Equine Guelph Online Equine Community Responds to Industry Request During COVID-19
Are you succeeding in keeping yourself and the kids busy during self-isolation and social distancing? The Ontario Government has enacted a Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public, and this includes the closure of riding facilities . As the challenges of this pandemic continue, we are all looking for ways to cope.
In response to requests coming in from the industry, Equine Guelph has moved up the start date and extended access for both their youth (13 – 17) and adult offerings of the Online Horse Behaviour and Safety Course.
By joining the Equine Guelph online community, equestrians can stay connected during this time of social distancing. You can even learn together with a FAMILY BOGO deal – buy one adult offering and receive a youth offering for free!
The courses are typically run over two weeks but access has been extended from Monday March 23 until May 11, 2020. For less than the cost of a missed riding lesson, students will be able to join in a highly interactive online learning community with group discussions amongst their peers, Q&A’s with the course instructor and an expert guest speaker.
Registration is open now and will remain open from Mar 23 – May 1. For those already enrolled, for the course previously scheduled to begin April 6th, you will be able to join in early. Learn at an easy pace with the ability to log on 24/7 to the course and enjoy the extended access on the discussion boards. Keep your horse-crazy kid from going stir-crazy with this fantastic learning opportunity. Adults will also find solace, especially if their barn time has been limited during this trying time of social distancing.
“The Horse Portal brings together our youth in a safe, online community where they will learn how to ‘speak horse’ – and, ultimately, stay safe around horses and on the farm!” says Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker. “From grass roots to adult industry professionals, we are so proud when our students tell us how our courses have helped them.”
Course Topics include:
- The Horse in the Wild – A Herd and Flight Animal
- The Modern Day Horse
- How Horses See and Hear
- Herd Behaviour – How Horses Interact with Each Other
- Horse Handling/Approaching a Horse
- Rider/Helmet Safety
- Trailer Loading Safety Basics
- Safety around the Barn and Paddocks
- Fire Safety
- Returning from an Injury
Equine Guelph online students from across the globe are becoming industry leaders and making a difference to horse health and welfare.
Watch videos of success stories.
Join the supportive online community at TheHorsePortal.ca to connect with horse lovers and see where your love of horses will take you.
Equine Guelph has partnered with all English-speaking equestrian federations across Canada as well as youth groups and international organizations. Check the partners tab to see if you qualify for a special 10-15% course discount for TheHorsePortal.ca courses. Partners discounts are applicable for those taking advantage of the FAMILY BOGO deal! Learn together!
Notes to Editor:
Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and care givers’ Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada. 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
Photos: Equine Guelph Graduates
Photo Credit: Chris Fralick
Photo Caption: Equine Guelph online students from across the globe are becoming industry leaders and making a difference to horse health and welfare.
Other web links: Equine Guelph Online Short Courses: https://thehorseportal.ca/courses/
Adult offering Equine Guelph Horse Behaviour and Safety course:
Youth offering Equine Guelph Horse Behaviour and Safety course:
Equine Guelph Videos of Student success stories: https://www.equineguelph.ca/pdf/media_releases/International%20Womens%20Day.pdf
Jackie Bellamy-Zions, Communications
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
519.824.4120 ext. 54756