Equine Guelph Offers Online Education

Upcoming Online Educational Offerings


Registration is open for Fall equine online courses by Equine Guelph, University of Guelph


12-Week Online Courses – register at EquineStudiesOnline.ca


Fall 2018 (September 10-December 2

Management of the Equine


Equine Health & Disease Prevention

Equine Nutrition

Equine Behaviour

Equine Functional Anatomy

Stewardship of the Equine Environment

Equine Business Management

Advanced Equine Behaviour


Winter 2019* 

Management of the Equine Environment

Equine Health & Disease Prevention

Equine Nutrition

Equine Functional Anatomy

Equine Behaviour

The Equine Industry

Equine Event Management

Global Perspectives in Equine Welfare

Marketing & Communications in the Equine Industry

*tentative offerings



Short Online Courses at TheHorsePortal.ca


Horse Behaviour & Safety for Youth (ages 14-17): July 23 – August 10

Horse Care & Welfare: September 17 – October 5

Sickness Prevention: October 15 – 26

Gut Health & Colic Prevention: November 12 – 30

Horse Behaviour & Safety: January 21- February 8, 2019


PDF:  http://www.equineguelph.ca/pdf/courses/Upcoming%20Course%20Offerings_F18_W19-LINKS.pdf



Free Online Course Offered on Colic Prevention

Three-week online course will run this winter from Jan. 22-Feb. 11.

Health & Colic Prevention’ online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The three-week online course will run this winter from January 22 – February 11, 2018 on Equine Guelph’s new online training platform, The Horse Portal.

According to the 2016 Equine Guelph Horse Racing Industry Survey, gut issues were ranked as the number three health issue behind respiratory issues and injuries. Not only is colic the number one killer of horses, but it is a major issue facing the horse racing industry. Excessive amounts of grain in the diet and forage variation are thought to contribute to an increased risk of colic and other gut issues. Changes in stabling, exercise level and stress may also cause an increased risk of colic.

“Educating the horse racing community on how to reduce the risk of colic and gut issues will be extremely valuable to grooms and trainers,” says Hugh Mitchell, Chair of Ontario Racing. He adds, “This training will also benefit the health and well-being of the elite equine athletes as well.”

The three-week online short course will be flexible and practical with content appropriate for the racing industry. The course will be delivered from respected experts from the horse racing community. For the first time, trainers and grooms from the three sectors will come together in discussion groups to share expertise and experience with each other.

“Offering the ‘Gut Health & Colic Prevention’ course at no charge will be an appealing way to engage the racing community to try out flexible, online learning on The Horse Portal,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.

To register, go to www.TheHorsePortal.ca/OntarioRacing and apply the appropriate coupon code for the free course valued at $95. Registration for the 150 free courses will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 50 trainers and grooms from each sector.

This program is an online training partnership between Ontario Racing and Equine Guelph, with funding provided by Grand River Agricultural Society. Project partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. and Standardbred Canada. The online course is sponsored by Intercity Insurance Services Inc. and Capri Insurance Services Ltd.