Guelph, ON November 15, 2021 – Equine Guelph has announced it will be offering two short online courses to stakeholders in the horse racing industry. Addressing the top two industry-identified health priorities (determined from a major industry survey conducted in Ontario, Canada), the two-week online courses, Racehorse Respiratory Health and Racehorse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care, will be delivered in winter of 2022 to trainers, grooms and owners around the world.
Ontario Racing, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) and Equine Guelph are partnering to make these courses available for free to valid AGCO licence holders in Ontario and a tuition-based model for those outside of the province of Ontario, Canada.
These practical, two-week online short courses from Equine Guelph are flexible, offering “24/7” access to owners, trainers and grooms busy with their racehorses.
Racehorses are elite athletes and peak performance can only be achieved with optimal health. Given the demanding life of the equine athlete, racehorses are at risk for respiratory issues, lameness and injury every day.
There are daily practices that can be employed to reduce the risk.
“Respiratory issues are ranked the number one health issue in the Ontario racing industry and we are pleased to make the course available to trainers and grooms keen on learning about how to reduce the risk through management,” says Gordon Thain, Executive Director. “Ontario Racing is committed to keeping the racing industry up-to-date on the latest information and education in regard to equine welfare, safety and performance.”
The Racehorse Respiratory Health course will give the racing industry an understanding of how horses breathe, how to help racehorses’ respiration and avoid respiratory issues. The Racehorse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care short course can be of benefit for all racehorse trainers and grooms in order to help prevent injury and how to manage lameness – improving the racehorse’s performance on the track!
“COSA is pleased to support the racing industry through its partnership with Equine Guelph,” says Bill O’Donnell, president. “Anything we can do to reduce injury and lameness can only benefit our horse people and the racehorse.”
Equine Guelph has been a pioneer and global leader in online education for equine professionals since its inception in 2003. The Horse Portal was launched in 2017 and this online training platform has become an international success, offering practical, common-sense training that can be used on a daily basis.
Stakeholders within the Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse Racing sectors can register ($95CDN) for the following courses by clicking here.
Racehorse Respiratory Health course, Jan. 24-Feb. 4, 2022 Racehorse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care course, Feb. 21-Mar. 4, 2022
Stay tuned for the announcement of course instructors and guest experts. For those who have never taken an online course before, no prior online learning experience is required.
by Henrietta Coole, for Equine Guelph