Racehorse Gut Health & Ulcer/Colic Prevention – Winter ’23
Are gut issues like colic and ulcers affecting your racehorse?
Given the demanding life of the equine athlete, a high number of racehorses are at risk of digestive tract health concerns such as ulcers and colic.
In this online short course, trainers and grooms can learn from experts how to reduce the chance of digestive tract issues in the barn and improve your horse’s performance on the track.
Never taken an online course before? No worries! This course takes a common sense, practical and flexible approach to training – no prior online learning experience required. Log in anytime – 24/7. Join in on conversations with instructors, guest experts and your peers in our Discussion Forum – a truly unique community approach in online learning.
FREE for AGCO Licensees & SC Members!
- Click “Enroll” in the “FREE for AGCO Licensees/SC Members” registration box below.
- On the Registration page, fill out the required fields, then under “Have a coupon?”, enter the code GutHealthOR and click “Apply”
- The cost of the course will now be free of charge. Agree to the Terms and Conditions and click “Submit.”
- You are now registered for the course!
SPECIAL OFFERS FOR RACING EDUCATION PARTNERS:
- Ontario Racing & COSA – Free for AGCO Licensees & SC Members
- Standardbred Canada – Free for SC Members
- Horse Racing Alberta – 15% Discount for HRA Licensees & Free for SC Members
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
This course may be of interest for:
- Anyone who owns a 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
Assignment (not graded, but recommended for personal achievement and required for certificate of completion)
- Occurs over a 2-week period
- 5-10 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
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:
- Equestrian Canada recognizes Equine Guelph short-training online courses as qualifying for points on the NCCP Coach/Instructor Professional Development Activities Updating hours (3 points)
- The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians recognizes this short online course as qualifying for five credits within Category 3.
“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
Dr. Nicole Weidner completed an MSc and PhD in animal nutrition at the Ontario Veterinary College. Her research examined links between nutrition and disease in animals, with a focus on vitamin D. She’s worked as a guest lecturer and instructor in courses offered through the University of Guelph and has also been involved in the development of courses and educational tools. She’s interested in scientific outreach and communication, especially when it’s related to horse nutrition, health and/or welfare.
Dr. Luis Arroyo grew up on a rural farm along the pacific coast of Costa Rica. At the Universidad Nacional-Heredia, he trained as a veterinarian until he received his Lic. Med. Vet. in 1994. For the next few years, he practiced mixed animal medicine in rural Costa Rica. After gaining years of clinical experience, Dr. Arroyo decided to attend the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Guelph, ON where he completed the large animal medicine Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) program in the Department of Clinical Studies. Following his completion, he furthered his education by working towards a PhD in the Department of Pathobiology at OVC.
Dr. Arroyo is now board certified in large animal medicine with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has been a faculty member in the Department of Clinical studies since 2009. His research interest is in large animal gastrointestinal disorders but, more recently, he has grown fond of equine vascular diseases with a focus on arteriosclerosis of the pulmonary artery of racehorses.
I started working with Standardbred horses 40 years ago at Mac Lilley Farms. In the 1980’s it was not considered lady-like to be present in the barn when horse breeding was taking place. Boy, have we women come a long way! Now we have women handling the stallions, training, driving, and owning these marvelous animals. I’m married to a fulltime, lifelong Standardbred horseman, Jeff. We have two sons, Alex and Gerald. You would think after dragging them to every racetrack as children, they might have turned off the sport, but both are fulltime horsemen too. I guess we have all caught the horse bug. My favorite time of the year is Springtime, witnessing the miracle of birth.
In 2022 we celebrated Mac Lilley Farm’s 50th year of breeding Standardbreds. In those years we have stood over 50 stallions, and bred more than 12,000 mares. We have raced at tracks from PEI to Edmonton and many tracks across the USA. This life has shown us: struggles, and thrills, and I wouldn’t have chosen any different path. I look forward to being your Standardbred Ambassador and learning even more about the horses we are privileged to work with each day.
My involvement in the horse racing industry has spanned close to 40 years, and covers many facets of the industry. My involvement with horses in general has been life long.
Jobs throughout the years have been those of an exercise rider, pony rider, outrider, starting gate crew, trainer and owner. I worked for 12 years doing on air broadcasting and handicapping for Woodbine and Mohawk, covering both thoroughbred and standardbred racing. I have also been an instructor for the Woodbine presented groom school on several occasion.
Aside from working with race horses, I love the time I get to spend working with show hunters and, when my schedule allows, competing in a few horse shows throughout the season. My partner is a Hall of Fame standardbred trainer, so racing, and horses in general, are really my life not just my job, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
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