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HOW CAN HORSE OWNERS PRACTISE GOOD BIOSECURITY?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 19, 2012 11:04

 
Equine Guelph's eWorkshop Helps You Protect Your Horse from Infectious Diseases -  "Beat the Bugs" with Biosecurity
 
 
Guelph, Ontario - Back by popular demand, Equine Guelph has announced the second offering of the Biosecurity Prevention eWorkshop from October 22 - November 4, 2012.  Equine Guelph's new eWorkshops are two-week online short courses designed for busy horse owners. They provide the latest evidence-based information available from University of Guelph and industry experts.
 
Take a look at Equine Guelph's Report on Research video with University of Guelph's Dr. Scott Weese outlining practical points of what a horse owner can do to reduce the chances of his or her horse catching an infectious disease such as West Nile Virus.
 
Dr. Weese, who also authors the "Worms and Germs" blog, says "Having a basic infection control plan in place is probably the biggest thing someone can do to reduce the risk of disease."
 
Weese goes on to stress, "It does not matter what you do with your horse(s), or whether you have only one horse, or a herd of 100, as an owner you should have a general idea of the measures you are going to take in order to reduce the risk of infection."
 
Weese has been working in the area of biosecurity and infection control for over 15 years, always looking for better ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases with a strong emphasis on prevention. He gives talks at Equine Guelph's new biosecurity workshops and two week eWorkshop.
 
In fact, Weese was the first speaker at Equine Guelph's "Beat the Bugs" biosecurity workshops launched last April for horse enthusiasts around the globe. He says, "Equine Guelph's biosecurity programs are great for getting people thinking in a broader context when it comes to infection control and putting into practice the easy day-to-day steps which can reduce outbreaks of disease."
 
The two week eWorkshop introduces practical steps that are easy to make into daily habits including:
 
1. Identifying risks of infectious disease in the barn and creating a practical biosecurity plan.
 
2. Reducing risks of disease by having and using hand washing stations, clean footwear and rules for visitors.
 
3. Having protocols for isolating new and returning horses. Biosecurity is just as important on the road and when visiting other venues. Disease is easily spread through equipment sharing.
 
The first eWorkshop was positively received:
 
Patty Russen, New York, USA said, "This course offered extensive information on biosecurity. I believe it to be valuable, and even essential, for any barn owner or for any horse owner/boarder that wants to protect and give their horse the best and safest conditions possible." 
 
"Beat the Bugs" is an awareness campaign developed by Equine Guelph with the assistance of 13 industry partners: the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Colorado State University, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Grand River Agricultural Society, Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, Ontario Veterinary College, Standardbred Canada, Vétoquinol Canada Inc. and Woodbine Entertainment Group.
 
The program is funded through the Agricultural Biosecurity Program (ABP), part of the Best Practices Suite of programs under Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of several Growing Forward programs in Ontario.
 
For more information about Equine Guelph's biosecurity programs and to view the Biosecurity Calculator please visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.php or contact Susan Raymond at
Equine Guelph, slraymon@uoguelph.ca.
 
Equine Guelph offers award-winning online education from one of the top universities in Canada - the University of Guelph.   Students benefit from insights offered by leading industry experts from across North America. Equine Guelph's online program has attracted over 1,000 students from all around the world, including every province in Canada, the United States, France, United Arab Emirates, Korea, Egypt, Australia, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Israel, Columbia, India and South Africa. Equine Guelph is known worldwide as one of the most respected online equine learning communities.
 
Don't miss out- on the next two-week eWorkshop October 22 - November 4, 2012. Cost is $75 + HST.
 
Visit http://www.equineguelph.ca/biosecurity_esessions.php for course details.
 
 
                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
 

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EQUUS Foundation Joins UHC and Teams up with R.O.A.R. Campaign

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 13, 2012 18:13

 

 

Washington, DC – September 13, 2012. The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) welcomes its newest member, The EQUUS Foundation.

The EQUUS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, promoting the use of horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal.

The Foundation provides financial support through grants to horse-related charities across the United States, operating a network of equine organizations and equine enthusiasts; providing scholarships to reward volunteer service on behalf of horses, and conducting information outreach to educate the public about horses.

In 2012 the EQUUS Foundation awarded over $290,000 in grants to charities dedicated to the well-being of horses, and improving the quality of life of people through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

The EQUUS Foundation has also been selected as the newest member of the Animal Planet’s Reach Out. Act. Respond. (R.O.A.R.) Campaign. From September 1 through October 31, Animal Planet will provide each participating partner with money based on the donations that they receive in association with the R.O.A.R. eight-week matching campaign. The donations received will be used to rescue, retrain, and re-home unwanted and abandoned horses as therapy horses. Animal Planet is also awarding a bonus to the charity with the highest number of Facebook shares. To donate, follow this link:  http://www.equusfoundation.org/ROAR; Click ‘share’ to spread the word.

“We are pleased to be joining forces with the EQUUS Foundation. It is truly a pleasure to work with an organization that does such wonderful things for unwanted horses in our industry. We look forward to helping many of our nation’s unwanted horses and horse rescues together,” said Ericka Caslin, Director of the UHC.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses.  

For more information about joining the UHC or unwanted horses, please visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Ericka Caslin at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org.


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The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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