University of Guelph Equine Health Event

Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2024

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Date: July 15 and 16, 2024, 10am – 3pm each day

Location: Equine Sports Medicine and Reproduction Centre, University of Guelph, 50 McGilvray Lane, Guelph, ON.

Equine Health Event: A Holistic Approach to Equine Care

Guelph, ON – The University of Guelph, a leader in equine education, is proud to announce its upcoming Equine Health Event. This two-day event, slated to be held on July 15 and 16, 2024, will provide horse owners, managers, trainers and enthusiasts with a comprehensive understanding of equine care through expert-led presentations and demonstrations. This event is a fundraiser for our wonderful teaching horses that contribute to the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management Equine Management degree program at the University of Guelph.

Embracing a Holistic Approach

The Equine Health Event is designed to cover various aspects of equine well-being, including massage therapy, behaviour and training, saddle fitting, nutrition, first aid, and chiropractic care. By offering a holistic approach to equine care, attendees will gain valuable insights into optimizing their horse's health and performance.

Expert-Led Presentations and Demonstrations

Renowned equine specialists and industry professionals will lead interactive workshops and live demonstrations throughout the day. Participants will have the opportunity to learn practical techniques in areas such as:

  • Equine Massage by SMARTcert practitioner Melissa Caccamo: Discover the benefits of massage therapy for relaxation, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement by understanding the various muscles used in different disciplines.
  • Behaviour and Training by University of Guelph behaviour expert Dr Katrina Merkies and PhD candidate Caleigh Copelin: Explore effective strategies for understanding equine behaviour and learn new training techniques focused on positive reinforcement.
  • Saddle Fitting by Jochen Schleese and Julia Alebrand from Saddlefit4Life: Learn the importance of proper saddle fit and how it impacts horse and rider comfort and performance.
  • Nutrition by University of Guelph expert Dr Alex Rankovic and Madeline Boast of Balanced Bay: Understand the fundamentals of equine nutrition and how to develop balanced diets for optimal health. Learn about the importance of fatty acids in your horse’s diet.
  • First Aid by certified Equi-Health practitioner Sarah Labatt: Acquire essential first aid skills to handle common emergencies and injuries in horses.
  • Chiropractic Care by Dr Rachel Goodman, equine chiropractor: Explore the role of chiropractic adjustments in maintaining musculoskeletal health and improving performance.

Networking Opportunities and More

In addition to educational sessions, the Equine Health Event will provide networking opportunities for attendees to connect with fellow horse enthusiasts, professionals and vendors. Participants can browse exhibitor booths showcasing the latest products and services in equine care.

Register Today

Don't miss this unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and enhance your horse care skills. Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot. Tickets are $60 for one day or $100 for both days including lunch and refreshments. Visit Eventbrite for registration and event details.

About the University of Guelph Equine Management Program

The Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (BBRM) undergraduate degree majoring in Equine Management focuses on the development of leaders with a genuine regard for all horses and their well-being, a conscious concern for the environment and a passionate interest in all aspects of the horse industry. The 4-year program or 5-year coop combines a solid background in business, biological sciences and equine management through practical and theoretical experience. It provides in-depth understanding of the economic, environmental and social dimensions of all equine disciplines with a broad and current knowledge of horse industry issues and develops the skills to gather, access, interpret and apply industry data.

Media Contact:

Katrina Merkies, Professor, BBRM Equine Management
Department of Animal Biosciences, 50 Stone Road E 
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120 x54707

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