Equine Guelph to Host Horse Behavior, Safety eWorkshop

Equine Guelph, the horse owners' and care givers' center at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has announced a second offering of its online horse behavior and safety workshop April 1-14, 2013. This two-week online course is designed for people who would like to learn more about best practices for handling horses safely.

Education is pivotal for prevention. Injuries due to horses are one of the leading causes of animal-related hospitalizations and fatalities, according to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR). A recent study conducted by the University of Kentucky (UK) Healthcare/UK College of Agriculture revealed that 40-60% of equine-related injury patients believed their injuries were preventable and due to rider error.

"The first 'Horse Behavior and Safety eWorkshop' sold out within two hours of announcement," notes Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. "We are pleased by the interest that horse people are showing in educating themselves about 'why' horses behave the way they do in order to become safer handlers."

Equine Guelph's Horse Behavior and Safety eWorkshop will help horse people:

  • Understand horse behavior and how to speak their language;
  • Learn smart, practical horse handling skills to stay safe; and
  • Reduce physical risks on your horse's farm creating a safe environment.

Ten sections will be covered: the horse in the wild as a herd and flight animal, how horses see, how horses hear, horse herd behavior and interaction, horse handling/approaching a horse, rider/helmet safety, trailer loading safety basics, safety around the barn and paddocks, and fire safety.

Funding has been generously provided by Canadian Agricultural Safety Association through the Growing Forward Program and partners: Equine Hippique Canada, Kubota Canada, SSG Riding Gloves, Saddle Up SAFELY, System Fencing, UK Ag Equine University of Kentucky, UK Healthcare, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, and equestrian federations across Canada.

The second Horse Behaviour and Safety eWorkshop costs $75 plus HST, and space is limited. For more details contact Susan Raymond at slraymon@uoguelph.ca or visit EquineGuelph.ca/eworkshops/behaviour_safety.php.


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