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FREE Equine Behaviour & Safety Online Course Offered to Kids around the World!

By Jackie Zions

Equine Guelph, the horse centre at the University of Guelph in Canada, has announced it is setting up a free virtual classroom for English-speaking youth around the world. Horse-crazy teenagers (ages 13-17) will have the opportunity to take an online Horse Behaviour & Safety course with access open until February 6, 2021 on www.TheHorsePortal.com With no specific time to be…

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Learn practical nutrition tips with new Equine Guelph videos

By Jackie Zions

Part 3 of the digestive journey coming to your screen Dec 2020! Why are forage and/or forage-based feeds or alternatives so important for a horse’s digestive system? If you subscribe to Equine Guelph’s monthly Enews, you will find out in part three of their three-part video series on equine digestion. Watch as we take what we’ve…

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Comparing Equid Skulls for Insight into Behavioural Differences

By Jackie Zions

In a recent study, researchers literally get inside the heads of horses and donkeys, looking for relationships between skull morphology and temperament. Such studies have been conducted in different dog breeds, but little is known when it comes to equids. Associate professor and University of Guelph researcher Dr. Katrina Merkies collaborated on a project with professor…

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Ontario Horse Racing Online Courses Survey 2.0

By Jackie Zions

You told us – We built it – What’s next? Guelph, ON – As the 2019-20 “Ontario Training Pilot Project for the Horse Racing Industry” draws to completion at year-end, Equine Guelph is launching a survey to hear from the industry, “How did we do? What do you want to learn next?” Equine Guelph is…

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Caring for our Seniors’ Hooves

By Jackie Zions

As we age, jumping out of bed ready and raring to go may cease to be the norm. It is often replaced by a few groans, moans, creaks, cracks and slow maneuvers before we kick into gear! The same may be true for your senior horse; challenges with stiff joints, laminitis and hoof issues are all more…

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5th Equine Industry Symposium Begins Nov 16

By Jackie Zions

Conquering Covid-19: One Hoof Print at a Time By Rachel Chater, Equine Management student Guelph, Ontario (November 3, 2020) – Over the last eight months, the struggles of COVID-19 have affected our day-to-day lives. In the wake of the global pandemic, the theme of this year’s Equine Industry Symposium will be RESILIENCE: Rethinking, Restructuring, Revaluating…

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Tour the horse’s digestive system with new videos from Equine Guelph

By Jackie Zions

The second Equine Guelph video about the horse’s digestive system will be launched in Equine Guelph’s November Enews (November 5, 2020). Sign up for the free monthly Enews and watch as Jack, a rising standardbred film star, shows off what organs, like the large colon, really look like. You’ll learn more about how horses break down their…

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Equine Industry Symposium 2020 Goes Virtual!

By Jackie Zions

Agents of Change Host 5th Annual Event Since its inception in 2016, the Equine Industry Symposium hosts and participants have set out to be agents of change. As the organizers, preparing for the 5th annual event this November, the students of the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management degree program in Equine Management are embodying change. Amidst a pandemic…

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Do equestrians know how their horses learn?

By Tanja Bornmann (MSc Equine Science, Academic Equitation)

Why is it so important for equestrians to become educated about learning theory and its practical application? Because, knowingly or not, in each single encounter with horses we use learning theory tools from our training toolbox. Sometimes, equestrians pick the wrong tools from the toolbox, or do not know how to use the selected tool correctly and, due to this, horses may suffer (often silently) and become ‘naughty’, ‘unwilling’, ‘difficult’, or even dangerous to handle. Horses do not ‘test’ you, nor are they being ‘dominant’ and need you to tell them that you are the ‘boss’.

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