelph.  Undergraduate students, Julia Alebrand, Bethany Harwood,  Katharine…

Don’t Let Dust Diminish Your Horse

Avoid asthma and respiratory issues with barn management Have you ever walked in a barn, and felt like your lungs were being assaulted? Imagine how a horse feels, particularly if they spend hours in a stall.  When horses exercise, they take on upwards of 16 times as much air per second than their human owners. …

Horses 101 E-Book from Equine Guelph

Equine Guelph just released a 50-page downloadable E-book comprised of their most popular information sheets, plus some new handy checklists for horse owners.  It is FREE for all Equine Guelph E-news subscribers! “From the Horse Health Check to useful checklists, it is sure to be a practical resource for horse-owners and caretakers,” says Equine Guelph…

Free Equine Webinar Series: Taking Science to the Stable

Starts June 16 with Broodmare Management and Nutrition with Don Kapper Equine Guelph is pleased to announce that our partnership program, Taking Science to the Stable, FREE summer webinar series begins June 16 and will run every two weeks until August 18. Hosted by Open Learning and Educational Support at the University of Guelph, this…

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Do equestrians know how their horses learn?

By Tanja Bornmann (MSc Equine Science, Academic Equitation) Why is it so important for equestrians to become educated about learning theory and its practical application? Because, knowingly or not, in each single encounter with horses we use learning theory tools from our training toolbox. Sometimes, equestrians pick the wrong tools from the toolbox, or do not know…

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Racing-Exclusive Online Courses a Win!

Ontario racing industry provides feedback on Equine Guelph’s Pilot Project and looks forward to Fall Offerings 100% positive feedback has been received for the new TheHorsePortal.ca online courses, developed exclusively for Ontario Racing industry members!  Respiratory health, lameness prevention and gut health prove to be a priority and AGCO licence holders that completed the first three free…

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Horse human interaction studies

Horse human interaction studies were discussed in a talk presented by Dr. Katrina Merkies, Ontario Agricultural College at the three day virtual conference hosted by the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES). With around 50 recent horse behavior studies referenced in the 40 minute presentation (and apologies for the many not mentioned), there is an undeniable growing…

Equine Guelph Supports Ontario Equestrian’s ‘For the Herd’ with Learning Community

In two short months, just over 30% of the $500,000 fundraising goal has been raised to help school horses that lost their jobs in March. In April, Ontario Equestrian launched For the Herd, an emergency fundraising initiative to support lesson horses and riding school facilities in Ontario, many of whom are facing the harsh realities of…

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7 Tips on Equine Conditioning with Biomechanics Expert Dr. Hilary Clayton

There are many important questions pertaining to equine conditioning and fitness as we all look forward to returning to work. Dr. Hilary Clayton recently shared some cautions and considerations in a Skype interview with Equine Guelph. Dr. Clayton is a veterinarian, researcher and horsewoman. For the past 40 years she has been conducting amazing research…

Colic Prevention – Introduce Spring Pasture Slowly

Spring is upon us and so is the prevalence of gas colic. Equine Guelph is sharing many strategies to prevent it.   First, Equine Guelph recommends that every horse owner refers to its FREE Colic Risk Rater Tool (www.equineguelph.ca/colictool) to help them assess their management practices, such as introducing new feeds slowly to reduce their colic risk.  An…

Innovative Equine Programs at University of Guelph

From the Dean Story by:  Dean Jeffrey Wichtel, Ontario Veterinary College I have spent quite a bit of time this year getting to know the horse industry in Ontario. One thing I have noticed is the enduring passion of our horse people, including my veterinary colleagues, regardless of the ups and downs of the industry.…