Equine Guelph declares 2013 the year of colic prevention

Equine Guelph is combating the number one killer of horses (other than old age!) with a new eWorkshop on colic prevention, March 11 to 24.

This affordable online short course is designed to help horse owners understand colic and take preventative measures by following good stable management practices. At a cost of only $75 plus HST, this eWorkshop could translate into thousands of dollars of savings by helping horse owners avoid the nightmare of colic.

Equine Guelph’s Colic Prevention eWorkshop will cover topics that will help horse caregivers reduce colic in horses 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 Equine Guelph’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 this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this 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.

For more information about how to reduce the risk of colic using Equine Guelph’s Colic Prevention Program, visit EquineGuelph.ca/eworkshops/colic.php.

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