Equine Welfare

Horse drinking water

Preventing Dehydration in Horses

Authors: Dr. Mike Lindinger & Gayle Ecker With exercise, the body temperature rises. This heat must be dissipated, or the horse will literally “cook”!  The body cools itself through the evaporation of sweat, so sweating is especially important for the exercising horse. The sweat contains water and electrolytes, or salts. The main electrolytes are sodium,…

Who Knew Equine fun facts, line drawing

Horse Trivia Time!

Are you ready for an e-book full of fun facts all about equines? Equine Connection and Equine Guelph have partnered on an online educational initiative, “Who Knew? Fun Facts & Why it Matters. After collecting input from our followers and adding a few of our own lessor known truths, the e-book is ready to share. …

Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training Mar 20 2024

First Responder Refresher for Large Animal Emergency Rescue

Equine Guelph’s Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training team kicked off their 2024 schedule with a one-day refresher workshop at the beautiful Holly Oaks Farm on March 20, in Lynden, ON.  Among the attendees were members of the Hamilton Mounted police, York police, McKee-Pownall veterinary services, Troy Equine Services and members of TEAD – therapeutic…

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Equine Guelph makes a New Year’s Resolution!

To help you optimize your horse’s nutrition. What’s yours? Equine Guelph has made a New Year’s Resolution to empower horse owners to learn more about their horse’s nutrition and needs. January, dubbed by Equine Guelph as Nutrition Education Month, will be dedicated to increasing awareness of what caregivers can do to take control of their…

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20th Anniversary Special Feature with Alumni Monica Laane-Fralick

20th Anniversary Alumni, Monica Laane-Fralick has a real appreciation for welfare-based management strategies thanks to Equine Guelph’s 12-week online courses. Of great interest was learning about the myths in some traditional stable management practices and dispelling them with evidence-based sources such as those provided by Equine Guelph courses. Anthropomorphism (attribution of human characteristics/behaviours to animals) can create misunderstandings…

Large Animal Emergency Rescue course participants

First Responders are Gaining and Implementing Skills for Large Animal Emergency Rescue

The next stop for Equine Guelph’s Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training team will be Ashburn, Ontario on Sept 16 and 17, 2023.  The two-day operational level course, presented by Equine Guelph (University of Guelph), WindReach Farm and Scugog Fire Department, will be important training for emergency response teams that are called out to extricate…

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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…

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,…

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…

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Equine Guelph: An Online Portal to Unlimited Possibilities

Story by: Anya Barradas, Ontario Veterinary College Students and faculty from more than 40 countries around the world form the foundation of Equine Guelph’s online community. Regardless of their academic backgrounds, their goals or their reasons for enrolling, students from different walks of life can adapt the courses to their specific needs and interests. What…

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Equine Guelph Drives Home Safety with Online Trailer Course

Planning on getting hitched in 2023?  Equine Guelph is rolling out a brand-new online course March 6 – 20 on TheHorsePortal.ca – Horse Trailer Safety (Part One). “WAY too many private horse owners tell me ‘they didn’t know’ after an incident with their horses and trailer/transport. Hauling horses is a serious responsibility,” says Dr. Rebecca…

Equine Guelph’s Large Animal Emergency Rescue Workshop Travels to Quebec

People are willing to go to great lengths to rescue their animals and do not always make the best decisions in stressful emergency situations, retired police officer Aline Nault can attest.  The Monts et Vallons à cheval, equestrian club president is proud of her members’ dedicated year-long fund-raising campaigns that resulted in bringing Equine Guelph’s…