An online short course designed to help horse owners understand and prevent colic is on offer by Equine Guelph.
With colic being the number one killer of horses (other than old age!), the eWorkshop aims to help horse owners take preventative measures by following good stable management practices.
The course, which takes place from March 11 to 24, costs $75 plus HST.
It will cover topics that will help horse caregivers reduce colic by identifying risk factors, understanding different types of colic, detecting early signs and symptoms, assessing their management plans and developing preventative strategies.
Upon completion of the Colic Prevention eWorkshop, participants are eligible to receive a certificate from Equine Guelph. This two-week online course also qualifies for Equine Canada coaches updating credits.
As part of the colic prevention program, Equine Guelph is also launching its latest free online health care tool, the “Colic Risk Rater,” which will assess and calculate colic risk and provide useful feedback on management practices.
Every month in 2013, Equine Guelph will be providing a practical colic prevention tip in EquineGuelph’s e-News, which will be capped off with the release of a Colic Prevention Tips poster in December.
Equine Guelph would like to thank everyone who participated last fall in Equine Guelph’s Canada-wide colic survey. “Understanding the horse owners’ experiences with colic has assisted Equine Guelph in developing a Colic Prevention Program tailored to the industry’s needs,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.
In addition to funding from Alltech and Standardbred Canada, investment in the project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, the program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council. 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.
More information: EquineGuelph.ca/eworkshops/