Equine First Aid – Winter ’20

Feb 10 – Feb 17

1 week (5-10 hrs)

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.

This course may be of interest for: • All horse owners and caregivers, regardless of discipline • Coaches, stable managers and instructors
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
  • 2 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. 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’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

Course Instructor:

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.


Course Facilitator:

Susan Raymond has been involved in the development and delivery, both online and in-person, of educational and skills training programs since 2003 (Equine Guelph). The focus of these programs is to improve welfare and safety of both animals and people on the farm during day to day activities and emergency situations.  Susan’s PhD research involved investigating the effects of exposure of horses to mycotoxins, as well as, examining stable design and management as they affect air quality. Susan has completed Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations, Rescue Ropes/Rigging courses and Animal Technical Rescue Awareness Level Course (University of Florida). Susan has also completed Colorado State University – Equine Investigations Academy Level 1.

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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