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Horse Care and Welfare Short Online Course at TheHorsePortalJuly 2018

Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions

happy horses graphic“Possessing evidence-based horse care and welfare knowledge will save you money and reduce your horse’s risk of injury and illness,” says Equine Guelph director and course instructor, Gayle Ecker. Covering a broad array of topics, every horse owner and caregiver will come away having learned something new about horse care and welfare after the Sept 17 – Oct 5, three week short online course. The best news is with 24/7 access to the site and no set times to be online, it fits into a busy schedule and costs less than a visit from the veterinarian. It is very true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Whether you run an equine business, have owned a horse for years or are just starting to think of buying a horse – if you are 16 years of age or older this horse care and welfare course is for you! Offered online by Equine Guelph in a unique Canadian partnership with each of the provincial equestrian federations and Equestrian Canada (EC), this course has been accepted for PD credits for EC’s coaching program. It also qualifies for Ontario Association of Veterinary Technician’s (OAVT) continuing education credits. Equine Guelph's Horse Care and Welfare course is Based on the National Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines, and considers the care and management of horses in terms of the Five Freedoms of animal welfare.

Our students come from a multitude of backgrounds: educators, new horse owners, youth leaders, boarding farm operators, future equine professionals and more. Here is what they have to say:

“The Horse Care and Welfare short course was phenomenal! All aspects of equine care are explored and discussed in an online community. You are doing yourself and your equine partner(s) a disservice if you don't take the time to educate yourself about the Five Freedoms, The Code of Practice and corresponding Scientific Reports.”

Karen Pearson – Student, Horse Care and Welfare

“This was an amazing course to get you started, as a refresher, and to build library materials. I can't wait to share what I have learned with students and other barn staff and horse enthusiasts. The best part, it was only 3 weeks and fit right into my busy schedule!”

Patti McGonigal, Stable Hand (Echo Bay, ON) – Student, Horse Care and Welfare

“I think the Horse Care and Welfare course is a wonderful learning tool for ALL horse owners or potential owners. The Code of Practice contains valuable information regarding the welfare of all equines.”

Debbie Simpson, Competition Coach/ Judge (Regina, SK) – Student, Horse Care and Welfare

Join the herd and get ready for some lively discussions with horse caretakers that put the health and well-being of their animals first.

Register for the Horse Care and Welfare online course before Sept 17th.