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MARCH/APRIL 2017 THE RIDER /57


Love Horses - Learn Welfare The herd is gathering!


Story by: Jackie Bellamy- Zions Guelph, Ontario - Give your horse the best Valentine’s Day gift by being the great- est champion for equine welfare that you can be. A full herd of online learners signed up in less than 20 minutes after Equine Guelph announced the offi- cial launch of TheHorsePor- tal.ca. The feedback has been extremely positive for the new online learning community resulting from an innovative industry part- nership including ten provincial equestrian feder- ations across Canada. The inaugural courses offered are: ‘Equine Welfare - Canada’s Code’ and ‘Equine Biosecurity - Canada’s stan- dard’.


TheHorsePortal.ca is easy to navigate and rave about the wonderful content and inter- activity. Horse enthusiasts are coming together from all backgrounds: from just starting out in the industry to facility owners and oper- ators of large and small sta- bles, new horse owners, boarders and professionals committed to life-long learning and staying up to date on the latest advances. Content in the first two


curity course are finding many simple changes they can make to help protect their horses from infectious disease on and off their property. The course guest speaker, Dr. Alison Moore, Lead Veterinarian, Animal Health & Welfare at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs was also a contributor to the new National Farm-Level Biose- curity standard for the Equine Sector. Moore is well versed in articulating the reality of biosecurity being more about diligence than difficulty. Moore stresses the importance of having a biosecurity plan and being able to communi- cate it clearly with every member of the barn commu- nity.


fantastic at TheHorsePor- tal.ca as “aha” moments are shared, connecting evi- denced-based course con- tent to student experience and resulting in practical ap- plications. The discussion forums are full of statements such as, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know” or “I learned that lesson the hard way” and “I’ve always done that but I didn’t really know


The herd dynamics are


short courses has already been reported as very help- ful to those considering fa- cility renovations and management practices to optimize their horse’s well- being. Learning the basics on Canada’s two new na- tional standards imparts im- portant knowledge to make the best informed decisions for the health and welfare of horses. Many of the stu- dents who had not heard of the new Equine Code of Practice are quickly realiz- ing its value in evaluating whether changes need to be made or not pertaining to their horse’s management. Students of the biose-


Students so far say


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why.” “This is an online com-


munity where science, prac- tical application and discussion come together to facilitate learning,” says, Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker. “Students from Equine Guelph have been making a difference − the knowledgeable horse


owner or caregiver is well equipped to have meaning- ful proactive discussions with their horse healthcare providers. Equine Guelph looks forward to partnering with the equine industry around the world to bring horse people together to learn about equine welfare and care as a community.”


next offerings: Join the herd for the


‘Equine Biosecurity - Canada’s standard’ April 10 -28


go to TheHorsePortal.ca For more information, Don Rowntree


via Pax E t Ltd., Georgetown donrowntree@hotmail.com (416) 464-2373


Large, square bales, top quality, no rain or dust. 1st and 2nd cut Timothy, OG and Alfalfa Mixes. Delivery available in 20-30 bale loads. Limited supply of Small 21 Bale Barrons. Also some straw.


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