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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 8, 2011 13:30

Equine Guelph + 20 Partners Support Youth Safety Workbook



Photo Caption:  Photo by Gary Brown

Partners of Equine Guelph’s safety initiative “Play Safe. It’s HorseSense!” gather and have some fun modeling horse hats that bear a safety message for kids.  Back row (l – r):  Jackie Bellamy, Equine Guelph; John Aird, Workplace Safety Prevention Services; Gayle Ecker, Equine Guelph; Catherine Barker, Ontario Equestrian Federation; Susan Raymond, Equine Guelph; Ed James, SSG Gloves; Brenda Snape, SSG Gloves.  Front row (l – r):  Henrietta Coole, Equine Guelph; Dwayne Job, System Fencing and Tack; John Gilliland, Kubota Canada; Tammie Karsten, Workplace Safety Prevention Services.


Equine Guelph, with the support of 20 industry partners from Canada and the United States, is launching a 20-page bilingual interactive workbook titled Danger Detective on the Horse Farm, which teaches equine safety to youth through fun, engaging activities.

 Horses continue to be the #1 cause of agricultural animal injuries to our youth; 67% of animal-related injuries to kids (19 and under) are caused by horses.  In addition, machine run-overs are the #1 cause of fatal injuries to youth on farms (Source: Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program).  The combination of horses and equipment plus kids can add up to a disaster waiting to happen.

 The way to keep our children safe is through education, and Equine Guelph has rallied with the industry to present this significant project.  Major partners include:  Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), Equine Guelph, Kubota Canada, SSG Gloves, Saddle Up SAFELY, System Fencing and Tack, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture (The Equine Initiative), University of Kentucky HealthCare and Workplace Safety Prevention Services.  All equine federations are on-board, including:  Alberta Equestrian Federation, Alberta Farm Safety Centre, Equine Association of Yukon, Fédération équestre du Québec, Horse Council British Columbia, Island Horse Council, Manitoba Horse Council, New Brunswick Equestrian Federation, Newfoundland Equestrian Association, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation Ontario Equestrian Federation and Saskatchewan Horse Federation.

 Partners will be distributing 55,000 workbooks to kids aged 10-12 years, available through:  EquiMania! (Can-Am and The Royal), federation exhibits at shows and events, industry retail locations, classrooms (in Alberta) and federation mailings. 

 This project was made possible by a significant funding contribution from CASA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and safety on Canadian farms and ranches.  “CASA is pleased to support an initiative within this unique agricultural industry; one that is uniting to create a strong partnership to keep its kids safe,” says Marcel Hacault, executive director of CASA. 

 For more information on how to obtain a Danger Detective on the Horse Farm Activity Workbook, please contact your provincial/territorial equine federation.


-By Henrietta Coole


 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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