Equine Guelph to Offer Horse Growth, Development Course

Equine Guelph to Offer Horse Growth, Development Course

Sound management and health practices play a key role in building a solid foundation for a foal's future.

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When it comes to breeding the importance of sound management and health practices play a key role in building a solid foundation toward a horse’s future. Equine Guelph will be offering its newly updated “Growth and Development” online course as part of its Fall 2014 lineup, which has been designed to increase awareness by incorporating the advances in research and evolving management practices for the broodmare and stallion.

“The growth and development course would eliminate all the old wives’ tales and myths, and replace tradition with hard facts from research and development,” said course instructor Doug Nash who served as farm manager at Glengate Farms in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada, for almost 30 years. “It would also bring (attendees) up-to-date with the latest technology, nutrition, and methods used today by the professionals of the trade, through class discussion and the use of guest speakers, as well as the new audio/visuals and revised textbook.”

Offered as a 12-week online course through the University of Guelph in September, key topics will include:

  • Examining barn and breeding facilities,
  • Property location and renovation of an existing facility,
  • Water sources and quality,
  • Biosecurity,
  • Nutrition,
  • Animal conditioning for reproduction,
  • Reproduction, and
  • Sound management practices prior to conception.

The course will also include video interviews with experienced industry breeders and video demonstrations of preparing for semen collection and new technological advances such as embryo transfer.

Registration for Equine Guelph’s Fall 2014 semester is now open with courses beginning on Sept. 15. More information is available at www.EquineStudiesOnline.ca or by contacting Open Learning and Educational Support at info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca or 519/767-5000.

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