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Equine Guelph Combats Colic with Your Help!August 2012

Help Us combat Colic - take the Survey

Story by: Jackie Bellamy

Guelph, ON. - Colic is the number one killer of horses (other than old age!) and Equine Guelph is launching a comprehensive colic survey across Canada to better understand colic management practices in the industry and how people are dealing with colic. "Understanding the horse owners' experiences with colic will assist in developing targeted educational programs," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.

Results from the survey will help develop Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program that includes a Colic Risk Rater and a Colic Prevention eWorkshop (a two-week online short course) with the aim of reducing horse owners' risk of colic.

"Colic is a major health issue facing horse owners both emotionally and financially. If horse owners are able to reduce their risk of colic through management, it will improve both the overall health and welfare of the horse" states, Dr. Judith Koenig, associate professor at the Ontario Veterinary College.

This is the first survey of its kind in Canada. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and is available online through The survey will be open from July 25th September 25th, 2012.

Participants of the survey will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of two registrations to Equine Guelph's upcoming Colic Prevention eWorkshop!

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, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

For more information about Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program,


Survey button available upon request from: Diane Gibbard.