Gut Health & Colic Prevention – W18

Jan 22 – Feb 25

3 wks (10-15 hrs/wk)

CE Eligible

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)

Time Commitment:

  • 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]

Joining Equine Guelph course instructor, Gayle Ecker, will be Don Kapper as guest expert and Dr. Kyle Goldie as industry insider.

Don Kapper is a highly experienced equine nutritionist. Don graduated from Ohio State University and achieved his credentials as a Professional Animal Scientist from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists in 1996 and has been a sought-after speaker for equine meetings in both the U.S. and Canada. He was a member of the “Performance Electrolyte Research” team at the University of Guelph and wrote the chapter on “Applied Nutrition” for the authoritative veterinary textbook: “Equine Internal Medicine”, 2nd edition.

Kyle GoldieDr. Kyle Goldie practices in all areas of equine veterinary medicine, but mainly works with performance horses and has a keen interest in quarter horse racing.



Mike KingMike King  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.

Course Facilitators

Gayle Ecker, Hon. B.A., B.Ed., M.Sc.

picture of Instructor and horseGayle 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.

Photo of Diane Gibbard 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.

* Special discount price available to members of English-speaking horse associations from across Canada!  For members from PEI, Newfoundland, and Yukon, please visit your Provincial Horse Federations page on The Horse Portal for instructions on how to receive your discount price.