EQUINE NEWS

Farm Safety Association and EquiMania! Working together ...September 2006

Farm Safety AssociationEquine Guelph is pleased to announce a new relationship with the Farm Safety Association. Interactive web resources focusing on farm safety will be developed and added to the EquiMania! website with funds generously provided by the Farm Safety Association. A child's safety is such an important factor when spending time on a farm but is sometimes overlooked. "In Ontario, children and youth between the ages of 1 to 19 years of age account for nearly 18% of farm fatalities and 20% of injuries" says Dean Anderson, CEO and President of the Farm Safety Association. "We hope to increase awareness of the hazards typically found on farms and are excited about this new initiative with Equine Guelph."

Those visiting the EquiMania! website will learn that knowing and dealing with risks is critical to prevent or minimize accidents from occurring. Horse enthusiasts of all ages will discover how a horse communicates, sees and hears so that one can work safely with them. Visitors will also hunt for hazards both within the barn and around the farm. In addition, interactive learning resources on fire safety and emergency planning will be incorporated into the site.

Equine Guelph would like to thank the Farm Safety Association for supporting the EquiMania! Youth Education Program. Since 1973, the Farm Safety Association has been providing up-to-date health and safety information to Ontario's agriculture, horticulture and landscaping industries.

EquiMania! is for youth of all ages who love horses and promotes horse health and safety through our virtual barn, annual Quiz Challenge and travelling Education Centre.

Visit EquiMania! at the Royal Winter Fair (November 3-12) and the Ontario Equestrian Federation's Annual Conference (November 24-26).

For more information on the EquiMania! Program