Gut Health & Colic Prevention – Fall ’18
Colic is the #1 killer of horses other than old age!
You can prevent colic by:
- Calculating your Risk
- Assessing your Management Plan
- Developing Preventative Strategies
Reduce your Risk with Equine Guelph’s Colic Prevention Program
Designed for individuals that want to reduce the risk of colic in their own horse or horses they care for by increasing their knowledge of risk factors and preventative management strategies.
This course may be of interest for:
- Anyone who owns are horse, as all domestic horses may be at risk of colic
- Boarding/leasing or breeding facility
- New horse owners who are interested in dramatically reducing colic risk for your horse
- Owners of competitive horses, as the stress and lifestyle can predispose the equine athlete to higher colic risk
- All youth leaders to encourage best practices for reducing colic through improved management
You will learn to:
- Identify risks factors associated with colic
- Understand different types of colic
- Detect early signs and symptoms of colic
- Assess your management plan
- Develop preventative strategies
- Implement practical ways to reduce your colic risk
Assignment (not graded, but recommended for personal achievement and required for certificate of completion)
- Occurs over a 3-week period
- 10-15 hour/week time commitment is required during this period
- No set times to be online each week
- Recommended you visit the course site at least 5 times a week, preferably 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]
Gayle Ecker, Hon. B.A., B.Ed., M.Sc.
Gayle is the Director of Equine Guelph and oversees the programs for the equine industry offered by the Centre for the horse owner at the University of Guelph. After completing her undergraduate degree in human kinetics and physiology, followed by her education degree at University of Western Ontario, she then completed her Masters in equine exercise physiology at the University of Guelph, where she focused on hydration, heat stress and electrolyte losses in exercising horses. Within the education program of Equine Guelph, she now works with her team to develop innovative course offerings to provide practical knowledge to the horse owner and caretaker to support health, welfare and safety. Over 20 courses are now offered to the horse industry and students from over 40 different countries have come to Equine Guelph to be part of the learning community to support horse health, welfare and safety!
Diane Gibbard, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Diane completed her Masters in 2015 from the Ontario Veterinary College where she completed her thesis on the use of capsule endoscopy to image the small intestine of the horse. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2006 with a Bachelor degree in Animal Biology with a minor in Nutrition. Diane has been working at Equine Guelph since 2007 and is the Education Projects Officer and was a developer of Equine Guelph’s Colic Prevention Program including the development of the Colic Risk Rater.
“This course was very informative and truly interesting. There was a lot of information covered on the subject and it was broken down in sections each day. Was very enjoyable to take.”
Krista Cole, Thoroughbred Trainer
(Krista Cole Racing Stables, Brampton, ON)
Student – Gut Health & Colic Prevention
“This course provides valuable insight for anyone that has an interest in improving the management of horse health. The take away is that good management saves horse lives and reduces expensive vet calls.”
Jackie (Calgary, AB),
Student – Gut Health & Colic Prevention
“The Gut Health & Colic Prevention course was packed full of relevant and useful information along with practical applications that I can immediately implement with my horses. The Horse Health Tracker App is a very useful take away that I will be using often.”
Donna Elkow-Nash, Owner
Student, Gut Health & Colic Prevention
“Thank you for providing this course! My husband is a 3rd generation full-time Standardbred trainer and was pretty much born and raised at the race track. We thought he knew everything there was to know based on the generations of knowledge he had in his head. By the end of the first day of the course, we were already discussing possible new strategies and techniques. By the end of the 3rd week, we realized how little we actually knew and are now implementing many new methods to lessen the chances of colic happening at the track and at the farm. All trainers should be asked to take this course before they can be certified.”
Nancy Tamblyn and Kevin Sampson – Standardbred Owners, Breeders and Grooms
Sampson Standardbreds (Castor, AB)
Students, Gut Health & Colic Prevention
Gut Health & Colic Prevention
Welcome to all caring horse enthusiasts!
Colic is one of the most feared of health conditions for the horse. Too often it is the cause of death or euthanasia in horses. It can come on suddenly, and can turn from bad to worse quickly. It is also one of the top three concerns for horse owners and caretakers from a recent Equine Guelph survey. This course will first introduce you to the workings of the horse’s digestive tract. It will show you how it all works together to provide the horse with the nutrition it needs for performance, growth and health support. We will then look at why horses are susceptible to colic by looking at modern management practices. Learning to prevent colic is our goal. Step by step, we will work to identify the key risk factors and learn how to make important practical changes in how we manage and care for our horses – we can reduce the incidence of this painful and debilitating health condition.
- Why are Horses susceptible to Colic?
- Modern horse vs. natural environment of the wild horse
- Overview of the Anatomy of the Horse’s Digestive Tract
- What is Colic?
- Major Risk Factors Associated with Colic
- Activity Level
- Dental Health
- Parasite Control
- Other Colic Risk Factors (horse-related and environmental)
- Assessing and Managing Change
- Why is Adaptation So Important?
- Detecting Colic
- Signs of Colic – REACT
- What to do if your horse has colic
- What Next?
- More Resources