Month: February 2016

The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Four: An Athlete’s Need For Fluids

Did you know that losing as little as two percent of body weight through sweat can impair a rider’s ability to perform due to a low blood volume and less than optimal utilization of nutrients and oxygen? Water (fluids) comprises about 60 per cent of the body and is the most important nutrient. It is crucial […]

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The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Three: The Athlete’s Need For Fat 

Dietary fat has been blamed for many health problems. However, fat is actually an essential nutrient for optimal health. Adipose tissue (stored fat) provides cushion and insulation to internal organs, covers the nerves, is necessary in the digestion and assimilation of vitamins A, D, E, and K and is the largest reserve of stored energy available […]

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New Course Design Clinic for Coaches and Riders

  The Ontario Equestrian Federation is introducing a new training opportunity for athletes and coaches on April 11-12 that will teach course design principles in the classroom, with demonstrations under saddle to improve performance on course. Led by a team of certified professionals, this clinic offers a unique perspective behind the principles of course design in […]

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The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Two: Protein

Lean protein – Helps build and repair Proteins are often called the building blocks of the body. Protein consists of combinations of structures called amino acids that combine in various ways to help build and repair muscles, bone, tendons, skin, hair, and other tissues. They serve other functions as well, including nutrient transportation and enzyme […]

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Ballot Nominations Confirmed for 2016 Equine Canada Board of Directors

Equine Canada’s (EC) Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of eight (8) candidates that have been selected for presentation to EC’s voting members. EC’s Nominating Committee members are:  Jorge Bernhard  Chair (non-voting)  Mark Samuel  Category A Representative  Karen Sparks  Category A Representative  Susan Thompson  Category B Representative  Diane Goyette  Category B Representative  Michael […]

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The Art of Seeing When Managing Risks

By Kara Glauser, BFL Client Service Representative, Equine Team This winter we have seen a number of tragic barn fires in the equine community that have received a lot of publicity. While these incidents are not something we like to see, they offer a good reminder to our industry about best management practices on farms and […]

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