Horse care

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Equine Guelph Names September Senior Horse Education Month

Equine Guelph has announced that the month of September will be Senior Horse Education Month. As our landscape starts to turn golden with the approach of fall, and a nip of nostalgia in the air, we pause to think about our equid friends in their golden years. The next four weeks will be dedicated to…

Lilian - student of Horse Behaviour and Safety course for Youth

Horse Crazy Youth Learn to Speak Horse by Taking Free Online Course

On countryside road trips, do your children point and shout “HORSES” without fail?  Are they drawn like a magnet to the majesty of noble equids?  If so, this online, self-paced course from Equine Guelph is for them and it will be FREE for a limited time!  The Horse Behaviour & Safety online course on TheHorsePortal.ca…

Equine Guelph’s Latest Online Course is Golden!

Get Savvy for your Senior Horse If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail the adage says.  It is certainly true when it comes to keeping your horse comfortable in its golden years.  Picking up on subtle cues and knowing when to make management changes can make all the difference in the world…

Anatomy of Horse illustration by Ruth Benns

The Impact of Antibiotics on the Equine Gut

The thinking on how we use antibiotics is changing in the world of medicine especially as we learn more about their impact on the inhabitants of the gut.  Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Dr. Diego Gomez, took part in a collaborative study with researchers across North America to study the effects of intravenous antimicrobials on the…

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Praise for Practical Online Learning on TheHorsePortal.ca

Whether you are brushing up on Emergency Preparedness with a course in equine first aid or other stable management priorities like learning what’s in your forage; TheHorsePortal.ca has been helping equestrians advance their knowledge with one and two-week online courses that are easy to fit into busy schedules. Thirteen short courses on hot topics give…

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PVC an Emerging Trend for Horse Barn Construction 

With biosecurity advantages and the huge selling point of not absorbing moisture, Dwayne Job, owner of System Equine, sees the use of PVC in horse barns as a trend that will continue to gain popularity.  Job has been installing Polyvinyl Chloride panels in wash stalls, isolations stalls, tack rooms, feed rooms and ceilings for horse farm owners…

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Newcomers to the Horse Industry Succeed with OEEEP Program

Graduates like Susan Walker are following their hearts and entering the horse industry thanks to the Ontario Equine Education and Employment Program (OEEEP). Ontario residents, 18 years and over, that are unemployed or underemployed and not in school full-time can apply by the June 24, 2022 deadline for the last offering of this amazing free…

Horse Vocalization

What is in a Whinny?

When horses talk, we listen but how good are we at deciphering what they have to say?  According to a recently published study (Nov 2021) by Dr. Katrina Merkies, researcher and associate professor at the University of Guelph, and her master student Haley Belliveau, we are faring well.  Using an online survey, participants categorized 32…

Holly Holstock Equine Student

Equine Student Creates Positive “Ripples”

Originally Posted on Tuesday March 22, 2022  One of the main goals of the University of Guelph’s Equine Studies Online program is for students to take what they’ve learned and apply it in the real world to create sustainable change. For current equine student Holly Gillman, this goal has already been achieved through her ongoing work with…

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New Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care Online Course Guest Expert Announced

Equine Guelph, the horse centre at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has announced that Dr. Brianne Henderson of Rivendell Equine Veterinary Services will act as course instructor for the new Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care course. She will be joined by renowned professor and farrier, Travis Burns of Virginia, U.S.A., in the role…

Dr Kristen Frederick gives a vaccination to black New Forest Pony. Photo credit Jackie Zions

April dubbed Vaccination Education Month by Equine Guelph

Just one horse with an infectious disease diagnosis can close a stable or event facility.  Vaccination is the best way to lower risk of loss of use, high treatment costs and unnecessary suffering for the horse.  Tailoring your annual immunization plan to each equid in your care is the best way to practise prevention from…

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Research on Equine Pregnancy

The value of long-term studies is well understood by researcher, Dr. Keith Betteridge who has been involved with Ontario Veterinary College equine reproduction studies since 1986.  Since graduating as a veterinarian from Bristol University, England, in 1959, Betteridge has seen reproduction technology evolve with the introduction of ultrasound in the 1980s and, most recently, RNA…