Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care – Spring ’22

Apr 25 – Jun 8

2 weeks (5-10 hrs/wk)

Archived, Registration is Closed

Learn how to prevent injury and manage lameness!

Performance horses compete in a wide range of athletic activities, each with their own “typical” injuries and lameness issues. Horses in recreational activities also have many lameness issues. Regardless of which sport or which level you train/ride/compete at, lameness issues top the list for veterinary visits and poor performance. In comparison to the racehorse with a rather short career, our recreational and sport horses are often actively training and competing for well over a decade!

This online short course can be of benefit for all horse owners, trainers, riders and farriers to help prevent injury and manage lameness. Our goal is to focus on evidence-based medicine and dive into the rapidly developing world of injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Never taken an online course before? No worries! This course takes a common sense, practical and flexible approach – no prior online learning experience required.

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.

Time Commitment:

  • Occurs over a 2-week period
  • 5-10 hour time commitment is required during this period
  • No set times to be online!  Log in at your own convenience and learn at your own pace.
  • 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 email [email protected]

Phone: 519 824-4120, ext. 54205

Wendy Webb Photography

Dr. Bri Henderson – Dr. Bri grew up on a horse farm in Southern Ontario where her parents bred, developed and trained Arabian and Half-Arabian Sport horses.  Dr. Bri credits her experience at the University of Edinburgh’s R(D)SVS, her early mentorship and the continued support of her Rood and Riddle internship family to her success and love of the job!  Dr. Bri’s passion for the health and development of the equine athlete lead her to becoming board certified in Equine Sports Medicine and Injury Rehabilitation.

Travis Burns Travis Burns – Travis is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with both the Therapeutic and Educator Endorsements from the American Farriers Association. He is one of 6 Americans to become a Fellow in the Worshipful Company of Farriers by examination from the United Kingdom, the FWCF. He currently serves as the Chief of Farrier Services in the Equine Podiatry Service of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.


Mike KingMike King  – Mike is a Partner at CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd., and the National lead for their equine industry insurance and risk management programs serving clients from Coast to Coast. 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.

Trish Mrakawa – Trish grew up in the equestrian world and has become a key influencer in both the sport and business aspect of the industry. She has decades experience in the arena and loves training horses and forming strong relationships with their humans.

As the owner, trainer and head coach of Willow Grove Stable Inc. she works with coaches to ensure they train their athletes, both horse and human, with the best systems and techniques. Trish is a nationally certified High Performance Coach with Equestrian Canada. The secret to her success lies within her dedicated blend of compassion, ethics and thirst for knowledge.

These individuals have provided their expertise and assistance in developing course videos and other content:

Dr. Jeff Thomason


Dr. Jeff ThomasonOntario Veterinary College

Well known for his ability to bring anatomy to life, Dr. Thomason teaches anatomy to veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary College.   Dr. Thomason is a researcher conducting internationally recognized research on the equine hoof.

“I completed this course and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was informative and relevant. My understanding of lameness and associated issues as a result of lameness in the thoroughbred is far greater now than before beginning this course. As usual Guelph have delivered a course that is a must for anyone who is engaged in the horse industry or interested in learning more about the horse.”

Anthony MacAlpine (Australia)
Student – Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention and Care