Equine Guelph to Offer Equine Welfare Online Course

Equine Guelph is pleased to announce the first offering of the Equine Welfare Course, taking place March 5 through May 27, 2012

This online course is designed for individuals who desire heightened awareness of global horse welfare issues including housing, management practices and procedures that can affect a horses well being.

Equine Guelph Director Gayle Ecker explains, "We know that horses are a prey species and therefore may be very good at hiding health concerns. It is our responsibility as caretakers, and members of the industry, to reach a high level of education and understanding in order to provide a high level of care."

Students will discuss pertinent welfare topics including how to recognize negative emotional states, how welfare can be objectively assessed in the horse, and specific practices which may compromise horse welfare.

Instructor Katrina Franken, MSc is excited about this unique online course designed to instill professional perspective and provide hands-on tools to tackle welfare issues: "The horse has a vast variety of roles in our lives. Whether it is a working equid in a developing country, an Olympic athlete flying around the world to compete, or a cherished family pet, they all have similar needs that can be surprisingly different from what we think."

This course will provide the students professional perspective. All too often horse lovers project very human characteristics onto their horses. The cheeky teaching pony who pulls every trick out of the bag to ditch its rider might actually be suffering from back problems caused by its saddle. Recognizing situations like these are some of the first steps to becoming a professional with advanced knowledge in equine welfare.

This course will look at the biological and emotional factors that affect a horse's quality of life. Students will learn how to assess welfare in practice and will discuss practical issues from a global perspective. Over the duration of the course, you will be provided with the background that is essential to really make a difference for horses.

Please visit www.EquineGuelph.ca for more information and prerequisites.

Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses supported and overseen by equine industry groups.

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