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Equine Guelph Online Horse Behaviour & Safety Course now offered for YouthSeptember 2017

Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions

woman and a horseGuelph, Ontario – On October 2-22, 2017, Equine Guelph will bring together horse enthusiasts from across Canada and beyond with its new Horse Safety & Behaviour course. The three-week online short course has already caused a stir in the equine industry with adults who have benefitted from this invaluable information for anyone involved with horses.

When hearing this offering was also going out to youth between age 14 and 17, safety crusader Jacqueline Brooks was quick to lend her support promoting education on rider safety. Canadian Jacqueline Brooks was one of the first Grand Prix dressage riders to routinely wear a helmet in international competition.

Learn more about staying safe around horses in Equine Guelph's Behaviour and Safety 3-week online course. Offerings for Adults and Youth (14 - 17).

Course Topics:

1. The Horse in the Wild – A Herd and Flight Animal
2. The Modern Day Horse
3. How Horses See and Hear
4. Herd Behaviour – How Horses Interact with Each Other
5. Horse Handling/Approaching a Horse
6. Rider/Helmet Safety
7. Trailer Loading Safety Basics
8. Safety around the Barn and Paddocks
9. Fire Safety
10. Returning from an Injury

The course will be delivered on The Horse Portal – Equine Guelph’s new e-training platform designed to provide a practical, common sense community approach to learning for horse enthusiasts of all ages.

“We are proud that our first online course for youth will deliver safety training to this grassroots segment of our industry,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. “The Horse Portal will bring together our young people in a safe, online community where they will learn how to ‘speak horse’ – and, ultimately, stay safe around horses and on the farm!”

Made possible by a grant from the Grand River Agricultural Society, Equine Guelph has developed the course for youth aged 14-17 and will also offer an adult version scheduled to run at the same time, Oct 2 – 22, 2017.

Equine Guelph has partnered with all English-speaking equestrian federations across Canada and a special 10% course discount is available for both adult and junior members. In addition, 50 free courses are on offer to 4-H Ontario Horse Club Members and 50 for Ontario Equestrian Federation Junior Members on a first-come-first served basis.

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