March 29, 2017

Blanketing Decisions: Going Under Cover

February 1, 2017 – Equine Guelph has partnered with internationally renowned blanket manufacturer, Bucas of Ireland and is pleased to announce the launch of the ‘ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool.’

The new interactive online tool explores thermoregulation in all seasons to help horse owners avoid over-heating and dehydration along with a variety of sicknesses caused as a result of chilling and other preventable health concerns.

Nature has provided horses with a coat for all seasons, as every horse owner can attest during the hairy days of shedding season. Long hairs rise up creating an insulating layer in the cold months. Sleek shorter hairs part in the hot season to help the horse stay cool, but there is much more to thermoregulation than the length of hair coat.

“There are health factors to consider when deciding whether to blanket or not, including a horse’s age, health and body condition score,” said Equine Guelph Director Gayle Ecker. Exercise will also be a consideration if the equine is asked to perform higher level athletics in a cold climate. Once a horse is clipped, you are committed to making blanketing choices.

The ThermoRegulator Tool will lead horse owners through an interactive body condition score module. A horse classified as thin will have a hard time staying warm in winter. Turnout environment will also play a role in deciding if you should blanket. Take into consideration how windy or cold the forecast is and if there is access to shelter or windbreaks.

Frequently asked questions are addressed such as: how to measure for a blanket, choosing the right type of blanket, routine maintenance, preventing rub marks and fitting the challenging horse with prominent withers or large shoulders.

Bucas managing director Ulf Casselbrant complimented Equine Guelph, saying, “Bucas is pleased to partner with Equine Guelph in the development of the ‘ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool,’ as it is an excellent resource for the horse owner in understanding the principles of thermoregulation in horses and helpful in the proper use of blanket protection for their horse.”

To learn more about thermoregulation and to decide if your horse is a candidate to be covered by a blanket − go to the ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool.

(Equine Guelph)

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Inaugural Courses Added To Equine Guelph Portal

January 19, 2017 – Equine Guelph has announced some details in regard to the first two inaugural courses that have been added to its new portal, which as been created to provide horsepeople with short, practical, online training to stay up to date with the latest information on equine care.

For more information regarding thehorseportal.ca, click here.

The inaugural short courses are ‘Equine Welfare – Canada’s Code’, which will be conducted from March 6 until March 24, and ‘Equine Biosecurity – Canada’s standard’, which will run from April 10 until April 28.

“Through The Horse Portal, grooms and trainers can access common sense, practical training that can be used on a daily basis,” Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, has said. “Equine Guelph looks forward to partnering with the equine industry across the nation to bring Canadians together from racing and non-racing to learn about equine welfare and care as a community. Thank you to Standardbred Canada for supporting us on this important industry initiative.”

(With files from Equine Guelph)

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Equine Guelph Wants Your Input

November 29, 2016 – Equine Guelph would like to thank all participants so far that have given their input to help shape the future of the racing industry in Ontario.

The respondents to date have been five per cent from Quarter Horse, 23 per cent from Thoroughbred and 72 per cent from Standardbred racing industries. Your thoughts contributing towards a healthy and prosperous racing industry are invaluable.

So far there has been an outstanding survey completion rate of 93 per cent! The grooms, trainers and owners in the racing industry that have already completing this survey on racehorse health and well-being have been highly engaged. This feedback will assist Equine Guelph in directing future research and programs for the industry.

The goal of the survey is to learn more about the current challenges facing the Ontario horse racing industry in all three sectors (Quarter Horse, Standardbred, Thoroughbred). More specifically, this project explores: current racehorse health concerns (injuries and diseases of most concern), horsemanship and racehorse well-being including post racing opportunities, communications and training. Among other topics associated with health; we want to know what factors you think are related to injuries in racehorses. We want to know in which areas you believe more research is needed. Help us help you by completing this important survey.

As a racing professional, your input is important to help drive new research, educational programs and outreach efforts to maintain and improve racehorse health and well-being in Ontario. The survey is anonymous; no specific identifying information will be collected. A summary of the results of this comprehensive survey will be published.

At the end of the survey, participants have the option to enter a draw to win either one of five $100 fuel cards, one of five $50 Tim Horton’s cards or one of ten $25 Tim Horton’s cards. Chances of winning are approximately 1 in 20.

To take the survey, click here.

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Take The Equine Survey

October 24, 2016 – Equine Guelph is calling on grooms, trainers and owners in the racing industry, to complete a first of its kind survey on racehorse health and well-being to direct future research and programs for the industry. Your feedback can help shape the future of racing in Ontario.

The goal of the survey is to learn more about the current challenges facing the Ontario horse racing industry in all three sectors (quarter horse, standardbred, thoroughbred). More specifically, this project explores: current racehorse health concerns (injuries and diseases of most concern), horsemanship and racehorse well-being including post racing opportunities, communications and training.

As a racing professional, your input is important to help drive new research, educational programs and outreach efforts to maintain and improve racehorse health and well-being in Ontario. The survey is anonymous; no specific identifying information will be collected. A summary of the results of this comprehensive survey will be published.

At the end of the survey, participants have the option to enter a draw to win either one of five $100 fuel cards, one of five $50 Tim Horton’s cards or one of ten $25 Tim Horton’s cards. Chances of winning are approximately 1 in 20.

Give your input before December 15, 2016!

To take the survey, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns about your participation, please feel free to contact Diane Gibbard at (519) 824-4120 ext 53457 (or dgibbard@uoguelph.ca) or Gayle Ecker at (519) 824-4120 ext 56678 (or gecker@uoguelph.ca)

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Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm

January 18, 2016 –  The equine team at Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has compiled an information package to help industry participants reduce the risk of barn fires.

A booklet titled Reducing the risk of fire on your farm can be found on the OMAFRA website at the following link: Reducing the risk of fire on your farm

There are also some questions and answers at this resource on the OMAFRA website:Barn Fires – An Increasing Problem for Ontario Farmers

The Equine Guelph website also has the following resources:

Fire Safety

Fire Safety In Horse Stables (courtesy Penn State)

 

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EquiMania! Returning To The Royal

October 30, 2015 – EquiMania! will gallop back into Toronto for the third time this year for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which will run from November 6 -15. ‘Equimaniacs’ can’t get enough of the hands-on activities and love to immerse themselves in Equine Guelph’s well-travelled, award-winning display.

Equine Guelph partnered with the OEF will be promoting ‘Ticket to Ride’ once again at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Ticket to Ride program was hugely popular at its launch last year at the Royal. It offers youth an opportunity for a free introductory riding lesson (or introduction to horses) at participating OEF member riding facilities. Visit EquiMania! and the Ticket to Ride booth for details.

Girl Guide Night is another feature returning on Wednesday evening (November 11). They will participate in an exciting itinerary of activities working towards earning their Horse Power Badge followed by a special presentation by OEF in the Animal Theatre.

Check out new the new rider safety display and play the popular EquiMania! Explorer game. Kids and parents will learn more about horses and their welfare including: how to care for a horse, how to bandage legs, equine nutrition, the different breeds, how to braid a tail, identify horse bones and learn about parasites.

“It is important to deliver critical safety messages in a fun, interactive way to kids,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. “Young EquiMania! Explorers will be rewarded for their investigative work by receiving stamps in a passport and our ever-popular horse hat!”

Horse owners everywhere comment, “Where was this display when I was a kid?” For the young and the young at heart, every visitor to EquiMania! will come away learning at least one new thing about horses.

EquiMania! will also be home to one of the clues in the mission: cultivation scavenger hunt being held by the Royal Winter Fair for school groups. Find the tree stumps at all 14 education centres and find the answer to an agricultural question. Let’s see if we can stump you? When you are done bring back your booklet to the ‘Research Matters’ booth near the ‘aMAZEing Food Journey’ and enter to win a pizza party.

To book EquiMania! for your event in 2016, contact eq4kids@uoguelph.ca.

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Spread The Word, Not Germs

October 1, 2015 – Equine Guelph, in partnership with the Ontario horse racing industry, has launched a targeted, racing-specific biosecurity training program for all levels of the racing industry – from key stakeholders all the way down to grassroots.

Training sessions, tools, resources and videos are available to all three horse racing disciplines – Standardbred/Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse – to help protect the industry from the threat of infectious disease. Visit the Equine Guelph Infection Control Resources page.


Infection control is easier to understand when illustrated by Mark and Dan. Through unique whiteboard videos, Equine Guelph would like you to meet Mark, a lifelong member of the horse racing industry. Mark takes you on a journey through a steep learning curve as he recognizes the threats viruses and bacteria pose for his herd. You will hear about how he experienced the need for good infection control practices firsthand. His story is all about the basics and answers: What are the differences between bacteria and viruses? How are they spread? What can you do to prevent them?

His brother Dan also has an important story to tell. Watch a second video where he tells his story about improving infection control practices to keep his horses happy, healthy and at peak performance. This video answers: What should my goals for infection control be? How can I prevent illness at home? How can I prevent illness at the track?

Both whiteboard videos are part of a targeted, racing-specific biosecurity training program launched by Equine Guelph in partnership with the Ontario horse racing industry. The program consists of training sessions, tools, resources and videos available to all three horse racing disciplines – Standardbred/Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse. This three-stage program will help to protect the industry from the threat of infectious disease.

STANDARDBRED TRAINER BEN WALLACE (3:15 min)

 

QUARTERHORSE TRAINER BOB BROADSTOCK (3:46 min)

 

THOROUGHBRED TRAINER SHERRY MCLEAN (2:28 min)

 

In the first stage, Equine Guelph tailored its successful two-week online biosecurity course to Ontario Racing Commission officials (ORC) in a half-day workshop and subsequent two-week online course. The course covered racing specific topics.

In the second stage, a ‘Virtual Video Tour’ featuring biosecurity expert Dr. Scott Weese was developed. These informative five-minute videos offer assessments and practical solutions for racetrack paddocks and training centre barns. The videos are packed full of useful and practical information that make sense for every racing stable wanting to reduce the chances of illness. The videos can be viewed on the Equine Guelph website, under infection control resources.

INFECTION CONTROL AT THE TRAINING CENTRE (5:04 min)

 

INFECTION CONTROL AT THE RACETRACK (5:04 min)

“Biosecurity is trying to prevent things from coming on the property and infection control is trying to contain the risk we always have.” Weese explains. One practical example of infection control is using chain cross ties rather than rope because they can be easily be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe. They should also be adjusted short enough that horses cannot chew on them.

In stage three, racehorse owners, trainers and groomers have been receiving material distributed by the ORC and racetrack officials. Printed resources are available at all ten Ontario race tracks, paddocks and offices as well as approximately twenty major training centres. The print material includes posters outlining five key things horse care takers need to know to protect horses from getting sick, and a handy checklist to use at home and the track. USB sticks containing the new video resources will also be distributed.

The key to prevention is focusing on what you can control. Using vaccines to lower the odds of sickness, not sharing equipment such as buckets and washing hands regularly, especially if you are handling more than one horse are just a few of the practical steps. By spreading the word on biosecurity and infection control, Equine Guelph is helping facilities save money in veterinary bills and days off by lowering the odds of their horses getting sick in the first place.

In partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Equine Guelph is developing a ‘Full-Circle-Responsibility’ equine welfare educational initiative which stands to benefit horses in both the racing and non-racing sectors.

This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario. Other partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Equine Canada, Grand River Agricultural Society, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Racing Commission, Ontario Veterinary College, Quarter Horse Racing Association, Standardbred Canada and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.

Equine Guelph would like to hear your feedback on the new infection control resources. If you would like to offer feedback, you can do so by completing a survey on it here.

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.

(with files from Equine Guelph)

Spread The Word, Not Germs

August 19, 2015 – Equine Guelph, in partnership with the Ontario horse racing industry, has launched a targeted, racing-specific biosecurity training program for all levels of the racing industry – from key stakeholders all the way down to grassroots.

Training sessions, tools, resources and videos are available to all three horse racing disciplines – Standardbred/Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse – to help protect the industry from the threat of infectious disease. Visit the Equine Guelph Infection Control Resources page.


Infection control is easier to understand when illustrated by Mark and Dan. Through unique whiteboard videos, Equine Guelph would like you to meet Mark, a lifelong member of the horse racing industry. Mark takes you on a journey through a steep learning curve as he recognizes the threats viruses and bacteria pose for his herd. You will hear about how he experienced the need for good infection control practices firsthand. His story is all about the basics and answers: What are the differences between bacteria and viruses? How are they spread? What can you do to prevent them?

His brother Dan also has an important story to tell. Watch a second video where he tells his story about improving infection control practices to keep his horses happy, healthy and at peak performance. This video answers: What should my goals for infection control be? How can I prevent illness at home? How can I prevent illness at the track?

Both whiteboard videos are part of a targeted, racing-specific biosecurity training program launched by Equine Guelph in partnership with the Ontario horse racing industry. The program consists of training sessions, tools, resources and videos available to all three horse racing disciplines – Standardbred/Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse. This three-stage program will help to protect the industry from the threat of infectious disease.

STANDARDBRED TRAINER BEN WALLACE (3:15 min)

 

QUARTERHORSE TRAINER BOB BROADSTOCK (3:46 min)

 

THOROUGHBRED TRAINER SHERRY MCLEAN (2:28 min)

 

In the first stage, Equine Guelph tailored its successful two-week online biosecurity course to Ontario Racing Commission officials (ORC) in a half-day workshop and subsequent two-week online course. The course covered racing specific topics.

In the second stage, a ‘Virtual Video Tour’ featuring biosecurity expert Dr. Scott Weese was developed. These informative five-minute videos offer assessments and practical solutions for racetrack paddocks and training centre barns. The videos are packed full of useful and practical information that make sense for every racing stable wanting to reduce the chances of illness. The videos can be viewed on the Equine Guelph website, under infection control resources.

INFECTION CONTROL AT THE TRAINING CENTRE (5:04 min)

 

INFECTION CONTROL AT THE RACETRACK (5:04 min)

“Biosecurity is trying to prevent things from coming on the property and infection control is trying to contain the risk we always have.” Weese explains. One practical example of infection control is using chain cross ties rather than rope because they can be easily be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe. They should also be adjusted short enough that horses cannot chew on them.

In stage three, racehorse owners, trainers and groomers have been receiving material distributed by the ORC and racetrack officials. Printed resources are available at all ten Ontario race tracks, paddocks and offices as well as approximately twenty major training centres. The print material includes posters outlining five key things horse care takers need to know to protect horses from getting sick, and a handy checklist to use at home and the track. USB sticks containing the new video resources will also be distributed.

The key to prevention is focusing on what you can control. Using vaccines to lower the odds of sickness, not sharing equipment such as buckets and washing hands regularly, especially if you are handling more than one horse are just a few of the practical steps. By spreading the word on biosecurity and infection control, Equine Guelph is helping facilities save money in veterinary bills and days off by lowering the odds of their horses getting sick in the first place.

In partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Equine Guelph is developing a ‘Full-Circle-Responsibility’ equine welfare educational initiative which stands to benefit horses in both the racing and non-racing sectors.

This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario. Other partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Equine Canada, Grand River Agricultural Society, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Racing Commission, Ontario Veterinary College, Quarter Horse Racing Association, Standardbred Canada and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.

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.

(with files from Equine Guelph)
(Standardbred Canada)

Equine Guelph’s Farm Fire Safety Tips

Equine Guelph has announced a list of farm safety tips for everyone looking to minimize fire risks on their properties or in their barns and stables.

Barn fires are every horse owner’s worst nightmare, one that can bring significant emotional and economic loss. The most reliable approach to fire safety is to plan for the worst by having solid procedures in place for fire prevention and adhere to them daily.

Fire is caused when a ‘fuel’ and ‘ignition’ source meet. Hay, bedding, and wooden materials are common examples of fuel found on the farm, while improperly-cured hay, electrical malfunctions, and carelessness with smoking are common sources of ignition. Practicing protection and prevention techniques will help keep these two elements from contact.

Data released in 2012 by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management in Ontario indicated $57.6 million in losses in buildings classified under the National Farm Building Code in 2007, notes Ralph Snyder, Assistant District Chief of the Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department. This represents a 67.4 per cent increase over the previous year’s loss of $34.4 million due to fire. With the evolution toward large-scale farming and associated farm buildings increasing in value, the financial losses continue to climb.

“When these large structures catch fire, they are more difficult to control and extinguish, resulting in greater financial losses to both the structure and its contents,” he adds.

Electrical malfunctions are a primary ignition source for many fires, including barns, advises Snyder. “Farm buildings can be at an increased risk because of the corrosive environment found in livestock barns,” he says. “This causes corrosion of exposed metal components (such as wires, connections, etc.), which creates increased resistance and heat at wiring connections. This can result in ignition of surrounding combustible materials. The Electrical Safety Authority has stringent requirements for installation of electrical equipment in animal confinement areas.”

In order to offset any potential fire hazards, Snyder recommends having an annual electrical inspection done by a qualified electrician to check for signs of deterioration or corrosion and repair any issues that are found.

In addition, all electrical wiring, switches, or plugs should be placed well out of a horse’s reach and covered in weatherproof boxes or conduit. All light fixtures should be caged and approved for stable use. When not in use, electrical equipment should be unplugged and properly stored away. Special attention should be paid to water bucket heaters, as they continue to heat even when the water bucket is empty. This could result in the plastic melting and igniting stall bedding and hay.

“In our experience, we find that barn fires seem to be more prevalent in cold weather conditions,” states MacPherson. “For example, the heating/electrical system can be taxed pertaining to drinking water freezing and thawing, and allowing the watering buckets to run dry. This leaves the elements exposed causing bedding or other combustible material to ignite. We have also found that in the fall months, improper storage of fall crops contain too much moisture and spontaneous combustion occurs in the stored feed.”

MacPherson says the best way to combat stable fires is to identify all potential ignition sources and take the necessary steps to eliminate them. This starts with good housekeeping, which includes installing a fire detection system and keeping the system functional and operational by keeping the sensors clean and in good working order.

“Depending on the value associated with your stable, a dry sprinkler system with the connection outside the barn for fire department connection, or an independent pump system, would be a valuable tool to stop the spread of fire,” he says.

Other important housekeeping steps include keeping the stable clean and free of clutter such as cobwebs and dust, which are excellent fuel sources. Any loose hay or straw should be swept up and disposed of properly. The removal of potential combustible materials also includes the trimming of weeds, grasses and brush from around buildings and regular removal of rubbish. Equip all buildings with a minimum five pound ‘ABC’ fire extinguisher at all exits and in any mechanical and feed rooms, and make sure employees know how to use one.

Another important tip is to regularly maintain farm equipment and have it stored in a separate building. It is also recommended that hay and bedding be stored in a building separate from where the horses are kept or that it be restricted to a separate section of the stable separated by a firewall. Enforce a ‘no smoking’ policy in and around the facility and post signs prohibiting this where they can be easily seen.

“We highly suggest that every stabled horse has a halter that fits hanging on their stall door with the lead rope attached,” he says. “Leather is preferable, as a nylon halter can melt in the heat. Consider marking each halter with glow-in-the-dark paint or attaching reflectors to assist during times of poor visibility.”

MacPherson strongly recommends that farm owners prepare a site-specific fire safety plan, known as a ‘pre-plan.’ This would include mapping out the location of where all animals are being housed, as well as the location of all emergency utility shutoffs, and identifying all buildings on the property and sources of water available, should firefighters require access to it.

“Have a detailed fire plan, which includes listing the location of combustibles and where feed is stored, with a copy given to your local fire department for their pre-plans,” he says. This would greatly assist firefighters in familiarizing themselves with your property before a fire happens.

Stable owners can consult with their local fire department for advice on preparing a pre-plan and obtain information on fire prevention. Most fire departments will visit your farm if invited and point out ways to minimize potential fuel sources on their property. This would be especially beneficial before one begins to renovate their stable or build a new facility.

There is no such thing as a fireproof building, and no matter how well you prepare, accidents can happen. Develop a fire emergency plan ahead of time, keep it readily accessible and practice the plan prior to any emergency, as these steps will assist in keeping you and your horses safe. In case of fire, it’s important to remain calm, call 911, and proceed with the emergency plan. Once the fire crew arrives, step aside, wait for direction, and let the professionals do what they’re trained to do. For further information on preparing an emergency plan, please refer to ‘When Disaster Strikes, Plan to be Prepared.’

In case of an emergency, Snyder recommends that the stable’s physical address be posted in a prominent place, preferably by the phone should someone who is not familiar with the address be making the emergency 911 call. Also make sure that the address can be easily seen from both directions of the road in order to get the fastest response.

“Always keep an open roadway around the perimeter of buildings for access by heavy firefighting equipment, and then keep it well-maintained so that it is accessible year around,” he says.

Every stable user should have fire safety in mind. Plan ahead with fire prevention practices and have an up-to-date pre-plan on hand to help to reduce the risk of fire.

“Education of fire prevention awareness is fundamental to both the property owner and hired hands,” says MacPherson. “Internet information from reputable sources such as universities and colleges of agriculture offer valuable information, as well as discussing any concerns with your local fire department.”

Want to learn more? Equine Guelph will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Horse Owners in Guelph on September 18 followed by a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness and Operations Level Course on September 19, 20, 21.

(Equine Guelph, Standardbred Canada)

Try Free Colic Risk Evaluator Tool From Equine Guelph

After declaring 2013 the ‘Year of Colic Prevention,’ Equine Guelph has announced the release of its latest online health care tool, the Colic Risk Rater. The free, customized tool is designed for the individual horseperson to rate his/her horse’s risk of colic.

The Colic Risk Rater assesses and calculates colic risk while providing useful feedback on management practices through a series of questions in 10 categories, requiring less than 10 minutes to complete.

The goal of the Colic Risk Rater tool is to provide horse owners a simple way to determine if their horse is at a high risk for colic, given the horse’s personal scenario. After each question, the risk rater dial will fluctuate back or forth, revealing the constantly changing risk – and in the end, providing an overall colic risk rating calculation for each horse.

Historically, colic became the horse’s arch nemesis thousands of years ago when humans started taking horses out of their natural environment. The use and management of modern horses are a huge departure from their wild counterparts, placing them at a higher risk of colic.

Logically, it follows in Dr. Christine King’s writings from ‘Preventing Colic in Horses’ that 80 per cent of colic cases are management-related. Dr. Crossan, guest speaker in Equine Guelph’s colic prevention eWorkshop, concurs with Dr. King’s staggering statistic. “Experts agree that the majority of colic’s are a result of management practices,” says Dr. Crossan. “Prevention through management is the best course of action when it comes to colic.”

Thus, horse owners can play a major role in reducing colic risk through management. Owners must be aware of the risk factors, especially the ones we can manage such as feeding, housing, parasite control and stress.

The Colic Risk Rater is one more crucial tool in the horse caregiver’s arsenal, designed to identify the risk factors and provide prevention tips, aiming to minimize needless pain and suffering of our equine companion. Given that colic is the No. 1 killer of horses (other than old age), the 10-minute investment in this free tool is invaluable.

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, the Agricultural Adaptation Council delivers this program. 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.

To check out the Colic Risk Rater or to find out more about Equine Guelph’s Colic Prevention Programs including the upcoming fall eWorkshop, scheduled for September 9 -22, click here.

(Equine Guelph)