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Equine Guelph Presents Colic Workshop for Veterinarians

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 22, 2013 13:45

A special presentation was held at the University of Guelph on March 9th, 2013, delivering current research and findings to help veterinarians battle a horse owners' worst nightmare - colic. Equine Guelph has declared 2013, "the Year of Colic Prevention." This seminar began by highlighting results from the colic industry survey by project manager, Diane Gibbard. This survey was completed by over 1,200 respondents across Canada.  Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Dr. Belinda Black delivered a talk on the latest equipment and surgical techniques being used in the veterinary profession today. The informative morning came to a close with Dr. Steve Elliott, Global Product Director at Alltech, outlining emerging research using nutritional biotechnologies to improve gut health.
The Equine Guelph Colic Survey revealed that 85% of the respondents had personal experience with colic. The number one request from those polled was for more education on the signs and symptoms of colic. Findings indicate the majority of survey participants feed concentrates twice daily when more frequent smaller feedings could reduce colic risk. Those surveyed showed an awareness of making changes in feed slowly for concentrates but less awareness of the importance of making changes in forage over a recommended period of at least two weeks.   Survey participants were knowledgeable on the protocols for removing hay and feed at the first signs of colic but there was a large split when it came to determining timing for veterinary involvement. The survey identified clear gaps in knowledge and priority areas in education and communications and Equine Guelph will be responding to this need in current and future programming.
Dr. Belinda Black quoted a statistic stating 42% of colic cases had an environmental change one week prior to the incident (Malamed et al 2012). Diagnostic techniques for measuring lactate in venous blood were discussed as well as the use of ultrasound to check for free fluid in typical trouble spots within the gut. Regarding prevention; the importance of regular dental exams was highlighted, in addition to new research identifying crib-biters and windsuckers at a higher risk for colic.
Finally, Dr. Steve Elliot, Global Product Director at Alltech, reported on technology of nutritional management to stabilize healthy gut functioning. Disruptions in gut function can be one of the major contributors to the incidence of colic therefore feeding management is a prime consideration to maintain healthy digestive function. Elliot explained that bacteria in the horses' hindgut don't adapt to feed changes rapidly. He further discussed the problems bacteria can cause if they bind to the gastro intestinal tract to reproduce.
Topics discussed by all three speakers included the importance of a good parasite prevention program, routine dental care and making changes to feed slowly to reduce the risk of colic.
Equine Guelph thanks Alltech for funding provided to offer this Colic Presentation to local veterinarians. Stay tuned for the launch of Equine Guelph's 'Colic Risk Rater' - a free online healthcare tool designed to help horse owners reduce their risk of colic. 
Sign up for Equine Guelph's next Colic Prevention eWorkshop - April 15 -28

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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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Forage, Feed, and Custom Service Listing

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 28, 2013 17:30


The Ministry of Agriculture has a FREE on-line Forage, Feed, and Custom Service Listing site that allows producers to advertise feed for sale or feed wanted. 

For more information follow this link http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/FeedForageListing

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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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 15, 2013 14:13

18 December 2012

The FEI has launched a global campaign to promote the use of protective headgear. The move comes two weeks before implementation of a new rule making the use of a properly fastened protective headgear mandatory while riding on the show grounds at FEI events. The campaign, which will be conducted mainly online, begins today, a fortnight before the new rule comes into effect on 1 January 2013.
An important part of the campaign will be a series of emails with strong visuals reminding athletes of the importance of safety, and particularly of helmet use. These reminders will be sent to the National Federations, athletes and officials clubs, and various FEI stakeholders on a regular basis throughout 2013. A special page outlining the protective headgear requirements specific to each of the seven FEI disciplines on the field of play and outside the competition arena has been created on the FEI website and can be accessed here. Widgets for simple access to all the relevant information can be downloaded from this page.
“The helmet rule, which was unanimously adopted by the FEI General Assembly in 2011, is a significant step forward towards the better protection of our athletes,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. “Beginning 1 January 2013, protective headgear will be compulsory at all FEI events and we strongly encourage everyone involved in international equestrian sport to familiarise themselves with the new general and sport-specific rules. The welfare of all our athletes, human and equine, must be protected.”


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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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Notice to the Industry - Equine Herpes at Sports Creek

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 15, 2013 10:13

Report of case of Equine Herpes at Sports Creek in Michigan

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has been made aware of a case of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in a horse that raced at Sports Creek Raceway on December 19th.

Due to the report of this confirmed case, ORC Veterinarian Supervisor Dr. Bruce Duncan advises that Ontario racetracks need to be cautious. “The racing industry is very mobile. While it is up to the discretion of the track, I strongly recommend that race secretaries not accept entries from horses that have raced at this track in the past 30 days.”


Equine Canada Releases One Vision - New Strategic Plan Sets the Course to 2018

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 14, 2013 16:07

Our Vision Statement - Canadians are inspired to achieve personal excellence and embrace lifelong participation in equestrian activities 
Our Mission Statement - From championing best practices to encouraging fun and participation, Equine Canada is the dedicated national voice working to serve, promote and protect the interests of horses and Canada's equestrian community
Ottawa, Ontario- Canada's national equestrian federation has released One Vision - Equine Canada's Strategic Plan to 2018.  The most comprehensive plan in the federation's history comes after months of national stakeholder consultations with people from all walks of life, and in all parts of Canada, involved with the equine industry and equestrian sport community.
"One Vision is Equine Canada's most ambitious strategic plan to date," states Mike Gallagher, President of Equine Canada.  "We have established a rigorous set of objectives covering a broad range of activities, from horse welfare to equine and human athlete performance.
"We are excited to be launching this next chapter in our organization's history. Our sport, our industry is ever changing and we must change with it. To achieve success with our new vision for the future will take the outmost in teamwork, hard work and dedication to excellence," he adds.
The national organization has established an over-arching aspirational goal:   
Equine Canada will be widely recognized as a world-leading sport and equine federation committed to excellence, fair play and equine welfare; a model organization providing an inclusive environment where innovation, partnership and creativity flourish.
Equine Canada will measure the success of its strategic plan against the following benchmarks. 
•    Improved standards of care for the horse.   
•    A larger, more dynamic horse industry. 
•    Increased podium performances at: 
o    Olympic and Paralympic Games;
o    World Equestrian Games;
o    Pan-American and ParaPan American Games;
o    continental championships.
•    A strong national competition system that includes inter-provincial and national championships.
•    Programs for competitive development and life-long participation.
•    Programs that increase and diversify membership base.
•    Sustained organizational structures and processes that promote and support excellence and a culture where innovation and creativity flourish.
•    Strengthened connection between member engagement and policy development.
•    Through leadership and promotion of the benefits of association with the horse, more Canadians will be inspired to participate in equestrian activities as part of an active lifestyle.
Equine Canada Board of Directors' initiated the strategic planning process in the spring of 2011, which involved many hours of dedicated volunteer and staff time to bring the plan to fruition. The six-year plan is built upon the foundational belief that Equine Canada is the single national entity whose concerns and activities encompass sport, recreation, industry and equine welfare.
"Everyone, from volunteers, stakeholders, members and staff must be acknowledged for their tremendous commitment to our strategic planning process," states the President. "Their contributions were absolutely vital."
An implementation plan is currently under development with staff and volunteers. Semi-annual progress reports will be published on the Equine Canada website under About Us - Governance.   
Download  One Vision
Our Plan at a Glance
Canada Hippique publie
Une vision - Le nouveau plan stratégique trace la voie vers 2018

Notre énoncé de vision - Inciter les Canadiens à viser l'excellence et à participer aux activités équestres tout au long de leur vie.

Notre énoncé de mission - Valorisant les meilleures pratiques tout en encourageant le plaisir et la participation, Canada Hippique est la voix nationale par excellence qui travaille à servir, promouvoir et protéger les intérêts des chevaux et de la communauté équestre.
Ottawa, Ontario - La fédération équestre nationale du Canada a publié Une vision, le plan stratégique de Canada Hippique pour la période se terminant en 2018. Ce plan, le plus complet de l'histoire de la fédération, est le fruit de mois de consultations des intervenants nationaux auprès de personnes de tous horizons et de tous les coins du pays participant aux diverses facettes de l'industrie et de la communauté sportive équestres.

« Une vision est le plan stratégique le plus ambitieux de Canada Hippique à ce jour », indique Mike Gallagher, président de Canada Hippique. « Nous avons mis en place un ensemble rigoureux d'objectifs couvrant une vaste gamme d'activités, allant du bien-être du cheval aux prestations des athlètes équins et humains. »
« Nous sommes ravis de présenter ce nouveau chapitre de l'histoire de notre organisme. Notre sport et notre industrie sont en mutation constante, et il importe de nous adapter. Pour que cette vision de notre avenir nous mène à la réussite, nous devrons exiger un maximum de travail d'équipe, d'efforts soutenus et d'engagement vers l'excellence », ajoute-t-il.
L'organisme national a établi l'objectif idéal primordial suivant :
Canada Hippique sera généralement reconnu comme une fédération sportive et équestre de classe mondiale engagée dans l'excellence, l'esprit sportif et le bien-être du cheval; un organisme modèle qui offre un environnement inclusif où l'innovation, le partenariat et la créativité s'épanouissent.
Canada Hippique évaluera la réussite de son plan stratégique à l'aide des points de référence suivants :
•    Des normes améliorées de soins des chevaux.
•    Une industrie équestre plus vaste et dynamique.
•    Un nombre accru de prestations dignes de podium aux :

o    Jeux olympiques et paralympiques;
o    Jeux équestres mondiaux;
o    Jeux panaméricains et para-panaméricains;
o    championnats continentaux;
o    championnats non olympiques.
•    Un solide système national de compétition comprenant des championnats interprovinciaux et nationaux.
•    Des programmes de perfectionnement des compétiteurs et de participation pour la vie.
•    Des programmes destinés à accroître le nombre et la diversité des membres.
•    Des structures organisationnelles soutenues et des processus qui favorisent et soutiennent l'excellence et une culture où l'innovation et la créativité sont florissantes.
•    Des liens renforcis entre l'engagement des membres et l'élaboration des politiques.   
•    Grâce au leadership et à la promotion des avantages de l'association avec le cheval, davantage de Canadiens auront envie d'intégrer les activités équestres à leur style de vie actif.   
Le conseil d'administration de Canada Hippique a entrepris le processus de planification stratégique en avril 2011. Des bénévoles et des employés dévoués ont consacré de nombreuses heures de travail à sa concrétisation. Ce plan, réparti sur six ans, repose sur la conviction fondamentale que Canada Hippique est l'unique organisme national dont les préoccupations et les activités englobent le sport, le loisir, l'industrie et le bien-être du cheval.
« Tous, que ce soit les bénévoles, les intervenants, les membres et le personnel, doivent être remerciés de leur profond engagement à notre processus de planification stratégique », souligne le président. « Leur contribution a été foncièrement cruciale. »
Le personnel et les bénévoles élaborent actuellement un plan de mise en œuvre. Canada Hippique publiera des rapports d'étape semestriels sur son site Web dans la section Infos - Gouvernance.
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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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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 12, 2013 08:28

Rimbey (December 10,2012) – The Rimbey Agricultural Society heads into 2013 with plans for the group’s most ambitious project ever. At the annual general meeting December 6th, members heard an update on the Agrim Centre facility. The $3.4 million building will boast close to 60,000 square feet of space, including a riding arena and 900 seat grandstand, plus meeting space and a board room. It’s to be located inside the existing track and infield of the rodeo grounds.
“We’re excited to move forward with the Agrim,” said Rimbey Ag Society President Will Mackinaw. “It’s going to be a big year for our group, and we look forward to support from the community.”
“Our feasibility study showed the potential for a two million dollar annual boost to the town of Rimbey from the building,” added Agrim spokesman Tim Edge.
A 3D model of the planned ag recreation facility was shown at the group’s meeting. Features include an outside balcony, and use of new ‘green’ technology in construction, such as a solar wall, and the ability to collect rainwater for the building’s non-potable water needs.
The project has been in the works for about a year, but organizers say the need for such a facility has been evident for years.
“Our old building has been too small for any feasible equine or bovine events in central Alberta,” said Edge. “After seeing the success of the Ponoka Ag Events Centre, our Ag Society decided to follow suit, with the full support of Ponoka County.”
In fact, the County has already committed a million dollars over two years to the project.
While some might question whether the region could support two large new ag buildings, Edge is confident the demand is already there.
“We’ve already had calls from numerous rodeo and horse groups, as well as oil related companies looking for trade show space. We can pencil in a profit if it’s used even thirty weekends a year, and we think that’s an achievable goal.”
“The possibilities for its uses are limited only by imagination, because it’s designed to be so multi-functional.”
The first phase of the project, which included the feasibility study, is complete, and a down payment has been made. Phase two, with some initial construction, is slated to begin early in the new year, after blueprints are completed.
“We appreciate the County’s support,” Edge noted. “We’re still looking for individuals and corporate partners to help make the facility a reality.”
A website with the latest information on the Agrim building project has also been launched at www.agrim.ca.
For further information contact:
Tim Edge 403-354-6730