Equine First Aid – Spring ’21

May 3 – May 10

1 week (5-10 hrs)

CE Eligible

Accidents and injuries can happen at any time anywhere, for any number of reasons. This makes it essential that everyone involved with horses – grooms, trainers, riders, drivers, coaches – learn how to administer first aid and how to do so safely. When minutes count, we need to know how to make the most of every second. This course covers an overview of first aid procedure and include a focus on many common horse health conditions horse caregivers may encounter on a day-to-day basis. A goal of this course is to give caregivers the peace of mind knowing that we can step in and help our horse when needed until a professional arrives.

To receive your Equine Emergency Preparedness Certificate:

  • Register and complete two short online courses on The Horse Portal: Equine First Aid, and Fire & Emergency Preparedness
  • Once you have completed both courses, you will automatically receive your Equine Emergency Preparedness Certificate!
  • Special offer this Spring! SAVE $50 by registering for both courses at once.  Choose the ‘Emergency Preparedness Certificate’ registration option below on EITHER Equine First Aid or Fire and Emergency Preparedness (do not register for both!). You will then be automatically be registered for the second course – a confirmation email will be sent to you within 48 hours of registration.
  • Note: Already completed one of these short courses before?  No worries – your prior course completion will count towards your Certificate.  Complete the course you are missing, and then send an email to [email protected] to receive your Certificate!
Course Curriculum:
  1. Introduction Principles of Triage
    1. What to do to “be prepared”
    2. Principles of “Triage”
    3. C.T. (Assess the situation, Call for help, Treat the horse)
    4. The ‘do’s and don’ts’ of first aid
    5. Travel and trail
  1. Horse Assessment
    1. How to perform the Horse Health Check
    2. Common and severe injuries/sickness
  1. Wound Management
    1. Wound first aid
    2. Bandaging and bandage materials
    3. Healing
  1. The First Aid Kit
    1. About kits
    2. Inventory checklist
  1. Responding to Eye Issues
Time Commitment:
  • Guest expert/facilitator-led course over a 1-week period
  • 3 weeks extended course access to allow extra time to complete learning activities
  • Required activities are approximately 5-10 hours with opportunities for additional learning activities
  • No set times to be online throughout the course
  • Recommended you visit the course site once or more each day
  • Course is entirely online, so travel to the University of Guelph is NOT required
  • All materials are provided online within course site
  • 16 years of age or older

For more information, please contact Susan Raymond Phone: 519 824-4120, ext. 54230 Email: [email protected]

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Equine Guelph – the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph.

Equine Emergency Preparedness Certificate

This course counts towards 1 of 2 credits towards the Equine Emergency Preparedness Certificate from Equine Guelph.  Complete Fire and Emergency Preparedness as well to earn your Certificate!

Continuing Education Credits/Professional Development:

Thank you to our Partners:

Ontario Racing                                

Standardbred Canada


This course is made possible through a grant from the Grand River Agricultural Society.

Grand River Agricultural Society

“This course was amazing. I learned so many new things as well as refreshed what I already knew about equine first aid. The instructors are so thorough and really drive the information home with you so it sticks. As much as I don’t want to be in a situation where I have to use what I learned in this course, I feel that I could use what I learned and be confident doing so.”

Paige Kreutzwiser, Owner (Wingham ON)
Student – Equine First Aid

“I feel that the course Equine First Aid has given me the necessary skills and confidence that are required when applying basic first aid when faced with an equine health emergency.”

Sue Kristiansen, Stable Owner/Manager (Stall Hornborga – Vedum, Sweden)
Student – Equine First Aid

“I’ve never taken an online course, and didn’t expect to learn much. I was amazed at the thoroughness of the Equine First Aid course – nose to tail, all presented in easy to digest sections, with plenty of additional resources to explore. I’m searching for my next course now!”

Kelly Benedetti, Owner (Compass Point Farm, Middleton NH, USA) Student – Equine First Aid

“Whether you are new to horses or an experienced horse owner, this course will help you make sound decisions about recognizing when to call your veterinarian and what to do while you’re waiting for them to arrive. Knowing what to do in an emergency increases the likelihood of a good outcome for your horse. It’s worth your time!”

Jennifer Derksen, Rider / Biomechanics Coach (The Rider Mechanic – Carleton Place, ON) Student – Equine First Aid

These individuals have provided their expertise and assistance in developing course videos and other content:

Laura FrostDr. Laura Frost, Halton Equine Veterinary Services Dr. Laura Frost, partner Halton Equine Veterinary Services, is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College class of 1999 and is certified in Equine Chiropractic. Dr. Frost was born and raised in the Burlington area and has competed locally in a variety of equestrian disciplines. She is a past Dental Committee member for the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Dr. Frost was previously on the Advisory Committee for the Ontario Veterinary College and Secretary for the Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners. Laura is also the past Vice President of the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre and can be seen at many fundraisers for this organization. Her interests include, but are not limited to: lameness, diagnostic imaging, reproduction and dentistry. Dr. Frost can be seen at the local horse shows with her two children.

Janet Beeler-MarfisiDr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi, Ontario Veterinary College.

Janet Beeler-Marfisi, works at the Ontario Veterinary College where she teaches vet students, does research on equine lung disease with generous funding from Equine Guelph, and is a Clinical Pathologist. Beeler-Marfisi has always had an interest in horse health, having grown up around her father’s Standardbreds and having married a Standardbred racehorse trainer. During vet school and after stitching up some very strange wounds in horses, she has a keen interest in equine first aid and wound repair.

Kristen FrederickDr. Kristen Frederick, Oakville Animal Clinic

Kristen grew up in Kingston, Ontario.  She earned a B.Sc in biological anthropology from the University of Toronto in 2008, and a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2017.  Kristen completed a 12-month internship in equine surgery & anesthesia at Milton Equine Hospital before joining Hagersville Veterinary Services as a small animal practitioner in June, 2018.  Kristen is currently working at the Oakville and Southdown Animal Clinics.  Kristen’s professional interests include anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine and preventive healthcare.  She enjoys horseback riding, particularly eventing, and working with young horses.


Mike KingMike King  – Mike has been a leader in the equine insurance business for more than 25 years’ operating from his offices in Aurora Ontario. Mike is a Partner in CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd., a national brokerage.  Since 1998, Mike has been the Principal broker at Intercity Insurance Services Inc. in Aurora, Ontario, a general insurance brokerage with a specialized focus on the equine industry.  In addition to his role at Intercity Insurance, Mike is a Partner in Capri Insurance, a brokerage based in British Columbia.

Mike has been involved in the horse industry for most of his life having participated at one point or another as horse owner, pleasure and competition rider, coach, judge, and facility manager. Today, various insurance programs under his management and oversight serve over 80,000 equine enthusiasts from coast-to-coast.  As a specialist, Mike is regularly invited to speak to groups on topics related to risk management and insurance in the equine industry across Canada. Mike participates as a guest instructor twice a year in the Equine Business Management certificate course at the University of Guelph to share his insights with an International student body and is proud to be a long standing Education Patron at Equine Guelph.

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Equine Emergency Preparedness

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