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Winter Water Woes and Colic Prevention

Nothing can drain the colour from a horse owner’s face quicker than hearing the word COLIC!  Winter is an important season to focus on colic prevention and ward off water woes that can lead to impaction in the equine gut.   Equine Guelph has many resources to reduce your horse’s risk of colic, including a FREE interactive…

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Racing-Exclusive Online Courses a Win!

Ontario racing industry provides feedback on Equine Guelph’s Pilot Project 100% positive feedback has been received for the new TheHorsePortal.ca online courses, developed exclusively for Ontario Racing industry members!  Respiratory health, lameness prevention and gut health prove to be a priority.   In 2016, Equine Guelph conducted a major Ontario Horse Racing Industry Survey and learned that…

Colic Prevention – Introduce Spring Pasture Slowly

Spring is upon us and so is the prevalence of gas colic. Equine Guelph is sharing many strategies to prevent it.   First, Equine Guelph recommends that every horse owner refers to its FREE Colic Risk Rater Tool (www.equineguelph.ca/colictool) to help them assess their management practices, such as introducing new feeds slowly to reduce their colic risk.  An…

Are You Concerned About Colic During Covid-19?

With many horses seeing their exercise schedules suddenly reduced or eliminated, questions have cropped up if this creates a higher risk of colic.  Our National Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines is clear: Horses must have some form of exercise or turnout unless under stall rest for medical reasons or severe environmental conditions make this…