Horse Behaviour and Safety Online for Everyone! – There is Still Time to Register! 

Equine Guelph’s popular Horse Behaviour and Safety online course is now available for youth (14 – 17)!  This October, the young and keen will have their own special community to learn the language of horses.  The adult offering, also available this October, has brought together horse enthusiasts from across Canada and all over the globe in past offerings.  “Through learning how horses perceive the world around them, their human handlers can develop safe best practices for working with them,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.  A hefty percentage of horse related injuries are due to human error and could be prevented if the handler had basic education in safety.

TheHorsePortal.com community has plenty to say so far about the Horse Behaviour and Safety course:

Internationally recognized, past and future guest speaker for the adult offering, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez is no stranger to importance of preparedness and awareness around horses.  Bringing her wealth of experience from Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Inc (TLAER), she has plenty of illuminating stories to share.

Gimenez says, “The best part of teaching in these online courses is imagining their faces - you can practically SEE their AH-HA! moments over their participation - they really start getting it when they read all the threads and comment on each other's experiences.

I actually had a student contact me personally about meeting me when I came up to Guelph for the course - he had experienced so many of these situations in his working life at a racetrack and eventing barn then western gymkana / barrel racing situations.  It was neat to put a name to a face and discuss these in person!”

Omar from Orangeville, ON attests to the quality of instruction and is a firm believer in the continuing learning required in the horse industry.

“The Horse Behaviour and Safety online course was a great introduction to equine education. Being able to connect with likeminded equine enthusiasts only made me enjoy my passion more. The instructors were excellent and laid out a lot of very important and enlightening material that could easily be managed while tending to outside work within the few weeks of the course period. They were always on top of any questions the class had and encouraged discussions. The expert guest speaker was wonderfully selected.

Taking part in discussions from day one, she made it her goal to be a part of the class and not just as a guest speaker for the few days she was scheduled for. I've been in and around the equine industry in some way for the past 25 years, and I'm still having myths dispelled and fresh points of view brought to light by a course like this. Clearly, I haven't stopped learning!
I definitely made the right choice in taking part in the short course!”

Julie from Australia looks forward to more from TheHorsePortal.

“I really enjoyed the short course; the course material was insightful and easy to read. The quizzes were a great way to go over learned information and the guest speaker was quite helpful. All in all I am really happy with the course and will be looking at taking more.”

Sharron from Ashton, ON, already an Equine Guelph lifetime learning student, found great value in this short course.

“I am a graduate of the Equine Science Certificate and also a graduate of the Equine Science Diploma. I gained knowledge from this course which was new and useful...you can never know too much nor do you ever know everything!”

Sorrel from Armstrong, BC vouches for the broad audience for this and all Equine Guelph courses.

“The courses offered by Equine Guelph are invaluable to anyone who is involved with horses, from beginners to experts. I'd recommend them to anyone.”

Thanks to a grant from the Grand River Agricultural Society, the adult and youth offerings of Horse Behaviour and Safety will run October 2–22, 2017.

The University of Kentucky’s Saddle Up Safely (SUS) program and Equine Guelph have announced a partnership to provide members of SUS’ partner organizations with a discount.  Saddle Up Safely is partnered with equine and safety organizations throughout the United States, and members of these partner organizations will receive a 10% discounted rate when registering for adult or youth versions of the online course at www.TheHorsePortal.com/SUS using coupon code sus2017hbs.

Join the Herd, go to TheHorsePortal.ca.

Notes to Editor:
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. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca.

Story by:  Jackie Bellamy-Zions

Image:  Bay and Gray frolicking (from TheHorsePortal course site)

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