Equine Guelph

Horses and riders on a trail ride through wooded area

20 Years of Supporting the Global Equine Community 

By: Anya Barradas This summer, Equine Guelph celebrates its 20th anniversary. The award-winning centre at the University of Guelph is dedicated to improving the health and welfare of horses through education and research.   “Over the years, our centre has become a model for online equine education programs and a hub for horse professionals from around…

New Provincial Foundations Officials Course on offer at TheHorsePortal.ca

Provincial Foundations Officials Course – Here Comes the Judge! 

It’s official!  Five provincial equestrian associations have partnered with Equine Guelph to offer online training for those interested in becoming horse show judges in grass roots circuits.  Entry level judges are a vital part of equestrian sport and beginning this spring the opportunity to train to become a recognized provincial official will be offered on TheHorsePortal.ca through the new…

Equine Guelph 20th Anniversary logo

Happy 20th Anniversary Equine Guelph!

July 1, 2023 marks Equine Guelph’s 20th Anniversary. Over 20 years ago, several dedicated individuals with a vision worked together to create Equine Guelph, a centre for the horse owner at the University of Guelph, by the industry and for the industry.   A note from Equine Guelph’s director, Gayle Ecker As Director of Equine…

Pony grazing by approaching forest fire

Air Quality and Air Pollution’s Impact on Your Horse’s Lungs

Story by:  Dr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi There’s nothing like hearing a horse cough to set people scurrying around the barn to identify the culprit. After all, that cough could mean choke, or a respiratory virus has found its way into the barn. It could also indicate equine asthma. Yes, even those “everyday coughs” that we sometimes…

The OEEEP is a win-win program, with free training for potential workers and wage incentives for employers. (24K-Production/stock.adobe.com)

OEEEP: Supplying Employees for the Horse Industry

The Ontario Equine Education and Employment Program prepares students for horse-related jobs and encourages businesses to sign on with wage incentives. First posted by Horse Sport Magazine: June 21, 2023 Most horse farm owners, breeders, show barns and racing businesses can agree that finding suitable employees can be extremely difficult, frustrating and time-consuming. The Ontario…

Equine Guelph director Gayle Ecker presents a talk at Horse Day in Erin, ON

Show and Tail at Horse Day Erin

A town where unicorns, ponies, horses, dogs, goats, sheep, humans and one mermaid were recently observed delivering important messages about the wonderful world of equines to face-painted children wearing horse hats. This rare sighting was documented on May 27, 2023 at the Erin Fairgrounds during HorseDay Erin. Gayle Ecker, Equine Guelph’s director, was at the…

Equine Welfare Best Practices

Equine Guelph 20th Anniversary Special Feature Graduate of Equine Guelph’s Equine Business Management Certificate in 2021, Heather Sproul has optimized her horse husbandry with Equine Guelph’s online 12-week courses and set up a business offering equine massage. During what is now Equine Guelph’s 20th anniversary year of offering award-winning online courses for the horse industry,…

Dr. Luis Arroyo

Screening for biomarkers & indicators of intestinal health among equine microbiota

No one will argue that prevention is better than cure and early intervention is certainly preferable to watching an equine partner go from not feeling 100% to being completely sidelined.  Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Dr. Luis Arroyo is embarking on a very interesting collaborative study that may result in the ability to detect the first…

Annual Investment in Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training

For the past three years, Hamilton Mounted Police have sent their officers to receive hands on training at Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training workshops provided by Equine Guelph.  They fully appreciate the value of practicing successful outcomes for situations they may be called out to respond to.  The refresher course on April 19, 2023 at…

Biosecurity Research Findings – More than Just Vaccination

In a new University of Guelph study at the Ontario Veterinary College, preliminary findings reveal that a perception exists among horse owners and some event organizers viewing vaccination as a ‘bullet-proof’ intervention that will protect their horse from ailments.  While vaccination is important, it does not make horses invincible to infectious disease and there are…

Positive Reinforcement

Equine Guelph 20th Anniversary Special Feature Licensed Driving Coach and retired science teacher, Gillian Allan has plenty of positive things to say about Equine Guelph’s online 12-week courses. She has taken them all! During what is now Equine Guelph’s 20th anniversary year of offering award-winning online courses for the horse industry, a monthly showcase of…

Can-Am Draws Record Crowd and Raises Funds for Equine Guelph

A record crowd was welcomed by Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo debuting at their new Ancaster Fair location after a pandemic hiatus postponed the event for the last three years.  10,000 people came through the turnstiles for the three-day event, March 31 – April 2, 2023.  It was a great three days full of entertainment,…