For the Herd Learning Community

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Welcome to For the Herd – an online learning community!

In this learning community, our goal is to aid riding school owners and instructors by providing them with information, resources, guidance and access to experts to help in managing the many challenges they face during the COVID-19 shutdown, and subsequent reopening of the economy.

In this learning community, you can:

  • Watch video interviews with experts on priority topics for riding school owners to help reduce costs and protect the health and welfare of horses in your care
  • Connect to valuable resources on a wide variety of topics relevant to the horse industry
  • State your questions and experiences using our internal discussion board, which allows interactive participation in a private space.

Equine Guelph has put together resources and other information on a number of priority topics for the horse industry.  Each topic will have its own dedicated discussion board, where you can ask questions of industry experts and fellow members of the For the Herd community.  Feel free to explore any and all topics that are relevant to you!


  • Nutrition
  • Health Care
  • Farrier Care
  • Pasture Management
  • Safety and Prevention
  • Risk Management (Legal and Insurance)
  • Financial Management
  • Future Development
  • Tips from our Community

Don Kapper (Nutrition and Pasture Management)

Don Kapper is a retired Equine Nutrition expert with over 37 years of both teaching and work in industry including 24 years with Buckeye Nutrition as their Director of Equine Nutrition to Sr. Vice-President, Cargill Animal Nutrition and 12 years with Progressive Nutrition as their Director of Nutrition and Technical Services. He was instrumental in development of the first equine computer ration balancing program and introduced the first Ration Balancer feed into the US, in 1986. Don has participated in numerous equine nutrition research studies ranging from Metabolic Bone Disease with The Ohio State University to Performance Electrolytes with the University of Guelph, Canada, where he has been a frequent guest speaker discussing Introduction and Advanced Equine Nutrition, Equine Growth & Development, Exercise Physiology and Reproductive Physiology. For several years he was the exclusive Equine Nutritionist for the North American Sport Horse Registries: 100 Day Stallion Performance Test. 

The Horse Portal was developed by Equine Guelph, a pioneer in online equine education. Through this platform, Equine Guelph has partnered with equine organizations across Canada to offer flexible online health and welfare training programs for every single person who is responsible for a horse.

The Horse Portal brings together a community of horse caregivers from across the land and provides practical, common sense training through its short-course format for busy lives.

Short courses have been offered on priority topics identified by the equine industry such as: Behaviour and Safety, Gut Health and Colic Prevention, Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness, Care and Welfare, Disease Prevention and more.

To learn more about our available short courses, check out our registration page, here.

For more instructions about how to use the Portal, take a look at our Welcome to The Horse Portal! and Discussions Guides.

Registration is entirely free!

To join the conversation and explore the resources available to you, please register using the link below.   Fill in the required fields on the registration fields, and create your own unique password.  Once you have completed the registration page and agreed to the Terms and Conditions, click “Continue” and you are ready to go!

Please remember your password, as you will need it to log in when returning to the For The Herd learning community.


For questions or comments about the content of For the Herdplease contact Gayle Ecker, Director of Equine Guelph:

Gayle can best be reached at [email protected]

For questions or comments about registration, technical issues, or The Horse Portal in general, please contact Matt Houlahan, the Horse Portal site Administrator:

Matt can best be reached at [email protected]

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