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EquiMania! Proves Popular at Minnesota State Fair!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 18, 2013 08:50


 Guelph, ON - August 22 - September 2, EquiMania! made an impact at its inaugural appearance at Minnesota State Fair!  Produced by Equine Guelph at the University of Guelph, EquiMania! is an interactive youth education program and exhibition designed to teach kids about horse health and safety. EquiMania! moved in at the Minnesota State Fair horse barn and that is where the replicated display will stay for the next five years to cater to a whole new audience in the U.S.
 
EquiMania! features several interactive components that teach anatomy and biology of horses with scale models and real bones. Equine Guelph is well known for its online educational pathways for horse enthusiasts starting with EquiMania! and ranging up to the Equine Science Certificate and accredited diploma program. Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, says, "We are thrilled to be partnering with Minnesota State Fair and extending educational opportunities in a way that makes learning fun. That's EquiMania!"
 
The Equine Guelph team greeted throngs of fair visitors 2nd largest fair in the United States visited by almost 1.8 million people and this is what they had to say:
 
"Very helpful!  Great information, I LOVED it.  I'm in college for Equine Science and this exhibit is AMAZING!"  - Michaela
 
"Wonderful!  Informative and so much fun!  My 6 year old says it's the best thing he saw at the fair." - Veronica
 
"Excellent display & teaching! This is the most fun I've had (and the most I've learned) in the horse barn in 34 consecutive years at attendance.  I'm a physician  - the comparative anatomy lesson was fascinating!"
 
Agriculture education manager of the Minnesota Fair, Michelle Butler declares, "EquiMania! was a fantastic addition to our fair as it aligned  with our fair's mission to educate and involve our guests by providing a showcase that is innovative, entertaining and fun.  The response to the exhibit was overwhelmingly positive!  We are thrilled to have partnered with Equine Guelph to bring EquiMania! to the Minnesota State Fair for the next several years."
EquiMania! will share their popular exhibit with more venues in the United States, teaching horse enthusiasts about safety and horse health in a fun interactive way thanks to this fabulous partnership.
 
Bring EquiMania! to your event: horses@uoguelph.ca
 
 

Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca.

 
Link to news story on Equine Guelph Site:
http://equineguelph.ca/news/index.php?content=386
 


Intercity Insurance - Equine Guelph's First 'Education Patron'

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 21, 2013 11:32



Equine Guelph is pleased to announce that Intercity Insurance has become an 'Education Patron' of Equine Guelph. Mike King of Intercity Insurance has been a loyal supporter of Equine Guelph and its educational programs for many years as an instructor and sponsor of the Hoofprints tribute program. Now King has made the commitment to support Equine Guelph's education program at the next level.
 
With a background of over 40 years' experience in the horse industry - riding, training, managing a barn, competing, teaching, judging and horse show organizing - Mike King is passionate about the equine industry and understands the importance of being a knowledgeable horse owner.
 
"Intercity Insurance is proud to be an Education Patron of Equine Guelph - an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of horses through educating the equine industry, which ultimately leads to saving horses lives," says King.  "As part of our partnership, for every equine insurance policy sold, Intercity provides a contribution to Equine Guelph's education program."
 
Equine Guelph thanks Intercity for becoming an education patron and for their ongoing support of the Hoofprints tribute program which provides horse owners a valuable outlet to celebrate cherished memories.   Intercity's contributions as an education patron will help provide important stimulus to continue to build and improve Equine Guelph education programs for the equine industry.

Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca.

Mike King is the horse industry specialist at Capri Insurance and is responsible for the risk management and insurance programs which benefit various regional, provincial and national equine associations. http://www.horseownertoday.com/blog/ask-the-insurance-professional/

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Equine Guelph Declares 2013 the Year of Colic Prevention!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 23, 2013 09:39


Guelph, ON. - Equine Guelph is combating the number one killer of horses (other than old age!) with a new eWorkshop on colic prevention, March 11 to 24.
 
This affordable online short course is designed to help horse owners understand colic and take preventative measures by following good stable management practices. At a cost of only $75 plus HST, this eWorkshop could translate into thousands of dollars of savings by helping horse owners avoid the nightmare of colic.
 
Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention eWorkshop will cover topics that will help horse caregivers reduce colic in horses by identifying risk factors, understanding different types of colic, detecting early signs and symptoms, assessing their management plans and developing preventative strategies.
Upon completion of the Colic Prevention eWorkshop, participants are eligible to receive a certificate from Equine Guelph. This two-week online course also qualifies for Equine Canada coaches updating credits.
 
As part of the colic prevention program, Equine Guelph is also launching its latest FREE online health care tool, the "Colic Risk Rater," which will assess and calculate colic risk and provide useful feedback on management practices.
 
 
Every month in 2013, Equine Guelph will be providing a practical colic prevention tip in Equine Guelph's e-News, which will be capped off with the release of a Colic Prevention Tips poster in December.
 
Equine Guelph would like to thank everyone who participated last fall in Equine Guelph's Canada-wide colic survey. "Understanding the horse owners' experiences with colic has assisted Equine Guelph in developing a Colic Prevention Program tailored to the industry's needs," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.
 
In addition to funding from Alltech and Standardbred Canada, investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.  Partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Society of Ontario, Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Harness Horse Association and the Ontario Veterinary College.
 
For more information about how to reduce the risk of colic using Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program, visit EquineGuelph.ca/eworkshops/colic.php.

 
Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca.
 
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Jackie Bellamy  
     

 
 
 
 
 
               
 
   
 
 
 
 

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Sign up for your FREE Health Flash

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 15, 2013 13:51


 
                                                             
 

Equine Guelph is pleased to announce the introduction of Health Flash - a program of four seasonal health reminders to help the busy horse owner keep on top of the changes that affect their sector during the year. The program will also provide special alerts in case of disease outbreaks and comes complete with interactive games to test your seasonal savvy.
 
"Health Flash will be a valuable tool to any horse owner as it provides very concise information to help keep on top of seasonal issues. Health Flash has the potential to have a positive economic impact on the industry as a whole as 'healthy horses' translate into a 'healthy industry'," says University of Guelph researcher, Dr. Kim McGurrin.
 
In addition to funding from Vétoquinol Canada and Merck Canada, investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council. Other partners include the Canadian Animal Health Institute and the Ontario Veterinary College.
 
Sign up at www.EquineGuelph.ca to receive Health Flash.

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EQUIMANIA! FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST RETURNS!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 12, 2013 08:29


 
                                                            
 

Hey Kids!
 
Show us a picture of horse(s) exhibiting fun behavior. Enter the second annual EquiMania! Facebook contest! A cool prize is on offer for the winner; sure to be appreciated by the horse lover in your family.
 
Enter to WIN! Show us an example of horse behavior whether it is playing, rolling, funny faces, interacting or whatever tickles your funny bone about their interesting routines. 
 
Please specify on your entry if you are:
 
1)      A contestant under 16 years old
2)      A contestant 16 years and up
 
Deadline for entries is January 15, 2013! Go to the EquiMania! facebook page for complete contest rules and submission details (http://www.facebook.com/pages/EquiMania/171050546252099).  Like us on Facebook, fill in the registration sheet and send your photos to eqmania@uoguelph.ca

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EQUIMANIA! RETURNS TO THE ROYAL

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 17, 2012 08:47

 



 
 
EquiMania! has been busy this year traveling all over Ontario and the U.S, recruiting EquiManiacs keen  on learning more about horses and safety. 
 
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Kubota, Ontario Equestrian Federation, SSG Gloves, System Fencing, Pfizer Animal Health, ShurGain and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services;  EquiMania! continues to be a family favorite!
 
After being featured at many local fall fairs, EquiMania!  will bring its hugely popular interactive display to Toronto for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to wind up its 2012 tour.  Look for the new displays featuring "Report on Research" videos and a Colic Prevention exhibit.   And back by popular demand - EquiMania! Explorer - an interactive safety activity for kids.
 
Learn how to become an EquiMania! volunteer!   You could bring your whole barn to volunteer for the day - find out what we have to offer.
Contact: equimania4kids@uoguelph.ca   
Learn how to bring EquiMania! to your event in 2013.

 
 
 
 
                                                                    
 

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Equine Guelph Combats Colic with Your Help!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 4, 2012 09:17



 
 
Guelph, ON. - Colic is the number one killer of horses (other than old age!) and Equine Guelph is launching a comprehensive colic survey across Canada to better understand colic management practices in the industry and how people are dealing with colic. "Understanding the horse owners' experiences with colic will assist in developing targeted educational programs," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. 
 
Results from the survey will help develop Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program that includes a Colic Risk Rater and a Colic Prevention eWorkshop (a two-week online short course) with the aim of reducing horse owners' risk of colic. Dr. Judith Koenig, associate professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, states, "Colic is a major health issue facing horse owners both emotionally and financially. If horse owners are able to reduce their risk of colic through management, it will improve both the overall health and welfare of the horse." 
 
This is the first survey of its kind in Canada. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and is available online through www.EquineGuelph.ca. The survey will be open from July 25th September 25th, 2012.
Participants of the survey will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of two registrations to Equine Guelph's upcoming Colic Prevention eWorkshop!
 
In addition to funding from Standardbred Canada, investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council. 
 
For more information about Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/education/colic.
 
                                                                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Distance Learning Program Offers Ease of Equine Education

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 5, 2012 11:48

 


Equine Guelph unveils the first offering of Advanced Equine Behavior this fall as part of their award-winning course lineup.

Guelph, Ontario - June 14, 2012 - Building upon its success in providing quality education in an easy-to-use online format, Equine Guelph at the University of Guelph is pleased to announce the first offering of Advanced Equine Behaviour as part of the newly introduced Equine Welfare Certificate program.

Through this 12-week online course, students will develop a higher level of understanding regarding equine behaviour, including abnormal behaviour and the management practices which contribute to them. Students will also be provided with an in-depth look at the behaviour research process and apply this evidence-based learning to current practices in order to build upon their knowledge of horses both as individuals and as a species.

Course instructor Kelly Jimmerson is an alumnus of Michigan State University's horse management certificate and graduate programs and has worked in the horse industry since 1991. "I have studied the science and psychology of animal behavior and horse training, and it continues to be my favourite topic of study and practice," says Jimmerson. She feels that this course will be of great interest to young professionals coming into the industry, as well as for mid-life professionals and hobbyists with an interest in equine behaviour.

Key topics of Advanced Equine Behaviour will include equine learning and the roles of positive and negative reinforcement; equine stress, sterotypies, and management practices; and management practice evaluation in regards to equine behaviour and welfare.

"A growing number of people are concerned with acting in accordance with the horse's nature during training, handling, and care," says Jimmerson, who is certified as a riding instructor through the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International, and through the Certified Horsemanship Association. "This course will give students the opportunity to delve into the evidence-based research that is informing our understanding of the horse's nature and well-being, apply it to real-life situations, as well as the tools to evaluate how closely current management systems fit with the horse's nature."

Students will also be provided with the opportunity to conduct a research project, giving them the opportunity to focus on a behaviour topic of their choice and allowing for an intense literature review of a specific part of equine behaviour that is relevant to their interests and situations.

"One of the larger goals of the research project is to give students the skills necessary to stay 'current' and to evaluate sources of information and theories so that they may conduct research independently after the course is complete," says Jimmerson.

Other courses offered in Equine Guelph's Fall 2012 lineup include: Management of the Equine Environment, Equine Health & Disease Prevention, Equine Nutrition, Growth & Development, Exercise Physiology, Equine Business Management, Equine Journalism, and Stewardship of the Equine Environment. Registration is now open, with early bird registration ending August 10. Courses run from September 10 to December 2, 2012.

For more information, please contact the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at info@coles.uoguelph.ca, call 519-767-5000 or visit http://www.equinestudiesdiploma.com.

About Equine Guelph

Equine Guelph is the horse owner's Centre at the University of Guelph, supported and overseen by equine industry groups, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.

Equine Guelph partners with the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support to provide accessible, evidence based knowledge to the equine industry in Canada and Internationally. 19 online courses are currently being offered.

www.equineguelph.ca

About The Centre of Open Learning and Educational Support

The Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise and leadership to the University of Guelph community and our partners in the following: the scholarship and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced education, open learning and professional development. We provide support for teaching and learning that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental, and based on best practices.

www.coles.uoguelph.ca

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How Can Horse Farms Practice Biosecurity?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 10, 2012 14:00

 

 

 

Biosecurity in the horse industry can be a difficult concept to comprehend, and put into practice, especially when the average horse frequently travels off property or encounters horses that have been off the farm.  However, lack of infection control procedures can leave a barn vulnerable to all kinds of diseases.  Indeed it is an important topic to discuss with your veterinarian.  This can include subjects such as:  cleaning, disinfection, considerations to make when moving horses around and testing of horses when they become sick.  According to University of Guelph Researcher and author of the “Worms and Germs” blog, Dr. Scott Weese, “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 trying to find better ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases with a strong emphasis on prevention including giving talks at Equine Guelph’s new biosecurity workshops and two week e-Session.

 

Weese studies a wide range of diseases, one of which includes current diseases where the virus may change, like the Equine Herpes virus.  He also mentions diseases that spring up out of nowhere, like West Nile virus, and cautions even though the disease may first appear on another continent we are always at risk for new and emerging diseases.

 

Weese and Dr. Maureen Anderson of the Ontario Veterinary College's Centre for Public Health and Zoonoseshave been tracking diseases and infections all over the world.  For the last three years they have been posting helpful information for horse and pet owners, first with “equIDblog” and now via the “Worms and Germs blog.”  Keeping tabs on emerging diseases in the area is valuable information when discussing the importance and timing of a vaccination program with your veterinarian.  This will help ensure the program is a good fit for the needs of your horse.  Weese cautions that vaccination should not be the only biosecurity practice horse owners engage in.

Any time a horse goes off the farm and encounters other horses it has a chance of contracting an infectious disease.  A few ways to lower those risks include:  avoiding nose to nose contact, not sharing water buckets and grooming equipment and avoid having people that are handling other horses handle your own horses. 

 

This brings us to the topic of what to do when returning from a trip off the farm.  Ideally a horse that leaves the farm and is exposed to other horses should come home to a quarantine protocol to reduce the chances of spreading infections to the entire herd.  Although this is not always possible, due consideration should be given to keeping the housing separate for horses that travel frequently especially if you also keep horses at greater risk of infection such as broodmares or foals.

 

Weese was the first speaker at the launch of Equine Guelph’s “Beat the Bugs” biosecurity workshops and says, “These workshops 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.”

 

To view the Report on Research video on Biosecurity for Horse Owners go to: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9ACE18F9180735B1&feature=plcp


To learn more about protecting your horse from infectious disease- sign up for Equine Guelph’s upcoming  Biosecurity e-Session April 16 -19 at www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.php

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Yes You Can….Learn to Make a Difference With Horses

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 15, 2012 07:42

Guelph, Ontario – March 9, 2012 - The University of Guelph’s award winning continuing education program has unveiled their new Equine Welfare Certificate which will offer students the opportunity to explore animal welfare issues in the horse industry both locally and globally.

 

Made up of six online courses, this program has been designed to engage students who have a passion for making a better world for our equines, and will examine the biological and emotional factors that affect a horse’s quality of life. Course content will include housing, management practices and procedures that can affect the well being of horses.

 

"It is extremely important that everyone who owns or works with horses understands not only the complex issues, but also the common practices in daily care and management that can affect the welfare of horses,” explains Tina Widowski, Director of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare. “Through our partnership with Equine Guelph, we are able to combine top expertise in both equine science and animal welfare science to deliver a practical and well-rounded program in Equine Welfare."

 

Offered by the Campbell Centre, Equine Guelph, and the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support, the Equine Welfare Certificate core courses include Equine Welfare, Advanced Equine Behaviour, Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition, and Global Perspectives in Animal and Equine Welfare, as well as two elective courses including Health and Disease Prevention, The Equine Industry, Equine Nutrition, and Advanced Equine Anatomy.

 

The Equine Welfare and Advanced Equine Behaviour courses will be offered during the fall semester beginning September 10, 2012; however, the required pre-requisite courses for this certificate are currently available for registration, with courses starting in May 2012.

While acknowledging that most only want the best for their beloved equines, many horse lovers yearn for the chance to better understand why horses do the things they do and recognize situations that may compromise horse welfare. “This program has been designed to provide students with the tools to become familiar with negative emotional states and recognize how welfare can be objectively assessed in the horse to improve its overall health,” says Gayle Ecker, Director of Equine Guelph.

 

For more information, please contact the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at info@coles.uoguelph.ca, call 519-767-5000 or visit www.EquineWelfareCertificate.com.

 

About The Centre of Open Learning and Educational Support

The Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise and leadership to the University of Guelph community and our partners in the following: the scholarship and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced education, open learning and professional development. We provide support for teaching and learning that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental, and based on best practices.

 

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